Practice Groups

Workers' Compensation

Backed by 50 years of successfully defending the largest insurance companies in the country, the Workers’ Compensation Group at Wallace Saunders prides itself on personal service – when you hire a partner in the group, you get that partner. And you get a no-nonsense approach to defending employers in the area of workers’ compensation.

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Personal

If you ever want to make Chris’ day, get him some barbecue. Then smother it with a thick layer of Pittsburg State athletics. The guy will be in heaven.

Tenacious Committed Helpful

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Best Brief, Chase National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Pittsburg State University, B.A., Political Science
    • Graduated cum laude

Professional Practice

  • 1995-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2002-present: Partner
  • Kansas Insurance Department, Workers’ Compensation Fund

Professional Licensure

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • Federal District of Kansas
  • Western District of Missouri

 

Professional Accomplishments

  • Successfully defended workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers from administrative hearings through appellate review.
  • Frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues, including presentation at continuing education seminars
    • Annual Attorney Seminar for Accident Fund Insurance Company, 2008
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 15th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2009
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Annual Workers' Compensation Institute, 2010
    • 37th Annual Kansas Division of Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 2011

Civic Activities

  • Extracurricular activities and sports of his three children

News + Events + Alerts

Wallace Saunders Honors KC’s Best at the AIA Design Excellence Awards #DEKC2019

Wallace Saunders attorneys Mike Brown and Bryan Kelly recently attended the AIA Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. Wallace Saunders is an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and our attorneys represent architects, engineers, and other design professionals from the corporate formation process, through contracts and project planning, and in any litigation which may arise in the construction and design fields. We were delighted to celebrate the best the Kansas City area design community had to offer in 2019, in categories spanning interior design, engineering, and architecture projects in commercial, public, and residential spaces.

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Whopping Workers’ Comp Win for Weltz

Partner Ryan Weltz seized victory for his client, a California-based workers’ compensation case manager, when the Kansas Supreme Court recently reversed the below court’s decision ordering it to pay a claimant’s $730,000 hospital bill. They key issue—as reported by Law360, which has been following the case—was if the courts could rewrite a 2011 state regulation dealing with the amount payable under the Kansas Fee Schedule. The state’s high court found that judges could not nullify legislatively approved regulations even if following them produces an arguably unintended consequence. The ruling protects the client from making any additional payment in the case.

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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