Practice Groups

Business Litigation

Business litigation requires a unique blend of business-specific knowledge and litigation experience. Wallace Saunders has both the knowledge and the experience to protect and move your business forward. Our Business Litigation attorneys handle litigation matters across a broad spectrum of professions and industries. 

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Construction and Design

The world of construction is comprehensive, collaborative and highly detailed. The same can be said of our approach to construction law. Legal regulations, city and state codes, federal guidelines, environmental issues – there’s a litany of laws and parameters that seems never-ending.

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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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Product Liability

Understanding the nuances of Product Liability law and the significant exposure for clients involved in product litigation is a service not every firm can offer. Our experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers gives you the advantage of leveraging strategic planning with trial skills in this complex and dynamic area of law.     

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Transportation and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and transportation, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our trucking and transportation attorneys are on call 24/7 to respond to serious accidents and emergencies by visiting accident scenes to gather and preserve evidence. This helps lay the groundwork for a careful investigation and vigorous claim defense. We have an established emergency response protocol, and will work with a team of accident reconstructionists, field investigators, and criminal defense attorneys, when needed, to immediately respond to trucking and other transportation accidents and emergencies.

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Personal

Allison and her husband have been busy the last few years starting a family, but whenever she can, Allison likes to fit in a few rounds of golf. She also enjoys traveling. And if you want to see some fancy skills on the grill, Allison has her “Master of the Flame” certificate from the Midwest Barbeque Institute.

Insightful Confident Pragmatic

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2005
  • University of Innsbruck, Austria, Institute on World Legal Problems, 2003
  • The University of Arizona, B.S. in Business Administration and Finance, 2002

Professional Practice

  • 2005-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2012-present: Partner
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable James P. O’Hara, Judicial Clerkship Clinic, 2004

Professional Licensure

  • The trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

  • Multiple successful appellate decisions
  • Awarded the “Rising Stars” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2013, 2014 and 2015

     

    Civic Activities

    • Kansas Bar Association
    • The Missouri Bar
    • Johnson County Bar Association
    • Central Exchange, Member, 2013-Present
    • Delta Phi Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi House Corporation Board, 2009-present; Treasurer, 2009-2015
    • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court, Member, 2005-2009
    • Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court, Student Member, 2003-2005
    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA), 2002-2005

    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