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

D’Ambra is always on the go. She loves to travel and see the world. She’s also a fitness buff and yoga enthusiast. Her ideal vacation combines both.

Outgoing Dependable Organized

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Washburn University, B.A., Economics

Professional Practice

  • 1990-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1996-present: Partner
    • Past Chairperson, Workers’ Compensation Practice Group
    • Member, Compensation Committee
    • Past member, Management Committee

Professional Licensure

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

Professional Accomplishments

  • Awarded the “Super Lawyers” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2005
  • Frequent speaker on Kansas and Missouri workers compensation issues

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer, YMCA Challenger Program
  • Friends of the Kansas City Zoo
  • Frequent Contributor to Greater Kansas City Humane Society
  • Great Plains SPCA
  • Head for the Cure
  • Bishop Sullivan Project Elder Cool
  • Women’s Employment Network
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • ASPCA

News + Events + Alerts

Merker Refocuses Practice on Mediations/Arbitrations

Rick has a very good track record as a mediator and has been chosen by Plaintiff’s and Defense counsel because of his extensive trial practice of over 45 years. He is thorough and complete in the review of materials in advance of the mediation which is very helpful in creating an atmosphere which is comfortable for the parties and counsel. It is not uncommon for Judges to suggest him or appoint him in difficult cases. The rare combination of experience in court and a helpful demeanor is what is needed and successful. His rates are very reasonable.

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Texas’ New Certificate of Interested Parties (Form 1295) – How do you comply?

Does your Firm enter into contracts with governmental entities or state agencies in the state of Texas?  If so, then be prepared to determine if you must complete and file a Form 1295 the next time your Firm submits a contract for professional services to be signed by a governmental entity or state agency in the state of Texas.  If required to be filed, your contract cannot be approved until it is filed.

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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

Kansas City, MO

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

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065