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Overview

Bryan handles a variety of complex matters before judges and juries, including employment disputes, contract and tort claims, stockholder disputes, franchise disputes, professional negligence, civil rights, insurance claims and healthcare litigation matters.

In addition, he has advised and defended television and newspaper clients concerning defamation issues. His work on behalf of industry clients has included:

  • Securing zoning changes and authorizations from governmental entities for the development of new commercial and residential real estate projects in several Missouri counties. 
  • Obtaining judgment on behalf of a developer in Stone County, Mo., in which the court struck down the county development code requiring the Stone County Commission to establish new zoning districts and new zoning ordinances.
  • Obtaining a defendant’s verdict for a manufacturing client concerning a premises liability claim for negligent design of building.

Bryan is a member of the firm’s Partner Board and is Managing Partner of the Springfield office. He served as a U.S. Army Reserve officer from 1990 to 1995.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Media Law, 2016-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • The Missouri Bar, David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award, 2003
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, two of the top 10 defendant’s verdicts in Missouri, 2010

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • B.A., Westminster College
    • Economics

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • The Missouri Bar, Media Law Committee
  • The Missouri Bar Foundation
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Experience
  • Obtained a defendant’s verdict for a manufacturing client concerning a premises liability claim for negligent design of building.
  • Obtained a defendant’s verdict for a trucking company client in an employment contract dispute in which the plaintiff’s demand was $2.5 million.
  • Secured a defendant’s verdict for a manufacturing client concerning claims for trespass, nuisance and negligence in which the plaintiff’s demand was $1.8 million.
  • Obtained a plaintiff’s judgment for a car dealership for breach of contract.
  • Obtained a defendant’s verdict for a hospital client in which the plaintiff claimed race discrimination.
  • Won multiple summary judgments for a hospital client concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a television station client concerning a defamation claim.
  • Obtained defendant’s judgment for a client sued for attempting to construct an ethanol plant in Webster County, Mo.
  • Secured zoning changes and authorizations from governmental entities for the development of new commercial and residential real estate projects in the Greene, Christian, Stone and Taney Counties of Missouri.
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of a developer in Stone County, Mo., in which the court struck down the county development code requiring the Stone County Commission to establish new zoning districts and new zoning ordinances.
  • Won summary judgment for a golf-course builder that was sued over payment for sod that the client rejected for quality reasons.
Community Leadership
  • Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way of the Ozarks
  • Care to Learn