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SUZANNE R. BRUSS is a partner at Franke Schultz & Mullen, P.C. She has nearly twenty years of experience in successfully defending personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage lawsuits, including cases with exposure to significant and punitive damages. Ms. Bruss' practice is client-focused, providing a detailed and careful analysis of each client's case early in the litigation, then steady communication and advice as the matter moves toward mediation or trial. She has tried cases to defense verdicts in three different states and in federal court, and has arbitrated over fifty cases in various arbitration forums. Ms. Bruss is also a skilled legal writer, authoring appellate briefs which yielded favorable results in appellate courts in three states and before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also serves as coverage counsel on complex insurance coverage matters. Ms. Bruss lends her expertise in coverage to insurance carriers writing automobile, homeowners, employer's liability, commercial general liability, and business property policies. Often called on to defend insurers against claims of bad faith and vexatious refusal to pay, she has successfully defended first-party claims at trial in Greene County, Missouri in 2013 and in federal court in Kansas in 2014. Ms. Bruss is admitted in state of Missouri, state of Kansas, and the state of Arizona; and before the United States District Court, Western and Eastern districts of Missouri; United States District Court, District of Kansas; and United States District Court, District of Arizona. She received her B.A degree from Iowa State University and her J.D degree from Drake University Law School.
STEVEN B. GARNER is a shareholder and officer of Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C. where he tries personal injury, wrongful death and product liability suits on behalf of injured parties all over the country. Mr. Garner is admitted to practice in Missouri and Arkansas; and before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has served as president (2013-2014) and has been on the Board of Governors for more than 20 years of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys; the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (past Board of Directors, past president-elect, and past president). Mr. Garner is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Trial Masters, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Top 100 (2005-present), and Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Top 10 (2012-present), and the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association (2014-present). Mr. Garner is listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2013-present), and was named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, personal injury litigation - plaintiffs, Springfield, Missouri, 2011 and 2012, and 2015. He earned his B.A. degree from Baylor University, graduating with high honors. He graduated No. 1 in his class from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
ERIC S. PLAYTER is an attorney with Playter Trial Lawyers, where he practices in all areas of civil litigation, with a focus on serious personal injury, wrongful death and employment discrimination. Mr. Playter earned his bachelor degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Following law school, he began working at a large downtown Kansas City defense firm where he honed his talents and skills representing individuals, businesses and insurance companies in various matters, including contract disputes, professional negligence, employment discrimination, defamation, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, bad faith, and other liability claims. This experience provides him with unique insight as to how companies operate, perceive those that have been injured, and try to avoid paying throughout the claim, lawsuit and trial processes. Mr. Playter’s practice is now dedicated almost exclusively to representing individuals who have been injured - or experienced other catastrophic loss and damage - as a result of others’ negligence. He is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.