Practice Groups

Employment

The ever-changing landscape of human resources law is dizzying. It can be difficult for any HR team or business owner to keep pace. Whether your HR department is small, large or transitioning, the Employment Practice Group at Wallace Saunders works in tight cooperation with you. We take pride in partnership, collaborating closely to provide legal representation and counsel in a capacity that best serves your needs.    

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Insurance

Insurance issues can escalate from simple to complex quickly, and you need attorneys able to handle it all. With Wallace Saunders, you can rest assured the attorneys in our Insurance Practice Group have a command of insurance law and litigation. In fact, the firm was founded more than 50 years ago with insurance at the core of our practice.

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Litigation

Founded as a litigation firm in 1963, our attorneys carry on our tradition of substantial deposition and courtroom experience, with hands-on training that begins early in every attorney’s career. The litigation department is the largest practice area at Wallace Saunders, with more than half of our attorneys working under the Litigation Practice Area umbrella.

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Personal

Aaron is an avid chess player and fly fisherman. He specifically loves fishing in Missouri waters.

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Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law
    • Member of the Missouri Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., History and Political Science
    • Graduated with distinction

Professional Practice

  • 2009-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2015 - present: Partner
  • 2008-2009: Brown & James, P.C.
  • 2006-2008: Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District
    • Judicial Clerk
  • 2004: Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    • Judicial Intern

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Professional Accomplishments

  • Awarded the “Rising Stars” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Leadership Academy, 2013
  • Publications
    • Taxing Costs (Theory and Practice), 68 J.Mo.Bar 104 (2012)
    • Comment, Dusting off the Blaine Amendment: Two Challenges to Missouri’s Anti-Establishment Tradition. Mo, 73 Mo.L.Rev.-129 (2008)
      • Winner of Guy A. Thompson Prize for Best Law Review Comment
    • Note, Honk to Remove this Demonstration: The Eighth Circuit Adopts a Heckler’s Veto, 70 Mo.L.Rev. 583 (2005)

     

    Civic Activities

    Member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section

    News + Events + Alerts

    Merker Refocuses Practice on Mediations/Arbitrations

    Rick has a very good track record as a mediator and has been chosen by Plaintiff’s and Defense counsel because of his extensive trial practice of over 45 years. He is thorough and complete in the review of materials in advance of the mediation which is very helpful in creating an atmosphere which is comfortable for the parties and counsel. It is not uncommon for Judges to suggest him or appoint him in difficult cases. The rare combination of experience in court and a helpful demeanor is what is needed and successful. His rates are very reasonable.

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    Texas’ New Certificate of Interested Parties (Form 1295) – How do you comply?

    Does your Firm enter into contracts with governmental entities or state agencies in the state of Texas?  If so, then be prepared to determine if you must complete and file a Form 1295 the next time your Firm submits a contract for professional services to be signed by a governmental entity or state agency in the state of Texas.  If required to be filed, your contract cannot be approved until it is filed.

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    Locations

    Overland Park, KS

    10111 West 87th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66212

    P: 913.888.1000

    F: 913.888.1065

    Wichita, KS

    200 West Douglas Suite 400
    Wichita, KS 67202

    P: 316.269.2100

    F: 316.269.2479

    Springfield, MO

    844 E. Primrose Street
    Springfield, MO 65807

    P: 417.866.2300

    F: 417.866.2444

    Kansas City, MO

    By Appointment Only
    2300 Main Street Suite 900
    Kansas City, MO 64108

    P: 816.448.3154

    F: 913.888.1065