Practice Groups

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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Personal

Boisterous Clever Industrious

Education

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Central Missouri State, B.S.

Professional Practice

  • 1982-present: Wallace Saunders
  • 1987-present: Senior Partner

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Districts

Professional Accomplishments

  • Awarded the “Super Lawyers” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® consistently since 2008 through present date.

     

    Civic Activities

    • Frequent speaker at client and sponsored seminars on bad faith/excess and other first-party insurance claim issues.
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • The Missouri Bar Association
    • Johnson County Bar Association
      • Past Director
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

    News + Events + Alerts

    Railroad Liability Conference

    Wallace Saunders attorneys Tom Hayes, Chris Confer, and Stephanie Blaylock recently attended the 27th Annual Railroad Liability Conference, which is put on by America’s leading short line railroads. This year’s conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri and was long awaited, as it was the first time the conference has taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Because of their significant experience in railroad litigation, the above Wallace Saunders attorneys were asked to present at the conference with Asim S. Raza (Chief Legal Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs – Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis), Onna Houck (General Counsel – Iowa Interstate Railroad), and Kristin Bevil (General Counsel – Pioneer Lines) on the topic: “On Site Counsel – Lessons Learned.”

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    Kansas Court of Appeals Decision

    The Kansas Court of Appeals issued a published decision on March 18, 2022, in favor of our client, in Turner v. Pleasant Acres, No. 123,552, distinguishing federal case law that had been in place since 1981. The Court of Appeals held that, despite the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s opinion in Knight v. Insurance Company of North America, 647 F.2d 127 (10th Cir. 1981), the Kansas Workers Compensation Act, specifically K.S.A. §44-504(b), does not distinguish between the types of recovery to which a workers compensation lien attaches. Our client was thus granted a subrogation lien where one would have previously been denied, involving uninsured motorist benefits. This clears the way for Respondents to successfully assert statutory liens against settlements and judgments where a plaintiff/claimant attempts to recover duplicate damages through an uninsured motorist action and a workers compensation claim.

    Congratulations to Tim Emerson in our Wichita office for his success on behalf of the client.

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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

    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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