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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Corporate

The Wallace Saunders Corporate Practice group focuses on three primary areas: entity formation, operations guidance and contracts.

Accurate entity formation can have a major impact on your liability exposure as well as substantial tax consequences. It’s important to have appropriate control features in the establishing documents for your entity to ensure your ability to run your company in the manner you see fit.

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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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Mergers & Acquisitions

The Wallace Saunders Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group advises companies and firms in connection with a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions. We serve as counsel on virtually any type of purchase and sale transaction involving our business clients. Our lawyers have facilitated mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of assets and ownership interests, and a variety of asset combinations, across a wide array of industries. We strive to understand our clients’ financial and operational dynamics, focusing on both the legal and business aspects of a transaction to ensure that the deal structure and terms reflect our clients’ business goals. Our lawyers are skilled at drafting effective representations, warranties, and covenants. The Wallace Saunders Corporate Practice Group assists our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group clients with entity formation, operations guidance and contracts.

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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: Railroad and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and railroading, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our 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, railroading, 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

  • 2021: Wallace Saunders
    • Partner
  • 2019-2020: 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

Wallace Saunders Congratulates Bryan Kelly

Wallace Saunders wishes to congratulate Attorney Bryan Kelly on his graduation from Leadership Overland Park's Class of 2020. Leadership Overland Park, now in its 37th year, motivates, connects and develops leaders in the community to ensure a better future. We are extremely proud of your accomplishment, Bryan!

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Baldwin City & Southern Railroad Company Retains Thomas Hayes and Christopher Confer

Baldwin City & Southern Railroad Company (“BC&S”), also known as the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad Company, has retained Thomas Hayes and Christopher Confer of the Wallace Saunders law firm of Overland Park, Kansas to serve as its General Counsel.

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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

Topeka, KS

By Appointment Only
2909 Southwest Maupin Lane
Topeka , KS 66614

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

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