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Phillip Reed Martens is an attorney at Monsees & Mayer, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Martens concentrates his practice on personal injury cases, representing plaintiffs throughout Missouri and Kansas. Reed's focus is fighting for victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Martens has litigated many jury trials, recovering considerable amounts in verdicts for his clients. He is a committed and passionate attorney, dedicated to fighting for justice. He maintains personal relationships with each client and fiercely advocates on their behalf.
Along with his law practice, Mr. Martens is a valuable member of his legal community. Each year Reed presents on the topic of sexual abuse civil litigation and insurance coverage for various local and national organizations, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), The Missouri Bar and, The National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA).
Reed grew up in Platte City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor's degrees in business administration and political science. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. While attending law school, he served on the trial advocacy team and was a case note editor for the Urban Lawyer Journal.
Following law school, Mr. Martens received a license to practice law before the state courts of both Missouri and Kansas. He is also qualified to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
About Reed Martens
First Admitted: 2016, Missouri
Professional Webpage: https://monseesmayer.com/our-firm/reed-martens/
- Missouri – 2016
- National Crime Victim Bar Association
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas – 2018
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri – 2017
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri – 2017
- Kansas – 2016
- University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – 2013, Minor in Business Administration – 2013
- Educating listeners on evaluating whether prospective sexual abuse/assault client's claims are covered or excluded by any potential insurance coverage. , Presenter, Civil Sexual Abuse Claims: Insurance Coverage and Prior Notice, KCMBA CLE By The Hour, 2021
- Panel discussion geared towards educating other practitioners on complete justice system surrounding sex crimes. , Panel Member, Comprehensive Legal Approach to Child Victim Cases, Platte County Bar Association, 2021
- Discussing with other attorneys the evaluation process that should be implemented when evaluating potential sexual abuse cases in the civil system. , Presenter, Civil Sexual Abuse, MoBar CLE, 2021
- KCMBA CLE By the Hour, Ride Sharing Civil Litigation (2019)
- KCMBA CLE by the Hour, Sexual Abuse: Representing Survivors in Civil Litigation (2020)
- MoBar, Solo & Small Firms Conference, CLE at Sunrise, Navigating Insurance Issues in Ride-Share Accidents (2018)
- MoBar, Solo & Small Firms Conference, Ride Sharing Liability (2019)
- Five children who were abused while in the care of a relative reached a $2.7 million settlement., 2021
- A Lyft driver shot outside a pub in Liberty settled with the drinking establishment for $750,000., 2021
- KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the April #ProBonoSpotlight on Phillip Reed Martens of Monsees & Mayer, P.C.! Reed — shareholder at Monsees & Mayer, P.C., who primarily represents victims and survivors of sexual abuse — first learned of Military Matters when his colleague, Bobby Thrasher, shared with all attorneys at the firm the purpose of the program. Learning that it was a way to provide pro bono or low bono assistance to veterans and service members specifically, Reed says it was an easy decision to get involved. Reed grew up with a deep appreciation for those who have served and continue to serve our country. His grandfather, Col. John C. Barrett, served as an infantry officer his entire career and fought in the Korean War. Additionally, Reed’s mother, Gretchen, taught elementary students at Fort Leavenworth for 40 years. Working to serve veterans through the Military Matters program, Reed has gained even more appreciation for the service our military service members provide and lending his legal knowledge to those in need is an experience he truly values. “It’s so rewarding to give back and to provide services to those who need it most.” Reed and his firm have stepped up to help several veterans through legal/financial struggles. In two recent cases, he and his team were able to successfully represent two veterans and obtain positive outcomes to help both get back on their feet. In one case, a veteran was accused of e-depositing checks more than once. Reed’s team worked with the prosecutor to agree on a diversion program for the veteran, a program that has now been successfully completed. “Through this, he avoided jail time, found a job, is now a manager, and is supporting his family.” Reed has also assisted a veteran who, during financial hardship, took out a personal loan with a private loan company. When the veteran reached a point where he couldn’t pay and defaulted on the payments, he quickly faced a mountain of debt due to an oppressive balloon acceleration clause. Through months of negotiations, Reed and his team, on the eve of trial, were able to find a compromise for all parties. Reed feels veterans are often primarily given support for mental health needs and physical health needs when they leave the military or return from a deployment, however, he is finding a huge gap in financial health support. “In all the [Military Matters] cases referred to my firm, they arose out of veterans facing financial hardship. It can be frustrating to see those hardships end in a need for legal aid.” He sees this as a way our community can further support our veterans, providing resources, support and education around financial health. Reed explained that since Monsees & Mayer, P.C. has been in business they have been committed to providing pro bono legal work every year. He and his colleagues all support pro bono cases taken on by any member of the team, and no one hesitates to help. “This is something we recognize as officers of the court, that it is our duty and honor within our profession to help people in need.” Reed has deep ties with the Kansas City community, as he grew up in Platte City where he met his wife, Elle. Married now for nearly five years, they live in Parkville where they have the joy of raising their one-year-old daughter, Annie. Outside of work, you can find Reed spending time with his family — going on walks, running, cooking together or simply hanging out at home. In his free time, he enjoys getting outside to golf or hunt with his dog, Luna. Reed urges lawyers, newer in their career or more experienced, to remember being a lawyer is to be an officer of the court. “It’s a part of our job and commitment to provide justice and to serve.” He states serving those who served our country is an honor. He has found volunteering through Military Matters can allow someone to learn about a new area of law and to form a true relationship that is valuable on both sides. Thank you, Reed, for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters and to giving back! Are you a lawyer interested in joining the Military Matters Legal Team? Would you like a chance to be featured in the Military Matters #ProBonoSpotlight? Follow this link to join Military Matters: https://legal.militarymatterskc.org/, Volunteer Attorney Spotlight, Military Matters, 2022
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Last Updated: 6/9/2022