Ward K. Brown

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Ward K. Brown is an AV-rated trial attorney who primarily works to secure just compensation on behalf of landowners in condemnation and eminent domain cases. After serving as a law clerk for two judges, Ward joined a law firm on the Country Club Plaza where he gained extensive experience in handling a variety of litigation matters including insurance, construction law and product liability cases, among others. Before joining Withers, Brant, Ward served as lead trial counsel for the Kansas City, Missouri’s Tax Increment Financing Commission in acquiring more than 200 properties. Since joining the firm in 2001, Ward has successfully represented landowners in numerous condemnation actions in various counties throughout the State of Missouri.   

 

Ward’s current practice also includes construction law, land use, insurance law, product liability and general trial practice.  

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Ward is a lifetime Northland resident and currently resides in Liberty. Ward's wife Michelle is a middle school guidance counselor and former 1st grade teacher. Ward and Michelle have two daughters, Allie and Haley. Ward formerly was a professional musician (pedal steel guitar and guitar). 


Areas of Practice
- Condemnation/Eminent Domain                 - Construction Law               

- Land Use & Zoning                                        - Insurance Law

- Local Government                                         - General Trial Practice

- Product Liability

 

Admissions

  • Missouri 

  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits 

  • United States Supreme Court


Professional and Community Involvement

  • Missouri Bar Association

  • Eminent Domain Committee, Missouri Bar

  • Clay County Bar Association

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationConstruction Law Committee

  • American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Litigation Committees

  • Jackson County CASA (former Board Chair and Volunteer Attorney)

  • Tri-County Mental Health Foundation (Board President)

  • Liberty Hospital Foundation (former Board President)

  • Liberty School District Foundation (former Board Chair)

  • Blue Jay Nation, Liberty High School (Founding President)

 

Sample Results in Eminent Domain Cases

 

Convenience Store for Road Improvement Project (Clay County)

Offer: $4,946.

Jury Verdict/Judgment: $500,000.

City took a small temporary easement and installed median restricting access.

 

Farmland Taken for Highway Project (Ray County)

Offer: $110,000.

Jury Verdict/Judgment: $843,125.16.

MoDOT took a swath of land for the re-routing of a state highway.

 

Hotel and Outdoor Advertising Sign Taken for Interstate Exit Ramp (Jackson County)

Offer: $358,262.

Jury Verdict/Judgment: $2,122,000 (plus prejudgment interest of $323,990.38).

MoDOT took a defunct hotel that was demolished to make way for a highway ramp.

 

Easement on Farmland for 345kv Electric Transmission Line (Ray County)

Offer: $37,400.

Jury Verdict/Judgment: $449,667.

Electric utility took a 17.35 permanent easement on a 272-acre farm and installed a 345kv electric transmission line. Case was tried to a Clay County jury although the property is located in Ray County.

 

Taking of Farm by Electric Cooperative (Carroll County)

Offer: $336,000.

Result: $500,000 (plus other non-monetary consideration to the landowner).

 

Farmland Taken for Regional Water Reservoir (Sullivan County)

Offer: $80,000.

Judgment: $211,500.

Partial taking of farm. Landowner was awarded $141,000 plus another $70,500 for “heritage value.”

 

Expansion of Regional Airport (Clay County)

Offer: $274,992.

Judgment: $669,500.

Partial taking of cattle farm for expansion of airport.

These samples are no guarantee of future results. Every case must be judged on its own merits. 

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