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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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 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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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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Professional Liability

Most professionals regularly handle situations where they cannot guarantee specific results for their clients or patients. This makes them vulnerable to professional liability lawsuits. Choosing the right attorney to defend such lawsuits is critical. Additionally, the best defense against professional liability claims begins before a claim ever gets filed.

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Angela is an avid reader, gardener, and proud mother. She is a New York transplant who has become an evangelist for burnt ends.

Smart Tenacious Pragmatic


  • Juris Doctor, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
  • With distinction Top 3%
    • Literary Editor, UMKC Law Review
    • Editorial Associate, The Urban Lawyer
    • Moot Court Executive Board 2001-02
    • Judge David & Hope Cavanaugh Full-tuition Academic Scholarship
    • West Publishing Award for Law Review Comment
  • Bachelor of Arts, Clemson University
    • Major: English Summa cum laude

Professional Practice

  • Wallace Saunders
    • Partner
  • Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC
    • Member
    • Associate
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Associate
  • Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons)
    • Associate

Professional Licensure

  • Missouri; United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri
  • Kansas; United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Accomplishments

  • Reported and Otherwise Notable Cases
    • Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. v. Yount, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 205225, Case No. 4:19-cv-00890-MTS (E.D. Mo. Nov. 3, 2020)
    • Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. v. Schweitzer, 372 F. Supp. 3d 884 (W.D. Mo. 2019)(judgment); see also No. 3:18-05059-CV-RK, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64783, 2019 WL 1646408 (W.D. Mo. Apr. 16, 2019)(memorandum and order)
    • Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. v. Laubinger, No. 4:18CV1237 HEA, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68510, 2019 WL 1773146 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 23, 2019)
    • Thomas Farms, Ltd. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:18CV00196 AGF, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18744, 2019 WL 460503 (E.D. Mo. Feb. 6, 2019)
    • Smith v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 15032 (10th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017)
    • Wise v. Savers Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 485 S.W.3d 363 (Mo. App. S.D. 2016)
    • Smith v. Great Am. Assurance Co., 436 S.W.3d 700, 702 (Mo. App. S.D. 2014)
  • Selected Presentations
    • The Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance – Restatement or Recreation?, ALFA International Insurance Roundtable (Nashville, TN June 2019)
    • All-Star Writing for the Claims Professional, ALFA International Employment Practices and Liability Insurance Conference (New York, NY June 2018)
    • Testimony regarding the legislative and case law history of Mo. Rev. Stat. § 379.200, Missouri’s equitable garnishment action, before the Missouri House Committee on Insurance Policy, in support of bills to reform Missouri insurance law (Feb. 2017 and Jan. 2018)
    • Enforcement of Letters of Intent and the Duty to Negotiate in Good Faith, Commercial Litigation Committee Meeting, DRI Annual Meeting (Oct. 2014)
  • Selected Publications
    • ALFA International Insurance Law Compendium (co-author, Missouri and Kansas Chapters), (summer 2021)
    • Blog Series – the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, (summer 2019)
    • “A Possible Perfect Storm: The Reanimated Innovator Liability Theory,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (April 2018).
    • FDCC Insurance Desk Reference (co-author, Missouri and Kansas Chapters), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (2017).
    • Rescission: A North American Compendium (co-author, Kansas Chapter), DRI Defense Library Series (2017)
    • Long-Arm Jurisdiction In Missouri And Beyond: Parts 1 and 2, (Feb. 2017)
    • Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium (Kansas Chapter), DRI Defense Library Series (2014)
    • Contributing commentator, “Lawyers React to High Court’s Generic-Drug Liability Ruling,” commenting on the Court’s decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. v. Bartlett. Law360, Lexis/Nexis (June 2013)
    • Developments in Kansas Product Liability Law, Product Liability Compendium, ALFA International (2010)
    • Severance and Removal of Claims, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section Newsletter (Summer 2010)
    • Responding to Employee Requests for Modification of the Workplace: Do You Have to Give the People What They Want? KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL, Law Day Special Supplement (May 6, 2005)
    • Comment, “Else We Are Condemned to Go from Darkness to Darkness”: Victims of Gender-Based War Crimes and the Need for Civil Redress by U.S. Courts, 70 UMKC LAW REVIEW 677 (Spring 2002)
    • Note, Do Unto Thy Neighbor: In Support of a Conditional Privilege to Warn Neighbors of a Suspected Child Molester after Schmitz v. Aston, 69 UMKC LAW REVIEW 471 (Winter 2000)
  • Angela was selected to the 2022 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers lists.

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
    • President, Insurance Law Section
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Insurance Law Committee
    • Appellate Advocacy Committee
    • Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association
    • Insurance Law Committee
    • Business Law Committee
    • Women in the Profession Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Volunteer Attorney Project of Kansas City, providing pro bono legal services


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