Lynne Jaben Bratcher
I have practiced law since 1983 in Missouri. I love being a lawyer because I like to feel that we make a positive difference in people's lives. I try civil cases, mainly employment discrimination, civil rights and personal injury, representing people only. I have tried a lot of cases to jury verdicts both in federal and state court, but what I enjoy most about my practice is feeling like I help courageous people fight for justice. Recently, I saw a former client who had the courage and drive to bring a wrongful termination case against her employer. She was a whistle-blower and had complained about her boss who had committed crimes at the expense of the company, and causing her to leave the business. We ended up trying the case in front of a jury and she prevailed. When I first met my client, she was tearful and depressed. Going through a jury trial was very difficult for my client and her family. She was so stressed before the trial, I was concerned about her. Even after the verdict, she suffered insomnia and depression while the post-trial motions and later proceedings were pending. I recently had lunch with her two years after she had finally prevailed. I was amazed at how much she had changed. She laughed freely, smiled constantly and had found peace. I like to think my assistance in helping her discover her courage was a small part that contributed to this beautiful woman's transformation because she had the wherewithal to fight for what was right. I was fortunate to be honored in 2014 by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association as a Dean of the Trial Bar, the association's highest honor. I have had a Martindale-Hubbell highest rating of AV for over 20 years, have been declared "Best of the Bar" several years, received the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Award in Litigation, have been declared a "Super Lawyer" in all years except one since the award's inception in Missouri and Kansas and am a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. I was also inducted as a fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers a few years ago.
In our practice, sometimes the words of Mahatma Gandhi ring true, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." We believe our job is to fight for the righteous causes of our clients. We are regular people who represent regular people against corporations and other entities. I have been in this practice with my law partner, Marie Gockel for over twenty years. I am married and have been for over 40 years and my husband and I have two wonderful grown children, an epileptic rescue dog, a Boston Terrier, and a diabetic resue cat. We hope we make the world a better place in some small way.
Please read my blog about my clients and the practice of law and our clients:
Uncommon Courage, www.uncommoncourage.blogspot.com
Contact Lynne: firstname.lastname@example.org