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

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.

Fifty-five years. That’s how long Wallace Saunders has provided superior legal services to its clients across the Midwest. Yet, our core philosophy—Partners with you—hasn’t changed and never will.

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 law firm, and lawyers, you can count on for years to come.

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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