Bret A. Clark

Contact Info


Carolyn S. Noble

Practice Focus

Health Care Litigation


J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 2010
Creighton University Trial Team

B.S., Baker University, 2007


United States District Courts for the District of Kansas and Western District of Missouri

Supreme Courts of Kansas and Missouri


Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court, 2011-12

Publications & Presentations

Acute Ischemic Stroke: Limiting Your Liability
(Olathe, Kansas 2015)

Avoiding Medical Malpractice Litigation
(Olathe, Kansas 2017)

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in
Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2012 – present

The Order of the Barrister – National honor society recognizing excellence in brief writing and oral advocacy

Bret has extensive experience serving as counsel in a wide variety of professional liability claims in both Kansas and Missouri. He routinely represents hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, and other health care providers.

Bret has successfully litigated a wide range of claims involving birth injury, catastrophic injury, and death. He also works with health care providers at all stages of litigation, including investigation of complaints well before suit is filed.

“At SAKG, I have the privilege of working with experienced trial attorneys who are dedicated to providing quality service to all clients.  We strive to ensure clients receive the attention, guidance, and results they deserve.”

Bret joined the firm as an associate in 2012. Prior to going to law school, Bret was a collegiate athlete. He lives with his wife and two sons in Overland Park, Kansas.


  • Defense verdict in a case involving a female patient with primary thyroid lymphoma.  Plaintiff alleged primary thyroid lymphoma is treated with chemotherapy, rather than surgical resection.  Defendant admitted this diagnosis is, in fact, generally treated with chemotherapy, though argued other surgical indications existed.  Plaintiff challenged the absence of a pre-operative biopsy and the decision to proceed with surgery without a diagnosis. Total thyroidectomy was attempted.  Plaintiff alleged complications during surgery which resulted in airway trauma, prolonged endotracheal intubation, a tracheotomy, esophageal injury, and the need for supplemental feedings via a PEG tube.
  • Achieved successful verdict in case where the plaintiff suffered a brain injury involving multiple subdural hematomas and nerve palsy.
  • Served as second chair and achieved a unanimous defense jury verdict in a case alleging permanent lower extremity nerve paralysis. Following a total hip replacement, the plaintiff experienced massive blood loss in the hip and thigh and was alleged to have developed compartment syndrome. Plaintiff alleged the standard of care required immediate return to the operating room for hematoma evacuation and nerve decompression. The surgeon, in exercising his professional judgment, determined the risks of immediate exploration greatly outweighed the potential benefits. The patient was returned to the operating room four days later when it was believed he was better able to withstand a second operative procedure.
  • Served as lead counsel and obtained successful jury verdict in a wrongful death case. Following hernia repair surgery, the patient presented to emergency department on two occasions with complaints of abdominal pain and was alleged to have developed bowel ischemia. Plaintiff alleged emergency medicine providers were negligent in failing to recognize and appropriately treat the patient’s acute abdomen. The patient passed away approximately 24 hours following second emergency department presentation.
  • Successfully litigated catastrophic brain injury case involving labor and delivery. Plaintiff alleged defendant health care provider failed to timely recognize and respond to fetal distress, causing extensive injury to both the infant and delivering mother.
  • Achieved positive resolution in numerous bowel injury cases in which plaintiffs alleged damages in excess of $1 million. These include allegations of intraoperative errors and the alleged failure to diagnose bowel injury postoperatively.
  • Successfully litigated case involving a minor patient who suffered paralysis during posterior spinal surgery. Plaintiff alleged extensive injury to the patient’s spinal cord during operative process.
  • Successfully resolved claims involving peripheral nerve injuries, anoxic encephalopathy, compartment syndrome, acute ischemic stroke, pulmonary embolism, loss of airways, ocular injuries, claims of delayed diagnoses of various conditions, failure to diagnose various conditions, and numerous types of alleged intra-operative errors on behalf of hospitals and physicians in both Kansas and Missouri.
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  • Extensive experience litigating long-term care matters throughout Kansas and Missouri, including claims involving falls, the development of pressure sores, and injuries resulting from medication errors, among many others.

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