Votava Nantz & Johnson, LLC

Votava Nantz & Johnson, LLC

Votava Nantz & Johnson, LLC is dedicated to helping people just like you through tough law problems like injury, wrongful death and employment discrimination. Speaking with an attorney from our firm is absolutely free.

Firm Overview

We handle the following types of legal cases:

WRONGFUL DEATH
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
PREMISES LIABILITY
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE
CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
DANGEROUS PRODUCTS / PRODUCT LIABILITY
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS DISPUTES
INSURANCE DISPUTES
MEDICAL DEVICES / DANGEROUS DRUGS
BULLYING AND ASSAULT
Main Office
Main Office
9237 Ward Pkwy
Suite 240
Kansas City  MO  64114
Phone
  • (816) 895-8800
Fax
  • (816) 895-8801
Websites
Auto Accident
You may have a legal claim if you or anyone in your family has been injured or killed because of the careless operation of a motor vehicle. This includes injury or death caused by cars, trucks, tractor-trailers, motorcycles, buses, boats, trains or ATVs.
VNJ attorneys are experienced in handling all cases involving injury or death caused by the careless operation of a motor vehicle. By hiring us, we will evaluate and maximize the value of your claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Let's talk about your case and see if we can help. Talking with us is free.
Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death can arise from an auto, motorcycle or trucking accident, assault at a night club, medical malpractice or anything resulting from illegal or unlawful acts or inaction. In these cases, the law says that some family members have the right to s
Votava, Nantz & Johnson will explain whether you or others are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim and then evaluate your claim to discuss its value. We've successfully handled many wrongful death claims in our combined 50 years of legal work and are prepared to help you by maximizing the value of your case.
Wrongful Termination
Most employers know the rules of the road, but sometimes ignore them. Employment Discrimination comes in a variety of forms.
The most common examples include discrimination based upon race or ethnicity, religion, sex, age, or disability. Sexual harassment and, unfortunately, sexual assaults are also quite common even though most people know the proper boundaries. Other examples include being fired due to "whistle blowing", or notifying a government agency of something that the employer was doing illegal or termination after a worker filed a claim for workers' compensation.
Product Liability
Product liability claims arise from injuries or death caused by any product.
Our law requires that when a manufacturer puts a product out for sale that it be safe and free from defects. In an age where many products are made outside of the United States, safety is quite often forgotten. Products can be designed in a way that can be dangerous with normal use. Products can also have a defect when they are manufactured and lead to injury of an unsuspecting consumer. Many of these problems are associated with items designed to be used by children and infants. Other product failures happen at work or in a manufacturing plant. Athletic equipment can also be dangerous. As a consumer, you are entitled to trust that a product will not be dangerous when you buy it. When a product causes an injury or harm, the people who put it in the marketplace can be held accountable.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Without a compassionate lawyer by your side, your case is bound to be frustrating, stressful, and scary. We've been through the process. We know how it works and so will you when we are on your side. Let our team guide you through your options and maximize your recovery. Remember: We only get paid if you do.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

With almost 50 years of experience, our team is comprised of lawyers who are leaders in their areas of law. We have handled high-profile cases in Kansas City and throughout Missouri and Kansas. When your attorney has experience, they understand all the issues and can maximize your recovery. You can trust our experience to deliver a maximum settlement or jury verdict.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

You're the boss. Many lawyers seem to forget they aren't the ones in charge when they're helping a client. Rather than pressuring you, we'll provide education and guidance so that you'll be in the right mindset to make the choices right for you. We work for you and we're honored to have the opportunity to help you. We recognize that you're hiring us not the other way around and we aren't successful unless you are.

Brett Votava

Brett Votava has practiced exclusively on injury and wrongful death cases since graduating near the top of his class from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law almost 15 years ago. He initially worked as an attorney for Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he learned how big companies and defense attorneys defend injury and wrongful death cases. Since 2003, Brett has exclusively represented injured people and families who have unnecessarily lost a loved one. He has experience with both routine cases and high-value complex cases culminating in trial.

Votava is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he teaches law students. In 2015, he won the annual Thomas Conway Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for his ability to zealously represent clients while remaining cordial to opposing counsel. Votava has routinely been selected as a Top 100 Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas, Top 50 Lawyers in Kansas City, and "Best of the Bar" in Kansas City over the past seven years by the Kansas City Business Journal and Super Lawyers magazine.

Brett focuses on injury and wrongful death law specifically when caused by medical malpractice, unsafe premises such as businesses and homes, and motor vehicle crashes involving trucks, cars or motorcycles. He also handles problems against insurance companies and pharmaceutical/medical device cases. He really enjoys representing the little guy against big companies and the variety that makes every case so unique.

He and his wife, Brigette, enjoy spending time with family and friends since they are the most important things in life. His parents live in the small town of Lebanon, Missouri and his wife's family is from Olathe, Kansas. As a college graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Brett also passionately follows his Mizzou Tigers.
License
  • Bar Number: 51228
    Missouri , 2001
  • Bar Number: 20655
    Kansas , 2002
  • Bar Number: 221707
    California , 2002
Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
    B.S. Biochemistry
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    J.D.

Andrew Nantz

Andrew Nantz was born in raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Christian Brothers College High School before graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 with a B.J. in the prestigious School of Journalism. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1999 and the Kansas Bar in 2000. In addition to those state courts, he is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for Western and Eastern Missouri and the United States District Court of Kansas.

Andrew's entire legal career is focused on civil litigation. Immediately after the bar exam, he joined regional insurance defense firm, Brown & James. Insurance defense provided great training and insight regarding how insurance companies operate. At Brown & James, Andrew was involved in rigorous parts of lawsuits, including several jury trials, very early in his career.

This training and experience set the groundwork for forming Hunter & Nantz in July 2003, a litigation firm primarily handling Plaintiff's work. In his years with Hunter & Nantz, he took part in a number of successful cases and trials. Nantz then joined Ketchmark & McCreight as a partner in June 2012. However, Andrew missed being the "captain of his own ship" and ventured back out on his own in April 2015 to start Nantz Law Firm, LLC. But a solo practice was not his ultimate goal, and he went on to form Votava Nantz & Johnson, LLC in April of 2016.

Andrew is experienced in a broad range of litigation, including auto/truck accidents, wrongful death, general negligence, pharmacy negligence, medical negligence, legal malpractice, insurance disputes, and business to business disputes. Andrew has been voted as a "Super Lawyer" and to the "Best of the Bar" by his peers every year for more than 10 years.

Andrew is married with two young children. He spends a lot of his free time in the outdoors at his cabin fishing.

Todd Johnson

Todd has meaningful jury trial experience in Missouri and Kansas, in both state and federal courts. This includes taking the lead in cases with significant dollar damage claims for those who have suffered meaningful and permanent harm. Todd holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available grade from a service where fewer than 5% of all law firms even qualify to be reviewed. He holds a 10.0 rating with Avvo, has been named "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal since 2009 and has consistently been selected by his peers through Thomson Reuters as a "Super Lawyer", a Top 50 Lawyer in Kansas City and a Top 100 Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas in the field of personal injury litigation.

Todd is currently serving as adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, teaching an advanced litigation drafting course. He is also actively involved in several charitable and professional organizations, including the Missouri Bar, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has served as a board member of the Civil Litigation Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and has chaired its Torts Committee. He lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri and enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports and occasionally playing golf.

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