Practice Groups

Business Litigation

Business litigation requires a unique blend of business-specific knowledge and litigation experience. Wallace Saunders has both the knowledge and the experience to protect and move your business forward. Our Business Litigation attorneys handle litigation matters across a broad spectrum of professions and industries. 

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Construction and Design

The world of construction is comprehensive, collaborative and highly detailed. The same can be said of our approach to construction law. Legal regulations, city and state codes, federal guidelines, environmental issues – there’s a litany of laws and parameters that seems never-ending.

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Litigation

Founded as a litigation firm in 1963, our attorneys carry on our tradition of substantial deposition and courtroom experience, with hands-on training that begins early in every attorney’s career. The litigation department is the largest practice area at Wallace Saunders, with more than half of our attorneys working under the Litigation Practice Area umbrella.

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Professional Liability

Most professionals regularly handle situations where they cannot guarantee specific results for their clients or patients. This makes them vulnerable to professional liability lawsuits. Choosing the right attorney to defend such lawsuits is critical. Additionally, the best defense against professional liability claims begins before a claim ever gets filed.

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Transportation: Railroad and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and railroading, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our transportation attorneys are on call 24/7 to respond to serious accidents and emergencies by visiting accident scenes to gather and preserve evidence. This helps lay the groundwork for a careful investigation and vigorous claim defense. We have an established emergency response protocol, and will work with a team of accident reconstructionists, field investigators, and criminal defense attorneys, when needed, to immediately respond to trucking, railroading, and other transportation accidents and emergencies.

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Personal

Knowledgeable Creative Problem-Solver

Education

  • University of Nebraska, B.S. in Business Administration, with distinction, 1980
    • Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary)
  • University of Nebraska, J.D. with distinction, 1983
    • Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review, 1982-1983
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers

Professional Practice

  • Wallace Saunders – Of Counsel, December 2022 - Present
  • Sharp Law, LLP – Partner 2020 – September 2022; Assistant Managing Partner
  • Polsinelli PC – Associate 1983 – 1989; Shareholder 1989 – 2019

Presentations and Articles

  • KCMBA Business Litigation Handbook: Tortious Interference with Contract or Business Expectancy
  • A Date with the Supremes: Lessons from Our U.S. Supreme Court Experience
  • Antitrust Audits as Part of a Compliance Program: How to Design and Perform an Audit and What to do if You Find a Violation
  • Department of Justice Reasserts Intention to Criminally Enforce No-Poach Guidance
  • St. Luke’s Health: Does Improving Patient Care Justify a Merger Under Antitrust Law? Ninth Circuit Says “No” and Orders Divestiture
  • 2016 Antitrust Case Law and FTC Action Highlights FTC Agency’s Approach to Hospital Mergers
  • Becoming the Target of an Antitrust Lawsuit: Essential Considerations
  • Department of Justice Reasserts Intention to Criminally Enforce No-Poach Guidance
  • Mo. Civil Procedure § 57-1 (Mo Bar 2d Ed. 1995): Interrogatories and Depositions

Key Matters

  • Successfully represented clients before the United States Supreme Court in an antitrust case related to the Natural Gas Industry
  • Represented American Carriers Inc., a national trucking company located in Kansas City, in a breach of contract against Westinghouse Credit Corporation. Case Tried for six weeks with a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $70 million. Jury award affirmed and collected.
  • Represented plaintiff in a breach of contract transaction involving the sale of CompuServe, Inc. to WorldCom, Inc. with a simultaneous transfer to AOL. Alleged breach of an agreement regarding the exclusive use of name and customer list for Block owned credit card portfolio. Case tried for three weeks with verdict for H&R Block and against AOL in the amount of $21 million.
  • Represented plaintiff Electronic Tire Technologies, a startup company, in a breach of contract case against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; case tried to a jury with a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $1 million. Case settled during appeal.
  • Represented H&R Block in a breach of contract case by franchisee.
  • Successfully defended against physician’s antitrust claims arising out of a privileging issue.

Professional Licensure

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Kansas Bar
  • Missouri Bar
  • Nebraska Bar
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Professional Accomplishments

  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial litigation and Antitrust (2012-Present)
  • Selected by the Best Lawyers in America as Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for Kansas City (2019)
  • Chosen by the Kansas City Business Journal as Best of the Bar (Various Years)
  • Recognized by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and KC Magazine as a Super lawyer (2010-Present)
  • Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Selected by ALM and Martindale Hubbell as an Elite Lawyer of the South (2019)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals

Civic Activities

  • American Hospital Association (2019 – Present) – Committee on Governance; Chair – Elect (2022)
  • Selected by Kansas Hospital Association as Trustee of the Year (2018)
  • Board of Directors Saint Luke’s Health System (2014 – Present); Chairman (2022 – Present)
  • Board of Directors, Saint Luke’s South Hospital (2008-2022); Chairman of the Board (2010-2020)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – President (2007-2008); Chair of BAR Headquarters Task Force (2008-2010); Recipient of 2010 Presidents Award for Outstanding Service
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation – President (2013)
  • Recipient of 2004 President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Bar Foundation Lifetime Member
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Senior Warden (2003-2004)(2015-2018); Chancellor (2005-2014)(2021-Present)

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

Topeka, KS

By Appointment Only
2909 Southwest Maupin Lane
Topeka , KS 66614

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

Pittsburg, KS

By Appointment Only
402 North Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

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