Lawyers

The lawyers at Bruer, Wooddell and Harrell handle cases involving complex medical and legal issues – primarily medical malpractice cases, vehicular accidents, and accidents resulting from unsafe products.  We are committed to investing the time and effort necessary to understand the details of complex cases.  We pride ourselves in maintaining good contacts with many experts knowledgeable in the fields in which we practice.

Image 2Bob Bruer is a Missouri native, raised here and educated in Springfield and at the University of Missouri.  He has practiced for 38 years, primarily in Springfield, and now splits his time between Springfield and Kansas City. Bob’s passion is in helping individuals who have been injured and damaged through the claim and litigation process. Bob has been active for many years in the leadership of the 1,400-member Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA); he served as president of the organization in 1994-95.


ImageJohn Wooddell, an Arkansas native, has practiced in Springfield for 30 years.  He has a proven record as a successful trial lawyer.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has received the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award, presented to one Missouri attorney each year on the basis of character and courtroom success.  He is active in the state trial lawyer’s association and serves on MATA’s Board of Governors.


Image 1Steven Harrell, an Arkansas native, has practiced in Springfield since 1986. He has successfully prosecuted personal injury and wrongful death cases involving products liability, semi-truck wrecks, auto accidents, premises liability and medical negligence claims.  He has also represented clients in commercial litigation and works with other firms on mass tort and class action suits. Since 2005, he has been recognized by peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication.  Steven has been a member of MATA and served on the Board of Governors from 2004 through 2007.


Image 3Brian Shepard is a native of Illinois.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri / Columbia and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.  He has practiced with the firm in Springfield since 2010.  He is active in MATA and in The Missouri Bar, where he was selected to serve on the Young Lawyers Council.