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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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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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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Personal

John grew up in the Boston area and is an avid sports fan. One of his favorite hobbies is arguing with his wife, kids, and anyone else who will listen about the virtues of various professional sports teams hailing from the Northeast.

Dependable Meticulous Knowledgeable

Education

  • Washington University School of Law – Juris Doctor
  • Washington University College of Arts and Sciences – BA Economics

Professional Practice

  • Wallace Saunders
    • Partner
  • Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
    • Member
    • Of Counsel
    • Associate
  • Rasmussen Dickey Moore
    • Of Counsel
  • Lathrop & Gage
    • Associate

Professional Licensure

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Accomplishments

  • Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars – Insurance Coverage – Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Notable Cases
    • Casas v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 35 Kan.App.2d 223, 130 P.3d 1201 (2005)
    • Farmers Ins. Co. v. McGinness, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111215 (W.D. Mo. Jan. 23, 2007)
    • Goodwillie v. Farmers Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111787 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 11, 2007)
    • Mathes v. Mid-Century, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46698 (E.D. Mo. June 16, 2008)
    • Great Divide Ins. Co. v. Lake Taneycomo Woods Dev. Improvement Ass’n, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204002 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 13, 2016)
    • Hylton v. Safe Auto Ins. Co., 514 S.W.3d 704 (Mo. App. 2017)
    • Wilson v. KAL Motel, Inc., 524 S.W.3d 572 (Mo. App. 2017)

Civic Activities

  • Defense Research Institute – Insurance Law Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

News + Events + Alerts

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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Wallace Saunders and ACLU obtain parole decision for Bobby Bostic

Wallace Saunders, together with the ACLU, provided pro bono services to Bobby Bostic and obtained a decision from the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole granting Bostic parole. Bostic had been sentenced to 241 years in prison for a robbery which he committed as a minor at the age of 16. At his sentencing, the Court advised Bostic that he would “die in the Department of Corrections.” Bostic has served 26 years of that sentence before this week’s decision.

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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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