Burmeister Gilmore LLP - Personal Injury Attorneys
Clients Come First.


Experience Counts.


The Burmeister Gilmore LLP law firm began helping its clients more than four decades ago. In 1976, Steve Burmeister founded his law practice on a simple principle: put clients first and help solve their legal problems.

Putting clients first means taking the time to explain all of the options so the client can make an informed decision, returning client phone calls promptly, and going the extra mile to exceed expectations. Solving legal problems means developing creative solutions, fiercely pursuing our clients’ interests, and ensuring that our work generates a great result.

By following this simple principle, Steve grew his law practice through client referrals rather than advertisements. He knew that by delivering superior results, and treating clients fairly and with respect, his clients would send their friends and family to the law firm.

To this day, our attorneys depend primarily on referrals from satisfied clients to grow our law practice. Each of these lawyers is committed to continuing the law firm’s tradition of putting clients first and helping solve their legal problems.

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Brett T Burmeister


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Brett T. Burmeister

Brett Burmeister practices in civil litigation with a focus on serious personal injury and wrongful death matters. He also represents clients in business litigation, bankruptcy, and other practice areas. He is a licensed real estate broker and handles property transactions and disputes as well. At Burmeister Gilmore LLP, the law firm’s maxim is Clients Come First. It is a fundamental principle that Mr. Burmeister follows in every case. He is honored to help personal injury victims and wrongful death surviving family members recover, and enjoys problem-solving with business clients.

In 2017, Mr. Burmeister secured a $5 million recovery in a wrongful death case. He has also obtained multiple settlements in excess of $4 million for clients injured in high-speed police pursuits. In 2013, he had the distinct honor of arguing and winning a case in the Supreme Court of Missouri. Mr. Burmeister appealed a jury verdict in an automobile collision case on the basis that the trial court wrongly excluded his client from trial. In a 5-2 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mr. Burmeister’s client and ordered a new trial. (Bair v. Faust, No. SC92904 (Mo. July 16, 2013)).

From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Burmeister’s peers named him to the Super Lawyers list—an award given to less than 5% of attorneys in the region. In 2013, the Kansas City Business Journal listed him among the Best of the Bar. Mr. Burmeister is also a lifetime member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (MDAF), whose membership is limited to attorneys that have demonstrated the ability to obtain substantial monetary recoveries for their clients. Fewer than 1% of lawyers in the United States are members of MDAF.

Mr. Burmeister graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law where he finished in the top 2% of his graduating class. He is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas.



UMKC School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2006
Summa cum laude (with highest honors)

Providence College (R.I.)
B.S., Finance, 2003
Cum laude (with honors)

Activities & Awards

  • 2012-2019 Super Lawyers Award

  • 2013 Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar

  • Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

  • Member of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

  • Board Member, UMKC Law Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri

  • Kansas


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Kelle C. Burmeister Gilmore

Kelle Gilmore practices domestic and juvenile law, including dissolutions, modifications, contempt actions, guardianships, and adoptions. Prior to joining Burmeister Gilmore LLP, Ms. Gilmore clerked for Commissioner Robert M. Scheiber, Division 43, and Family Court Presiding Judge Jon R. Gray, Division 18—both of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County, Missouri. During these judicial clerkships, she developed a passion for helping families through child advocacy.

Ms. Gilmore also represents children as their Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem through Jackson County CASA, a non-profit agency, and by appointment in private matters. She finds great satisfaction in advocating on behalf of children who have been abused or neglected.



UMKC School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2004

University of Kansas
B.S., Journalism, 2001

Activities & Awards

  • John M. Specca Family Law Award

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri




Matt Branson

Matt Branson has a diverse caseload including family law, personal injury, appellate work, and other practice areas. He joined Burmeister Gilmore LLP in 2017, recognizing in the firm the same high-level commitment to people that he felt personally.

Mr. Branson was drawn to the law while serving as a foster parent for local children. During this time, he was inspired by a Family Law Judge who stated that the community needed more attorneys that genuinely felt a concern for people and their problems. Mr. Branson answered this challenge by going to law school, fostering 29 children, and adopting three amazing kids out of foster care.

Before joining Burmeister Gilmore LLP, Mr. Branson worked as an intern prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office in Johnson County, Kansas where he worked with victims of domestic violence and secured convictions for several violent offenders.

Mr. Branson graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law with honors in public service and an emphasis in family law.



UMKC School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2017
Public Service Honor

Kansas State University
B.S., Political Sci. + Philosophy, 2006

Activities & Affiliations

  • UMKC Law Review

  • Legal Writing Teaching Asst. at UMKC School of Law

  • President of UMKC Family Law Society

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri




Steve D. Burmeister

Over the last 40+ years, Steve Burmeister has had the privilege of counseling and representing more than 6,000 clients. A trial lawyer at heart, he has litigated approximately 600 cases in more than 50 counties across the State of Missouri at the trial court, appellate court, and Supreme Court levels.

Many of Mr. Burmeister’s clients are everyday people who find themselves pitted against large corporations and insurance companies. Faced with this “David vs. Goliath” scenario, he enjoys leveling the playing field for his clients. Utilizing years of litigation and trial experience, Mr. Burmeister works to achieve the best possible result for his clients both in settlement negotiations and in the courtroom.

Mr. Burmeister has represented numerous clients in high stakes litigation involving serious personal injury and wrongful death matters, tractor-trailer accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, environmental disasters, and multi-million dollar investment fraud. He also has experience with business disputes and marital dissolution disputes in which millions of dollars are at stake.

In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Burmeister was named by his peers to the Super Lawyers list—an award given to less than 5% of attorneys in the region. He now serves in an advisory "of counsel" role with Burmeister Gilmore LLP and is heavily involved in certain cases.


Activities & Affiliations

  • 2013-2014 Super Lawyers Award

  • UMKC Law Foundation Board Member (and Past President)

  • Redemptorist Social Services Foundation Board Member (and Past President)

  • University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation Board Member (and Co-Founder)


UMKC School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1976

University of Central Missouri
B.S., Criminal Justice, 1973