Matthew E. Birch

Partner Since 2007


Kansas City, Missouri





In his career, Matt has been blessed to represent many amazing people and their families. His greatest reward is the knowledge that his team’s hard work and sacrifice has made a positive difference in the lives of many SJB clients.

Matt joined the firm in the summer of 2000. In June of 2001, he left the firm to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Dean Whipple, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Upon completion of his clerkship in the summer of 2003, he returned to the firm. Since then, his entire practice has been spent representing individuals and families injured by defective products, medical negligence or the careless acts of others.

Cases are not about money. Cases are about changing policy for the better; they are about improving medical care in the community; or they are about honoring the memory of a loved one by holding a wrong-doer responsible for his or her conduct. Regardless of his clients’ motivation, their battles become his battles, and together, they have affected much positive change.

Matt was born in Kansas City, Missouri and has lived in the area his entire life. Outside of the practice of law, he spends as much time as he can with his wife Liz and their six children: Reese, Paige, Laine, Grace, Quinn and Bryan.

Areas of Practice

  • General Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Class Action Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • S. District Court District of Kansas
  • S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, with Distinction
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Program
    • U.M.K.C. Law Review, Managing Editor
    • Staff Member, Urban Lawyer
  • Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas – 1997

Published Works

Casey Tourtillott & Matthew E. Birch, “The Right to Bring A Wrongful Death Claim in Kansas: Does the Statute of Limitations Begin to Run at Death,” 70 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 103, 2001

Matthew E. Birch, “The Imposition of Punitive Damages for the Tortious Acts of Employees in Kansas,” J.K.T.L.A. No. 3, 16, 2001


  • (Ethics) Avoiding Trouble While Obtaining and Investigating Cases, June 26, 2015
  • 10 Common Mistakes Made in Taking Depositions, April 26, 2013
  • Ten Commandments of Medical Negligence Cases for the Patient’s Counsel, June 8, 2012
  • Deposition Changes – The Rules Relating to Changes and What You Can do with Opponents’ Changes, April 5, 2012
  • How to Evaluate & Select Civil Cases, November 4, 2011
  • Managing Liens in Personal Injury Settlements, June 30, 2011
  • Medical Malpractice from A-Z, June 17, 2011
  • Medical Records Law: Mining Electronic Medical Records for Precious Information, June 10, 2011 / September 17, 2013
  • The Reasonable Value Standard Under Martinez: The Practical Import of the Court’s Holding The Plaintiff’s Perspective, April 15, 2011 / April 20, 2012
  • Forcing Defendants to Identify Persons Whose Fault Will be Compared and to Specify the Allegations Against the Persons, September 08, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2020
  • Super Lawyer, 2014-2016
  • “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2011
  • Selection to Missouri Lawyers Weekly 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers
  • Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Member
  • KAJ Executive Committee, 2012-2015
  • KAJ Chairman Education Committee, 2012-2015
  • KAJ Legislative Committee, 2013-2016
  • KAJ Chairman Public Affairs Committee, 2015-2016
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

Hon. Dean Whipple, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Judicial Law Clerk, 2001-2003

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