Brian J. Madden


Phone Number: 816.701.1132

4740 Grand Avenue Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64112

In Brief

Settled a commercial real estate case against the City of Kansas City, Missouri for $15 million on the Friday before trial was to begin

Achieved a $5.7 million verdict for his clients, which was the fifth largest verdict in Missouri that year

Achieved a defense verdict for his clients after a four-week federal court trial where plaintiff requested an award of $90 million.

Brian Madden has tried numerous, complex, and serious cases involving business disputes, personal injury, and wrongful death for both plaintiffs and defendants.

In addition to trial work, Brian practices in the appellate arena. For example, he successfully reversed a $5 million verdict, reversed an adverse judgment against clients in trust litigation, and protected a $1 million insurance coverage judgment for his clients.

Notable Litigation

  • $10 Million Settlement – Environmental Property Damage

    Wagstaff & Cartmell reached a $10 million class action settlement with an engineering firm on behalf of a class of Northwest Missouri landowners. The case involved allegations that a tannery distributed tannery sludge containing hexavalent chromium to landowners to use as fertilizer in four Missouri counties from 1983 to 2009. The defendant, an engineering firm, provided consulting services to

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  • $18 Million Class Action Settlement

    Brian Madden and others brought suit against the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement System for collection of $3 surcharge fees on court filings used to fund elected Missouri Sheriffs retirement.    We alleged that the $3 surcharge was unconstitutional under the Missouri Constitution’s open courts provisions.   The Missouri Supreme Court agreed with us and found the surcharge unconstitutional.   The Cour

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  • Citadel Plaza LLC v. City of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri – $15 million settlement

    Wagstaff & Cartmell represented Citadel Plaza LLC (Citadel) in a commercial real estate case against the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The City failed to provide partial funding per their contract for the project, after the client expended significant time and money redeveloping the site. As a result, the development project failed, and the client suffered substantial losses. The case was set

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  • Prospect North v. City of Kansas City, 16th Cir. Jackson County, Missouri – $6 million settlement

    Wagstaff & Cartmell represented a real estate developer against the City of Kansas City, Missouri regarding a breach of cooperative agreements. The developer contributed land and agreed to build public and private improvements in exchange for the City’s agreement to fund certain public improvements. After extensive delays, alleged to have been caused by the City, the project failed when the de

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  • Defense Verdict – Commercial Litigation

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Brian Madden, represented an oil and gas company sued for nuisance and unjust enrichment in federal court in Wichita, Kansas. The Plaintiff, a natural gas storage and transportation company, sought $90 million in damages for the production and sale of alleged storage gas. After a four-week jury trial, the jury returned a defense verdict for Brian's client.

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Practice Areas

Other Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability

Prior Work

Partner, Lathrop & Gage L.C.
Partner, Stueve Helder Siegel LLP


  • J.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1992
    • Associate Editor, UMKC Law Review
  • B.A., Rockhurst College
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society

Honors + Awards

The Lawdragon Green 500 — 2024

American Board of Trial Advocates — 2019

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 — 2014

Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation : Plaintiffs 2013-