Practice Groups

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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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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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

Chris enjoys travel, likes being outdoors and playing golf, loves attending sporting events with his wife and two young daughters, and is an avid backyard cook.

Knowledgeable Persistent Thorough

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., Political Science

Professional Practice

  • 2019-present: Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel
  • 2006-2019: Yeretsky & Maher, LLC
    • 2014-2019: Partner and Shareholder
    • 2006-2013: Associate Attorney
  • 2004-2005: Fairchild & Buck, P.A.
    • Associate Attorney

Professional Licensure

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

Professional Accomplishments

  • Successfully tried numerous jury trials and bench trials throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma
  • Successfully completed the College of Railroad Trial Advocacy conducted by the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • American Short Line Railroad Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City
  • Calvary Lutheran Church - Board of Elders and Board of Ushers, 2009-2013

News + Events + Alerts

Preston and Confer join Firm.

Michael Preston and Christopher Confer—lawyers with deep experience in the law of transportation and trucking—have become of Counsel to Wallace Saunders. Says managing partner, Kevin Weakley: “Mike and Chris are immensely talented lawyers, who already have a track record of success for clients and will further expand the firm’s strength across the Midwest.”

Beyond representing railroads and commercial motor carriers, Preston and Confer will also handle other hefty civil litigation, including the defense of matters involving professional liability and product liability among other things.

“When you get to know Mike and Chris like we do, you’ll be glad they are Partners with you,” added Weakley.

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Wallace Saunders Ranked for Ability, Professionalism, and Integrity.

For over fifty-five years, Wallace Saunders has provided superior legal services to its clients across the Midwest. Yet, our core philosophy —“Partners with you,” hasn’t changed. Today, Wallace Saunders is proud to say that it is regionally ranked in 6 practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms, and with this elite designation comes a renewed commitment to be the diverse and inclusive law firm that our clients can count on for years to come. We offer a no-nonsense approach to handling business transactions, civil litigation, and worker’s compensation defense to our corporate, insurance and individual clients. We build client relationships that reflect our Midwest values, and our collaborative, respectful approach attracts and retains the kind of legal talent you want to have on your side. From the boardroom to the courtroom, we leverage our deep industry knowledge and experience to help identify the issues up front, in order to secure the best possible outcome.

To talk with one of our Best Lawyers® or learn more about how we can help you, please call one of our 5 offices or visit us here:

https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/wallace-saunders-chartered/overview/6417

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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

Kansas City, MO

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

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065