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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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

When not in the office, Cara focuses her time on her family, the community and trying to find a good book. She enjoys outdoor activities and taking photos, mostly of her three little boys.

Reliable Determined Assertive

Education

  • University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Board of Advocates Moot Court - Top Oralist, 2005
    • Board of Advocate Moot Court - Finalist, 2004
    • Board of Advocates Moot Court, 2003
  • Drury University, B.A., Psychology and Speech Communication with Honors
    • Graduated cum laude
    • Mortar Board Honor Society

Professional Practice

  • 2006-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2013-present: Partner

 

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Missouri and Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

    • 2015 Lon O. Hocker Award recipient
    • Argued before the Southern District Court of appeals, en banc
    • Successfully handled jury trials and bench trials in multiple jurisdictions throughout Missouri
    • Awarded the “Rising Stars” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
    • Voted by peers into Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; representing top 5% of private practice attorneys nationwide
    • 417 Magazine Best Lawyers of 2018 - Personal Injury Litigation Defendants

     

    Civic Activities

    • Board of Directors, Redeemer Nixa Preschool
    • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Active member, Redeemer Lutheran Church
    • Member, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club
    • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
    • Member, Friends of the Zoo
    • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks
    • The Missouri Bar
    • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

    News + Events + Alerts

    Arising out of Employment Simplified: Atkins v. Webcon

    On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Webcon and signaled an important change for determining whether accidents that occur while workers are out of town for employment-related purposes are compensable.

    The relevant facts of the case are that the claimant and others were required to travel and stay in Enid, Oklahoma on a construction project. They took a company vehicle and their accommodations were provided by the employer. The hotel in which claimant and other co-workers were staying, though, was without a hotel bar. Claimant ventured across the street and went to a hotel that did have a hotel bar. He stayed until past two in the morning before attempting to cross the street to his hotel. Unfortunately, he was struck by a car driven by an intoxicated driver and sustained severe injuries.

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    AMA Guides, 6th Edition Found to be Unconstitutional as Applied to Pardo

    Kansas Court of Appeals Rules the 6th Edition of The AMA Guides is Unconstitutional as to Francisco Pardo

    On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals published its decision in Francisco Pardo v. UPS. This case had been the subject of great scrutiny, as the issues raised challenged the very constitutionality of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

    Mr. Pardo suffered a rotator cuff injury in 2013 in a work-related accident. In March 2015, he injured the same shoulder in a separate work-related accident. The second injury was not related to the first injury and involved a different part of the rotator cuff than was previously injured.

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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

    Lee's Summit, MO

    By Appointment Only
    200 NE Missouri Road Suite 224
    Lee's Summit, MO 64086

    P: 816.251.4544

    F: 913.888.1065