Practice Groups

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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Corporate

The Wallace Saunders Corporate Practice group focuses on three primary areas: entity formation, operations guidance and assisting in the sale of your business.

Accurate entity formation can have a major impact on your liability exposure as well as substantial tax consequences. It’s important to have appropriate control features in the establishing documents for your entity to ensure your ability to run your company in the manner you see fit.     

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Insurance

Insurance issues can escalate from simple to complex quickly, and you need attorneys able to handle it all. With Wallace Saunders, you can rest assured the attorneys in our Insurance Practice Group have a command of insurance law and litigation. In fact, the firm was founded more than 50 years ago with insurance at the core of our practice.

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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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Product Liability

Understanding the nuances of Product Liability law and the significant exposure for clients involved in product litigation is a service not every firm can offer. Our experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers gives you the advantage of leveraging strategic planning with trial skills in this complex and dynamic area of law.     

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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

Holli recently returned to Kansas City to be closer to family after spending more than 10 years in Chicago. She is grateful to have the opportunity to continue doing the type of legal work she enjoys while also regularly spending time with her family. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the KC area and checking out all the new additions over the last decade.

Resilient Compassionate Resourceful

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Dean’s List
    • Member of the National Trial Advocacy Team ranked 3rd in the nation at that time.
      • National Trial Competition
      • Tournament of Champions
      • National Ethics Trial Competition, Received Award for Best Knowledge and Use of Evidence
    • Teaching Assistant for Intensive Trial Advocacy and Litigation Technology Course
    • Recipient of Merit scholarship
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, B.A. English Literature, Linguistics and Spanish
    • Horatio Alger State Scholar
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Professional Practice

  • 2019 – Present : Wallace Saunders, Associate
  • 2017-2018: Norris & Keplinger, LLC, Associate
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • 2016-2017: Swanson, Martin, Bell, Associate
    • 2013-2016: Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney
      • 2014-2016: Associate
      • 2013-2014: Law Clerk
    • 2012-2013: Corboy & Demetrio, Law Clerk
    • 2012-2013: Cook County State Attorney’s Office, Felony Crime Division, 711 Licensed Attorney
  • 2010 – Present: Licensed Tax Preparer and Certified IRS Enrolled Agent 

Professional Licensure

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District

Professional Accomplishments

  • Jury and bench trial experience in Illinois and Missouri including:
    • Webb v. Naik, Defense counsel for Dr. Naik in a Missouri medical malpractice matter. Verdict: April 2018 – Not Liable
    • State v. Henry Myles, Prosecuting attorney in Cook County, Illinois murder trial. Verdict: June 2013 – Guilty First Degree Murder and Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault
    • Steven McHale v. Transfreight, LLC, et al., 2010 L 2934F, Assisted partner in representation of plaintiff in wrongful death case. Verdict: March 22, 2013 - Liable with jury verdict awarding $8 million.
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Clerkship Scholarship
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship
  • CALI award highest score in Trial Advocacy 2
  • Horatio Alger State Scholar
  • Articles/Client Newsletter/Updates Written
    • Medicare Secondary Payer Related Cases and Resources, DRI Medicare Team Resource, December 2015
    • State-by-State and Federal Analysis and Comparison of All Employment Related Laws, Corporate Client, June 2015
    • Landscaping Employers: Targets of Wage Litigation, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Litigation Blog, March 2016
    • Defending FLSA Federal and State Wage Law Claims: Federal Statutes, State Laws, and Offer of Judgments, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, August 2015; updated February 2016
    • Employer Alert: Tennessee, Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation and Discrimination, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, September 2015
    • Discovery and Getting Social Media in Front of the Jury in Illinois, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Spring 2014
    • Shareholder Requirements for Bringing Derivative Actions, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, August 2013

Civic Activities

  • Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Concussion Legacy Foundation, Ambassador
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 

News + Events + Alerts

Wallace Saunders Honors KC’s Best at the AIA Design Excellence Awards #DEKC2019

Wallace Saunders attorneys Mike Brown and Bryan Kelly recently attended the AIA Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. Wallace Saunders is an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and our attorneys represent architects, engineers, and other design professionals from the corporate formation process, through contracts and project planning, and in any litigation which may arise in the construction and design fields. We were delighted to celebrate the best the Kansas City area design community had to offer in 2019, in categories spanning interior design, engineering, and architecture projects in commercial, public, and residential spaces.

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Whopping Workers’ Comp Win for Weltz

Partner Ryan Weltz seized victory for his client, a California-based workers’ compensation case manager, when the Kansas Supreme Court recently reversed the below court’s decision ordering it to pay a claimant’s $730,000 hospital bill. They key issue—as reported by Law360, which has been following the case—was if the courts could rewrite a 2011 state regulation dealing with the amount payable under the Kansas Fee Schedule. The state’s high court found that judges could not nullify legislatively approved regulations even if following them produces an arguably unintended consequence. The ruling protects the client from making any additional payment in the case.

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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

Kansas City, MO

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

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065