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

Rick Merker Celebrates 45 Years

This past year Rick Merker celebrated his 45th year at Wallace Saunders.  He took time to reflect on his 45 years at the firm ~ a career that began as a law clerk the second semester of his first year of law school.  Rick’s introduction to the legal field occurred much earlier, however.  At age 18, while in undergraduate school, Rick took his first job in the legal field as a runner for a downtown law firm for $1.10 an hour to help his family financially after his father had passed away.  The same sense of dedication, integrity, and passion has remained the hallmark of Rick’s practice at Wallace Saunders.  

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Comparative Fault and Choice of Law - Rider v. YMCA

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently issued an opinion in Rider v. Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Kansas City, Case No. WD76680 (Mo. App. W.D. Jan. 13, 2015), which addresses the burden of proof for a defendant to assert a comparative fault defense in slip-and-fall cases.  The Missouri Court of Appeals also refused to apply the Kansas cap on non-economic damages even though the incident giving rise to the litigation occurred in Kansas. 

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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

901 St. Louis Street Suite 702
Springfield, MO 65806

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