Matthew E. Birch

Matthew E. Birch

Partner since 2007
Kansas City, Missouri
866-484-8966 (Toll Free)

In my career, I have been blessed to represent many amazing people and their families. My greatest reward is the knowledge that my team's hard work and sacrifice has made a positive difference in the lives of many of our clients.

I joined the firm in the summer of 2000. In June of 2001, I left the firm to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Dean Whipple, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Upon completion of my clerkship in the summer of 2003, I returned to the firm. I have represented individuals and families injured by defective products, medical negligence or simply the careless acts of others. To my clients, cases are not about money; rather, cases are about changing corporate policy for the better; cases are about improving medical care in their community; or they are about honoring the memory of a loved-one by holding a wrong-doer responsible for his or her conduct. Regardless of my client's motivation, their battles become my battles and together we have affected much positive change.

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and I have lived in the area my entire life. Outside of the practice of law I try to spend as much time as I can with the five most beautiful women in the world: my wife Liz, and my four daughters, Reese, Paige, Laine and Grace.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2000

Areas of Practice

  • General Tort
  • Medical Negligence
  • Class Action Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Dean's Academic Achievement Awards for Highest Grades
    • Honors: Selected to the Dean's List Every Semester
    • Honors: Staff Member, Urban Lawyer
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Program
    • Law Review: U.M.K.C. Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas - 1997
    • Honors: Captain of the Tennis Team
    • Honors: Member, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Published Works

  • Casey Tourtillott & Matthew E. Birch, "The Right to Bring A Wrongful Death Claim in Kansas: Does the Statute of Limitations Begin to Run at Death", 70 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 103, 2001
  • Matthew E. Birch, "The Imposition of Punitive Damages for the Tortious Acts of Employees in Kansas", J.K.T.L.A. No. 3, 16 , 2001

Honors and Awards

  • "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2011
  • Selection to Missouri Lawyers Weekly 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers
  • Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Dean Whipple, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Judicial Law Clerk, 2001


  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

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