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

Chris Confer and Stephanie Blaylock recently gave two presentations in Omaha, Nebraska at the American Association of Railroads’

During the first of their presentations, Mr. Confer and Ms. Blaylock provided the audience members with initial information that traditionally would be provided to claims specialists, information that would be learned throughout discovery, as well as last-minute evidence that may be uncovered at or shortly before trial (and subsequently admitted at trial). Conference attendees were divided into six sub-groups for them to discuss and assess the information as it was presented, which facilitated an ultimate discussion of why each sub-group did what it did in terms of each sub-group’s evaluation of the facts and monetary exposure and allowed for a conversation about how all of the provided material impacted those sub-groups’ case evaluation, as well as jury behavior, and jury verdict results in the real world.

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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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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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