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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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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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

John likes to get outdoors and play golf or get in a game of pickup basketball. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Seasoned Trustworthy Thorough

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas, B.S., Business Administration

Professional Practice

  • 1992-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1997-present: Partner
    • 2009-present: Co-Chairman, Transportation and Trucking Practice Group
    • 2013-present: Chairman, Professional Liability Practice Group
    • 2009-2013: Chairman, First-Party Insurance/Insurance Coverage Practice Group
  • 1990-1992: Kansas Department of Insurance
    • Law Clerk

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions

Professional Accomplishments

  • Successfully tried numerous jury trials and bench trials throughout Kansas and Missouri
  • Active member in the management of Wallace Saunders, serving on the Management and Accountability committees
  • Serves as chair of the Transportation and Trucking and Professional Liability Practice Groups

 

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Missouri Inn of Court
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Member
    • Diplomats Club Task Force
  • A.L.S. Philanthropy
  • Corporation Board of Phi Delta Theta – Kansas Alpha Chapter
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Volunteer
  • Johnson County Bar Foundation Committee
  • Presbyterian Church of Stanley

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