September 1, 2018 marks Lear Werts’ fifteenth year of practice.
Opening an office furnished with third-hand furniture on the second floor of the Puckett’s Clothing Store in downtown Columbia, Brad Lear and Todd Werts officially launched their firm on September 1, 2003. Brad had just left a prestigious St. Louis defense firm, while Todd had left a successful plaintiff’s practice in Kansas City a few months earlier. In those early days, they had no support staff and handled nearly any case that came in the door–from consumer bankruptcy to traffic cases to small-value personal litigation matters. Looking back on that first year, Todd was reminded of the day he made personal appearances for traffic matters in the municipal court of both a Kansas City suburb and a St. Louis suburb . . . on the same day. But we had to start somewhere. And fortunately, things have changed some for the firm.
In the last fifteen years, Lear Werts has represented thousands of consumers and employees from around the country in some of the largest consumer class action and wage & hour cases in the nation. The firm’s attorneys have also represented hundreds of Missourians in their individual injury, employment, and wrongful death claims.
Lear Werts has worked to remain active in the legal community over the years with its attorneys frequently speaking and writing on various topics. For many years, the firm has sponsored the Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference, the largest such legal conference in the country. And Lear Werts attorneys often submits briefs on behalf of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys as amicus curiae to the Supreme Court of Missouri and has done so as well at the United States Supreme Court.
Lear Werts has also grown to be active outside of the legal arena. Brad Lear has served on the staff of the American Legion Missouri Boys’ State program for over 20 years, currently serving as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. Sander Sowers, who joined the firm in 2010 as an associate attorney and has recently been named a partner in the firm, has chaired the Boone County Bar Association charity golf tournament each of those years and has led that tournament’s effort to raise over $100,000 for Mid-Missouri Legal Services. Todd Werts is active in the North American Arabian Horse industry.
Lear Werts looks forward to continuing its commitment to providing top-notch legal services to its clients while remembering the small-town values that the firm started with. Please join us in celebrating the firm’s 15 years of practice.