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

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