Practice Groups

Employment

The ever-changing landscape of human resources law is dizzying. It can be difficult for any HR team or business owner to keep pace. Whether your HR department is small, large or transitioning, the Employment Practice Group at Wallace Saunders works in tight cooperation with you. We take pride in partnership, collaborating closely to provide legal representation and counsel in a capacity that best serves your needs.    

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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

Doug loves to get up and get going. A sailor of 45 years, he knows his way around a rigging. But he’s also a fan of the land, trading his dinghy in for a bicycle on occasion. In fact, just last summer he pedaled his way across the state of Kansas.

Compassionate Clever Consistent

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas, B.A. in Economics and Political Science

Professional Practice

  • 1991-present: Wallace Saunders
  • 1994-present: Partner
  • 1986-1991: McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn and Herrington, P.A.
    • Partner

Professional Licensure

  • Kansas
  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Professional Accomplishments

  • Testified before the Kansas Legislature relative to workers’ compensation
  • Frequent speaker on issues of workers’ compensation and employment law for continuing legal education seminars

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors and officer for Envision Inc.
  • Member, Boy Scouts of America, past Scout Master and committee member
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Kansas Self-Insurers Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Wichita Area Workers’ Compensation Task Force
  • Society of Human Resource Managers

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