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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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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Design Professionals

Architects, engineers, construction managers, licensed site professionals and their firms have long relied on the Design Professionals Group at Wallace Saunders for comprehensive legal services. Our experienced team can handle any legal need that may arise, including regulatory and professional liability claims, advice concerning professional liability insurance, and representation in fee and contractual disputes with clients. Our highly experienced trial lawyers have represented clients in jury and nonjury cases, in both state and federal courts across the country.    

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Quick advisers and zealous defenders for healthcare-based institutions and individuals, the Healthcare Group at Wallace Saunders offers something few healthcare groups can – all of our lawyers have been with the group for an average of 20 years. So you know you’re getting experienced healthcare counsel with long-standing client relationships.    

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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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Wills, Trusts and Estates

Preservation and protection. The premises are simple. Navigating them can be complex. At Wallace Saunders, we focus on details, turning every stone to preserve your hard-earned wealth. We protect you, your family and your business. To us, it’s more than a job – it’s a duty we take to heart.    

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Jon is an devoted family man who loves nothing more than spending time with his three children, cheering for his youngest daughter at her sporting events and giving standing ovations at his oldest daughter’s theater performances. He’s also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the local Community Foundation and as an active member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Outgoing Humorous Relatable


  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Recipient, Tax Law Certificate
  • The University of Kansas, B.S.E., Sports Management

Professional Practice

  • 2005-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2012-present: Partner
    • 2005-2011: Associate
  • 2004: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
    • Legal Intern
  • Frequent presenter on topic of risk management for licensed professionals including medical and dental professionals, hospitals, architects, engineers, and realtors
  • Presentations:
    • Pitfalls of Value Engineering, American Institute of Architects, KC Chapter
    • Risk Management To Reduce Dental Liability, Local Dental Study Clubs
      • In conjunction with OMSNIC and FORTRESS
    • Commercial Real Estate From A to Z, National Business Institute
      • Easements and Other Servitudes
      • Legal Ethics in Commercial Real Estate Practice
    • How to Avoid Getting Sued, Local Real Estate Brokerages 

Professional Licensure

Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas

     - American Health Lawyers Association
     - Kansas Association of Healthcare Attorneys
     - Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys

Bar Associations
     - Johnson County Bar Association
     - Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
          - Bar Leadership Academy, Graduate 2006-2007
     - Kansas Bar Association
     - The Missouri Bar 
          - Health and Hospital Law Committee

Professional Accomplishments

  •  Top 40 under 40 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Kansas, 2014, 2015
    •  Selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates 
  • Secured favorable jury verdicts in the courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • Briefed and argued before the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award, 2005
    •  Awarded by the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law

Civic Activities


The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
     - 2015-present: John Wesley Legacy Society Council
     - 2012-2015: Member of Church Council
     - 2012-2015: Chairman of the Foundation Board
     - 2010-2015: Foundation Board of Directors

Community Foundation of Johnson County, a regional affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
     - 2013-present: Board of Directors

Kansas City Crusaders
     - 2014-present: Member 
     - Host organization for the Midwest Classic benefiting Children's Mercy

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA),2003-2005
     - Program Coordinator, 2005

Chambers of Commerce
     - Member, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
     - Member, Olathe Chamber of Commerce


News + Events + Alerts

Rick Merker Celebrates 45 Years

This past year Rick Merker celebrated his 45th year at Wallace Saunders.  He took time to reflect on his 45 years at the firm ~ a career that began as a law clerk the second semester of his first year of law school.  Rick’s introduction to the legal field occurred much earlier, however.  At age 18, while in undergraduate school, Rick took his first job in the legal field as a runner for a downtown law firm for $1.10 an hour to help his family financially after his father had passed away.  The same sense of dedication, integrity, and passion has remained the hallmark of Rick’s practice at Wallace Saunders.  

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Comparative Fault and Choice of Law - Rider v. YMCA

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently issued an opinion in Rider v. Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Kansas City, Case No. WD76680 (Mo. App. W.D. Jan. 13, 2015), which addresses the burden of proof for a defendant to assert a comparative fault defense in slip-and-fall cases.  The Missouri Court of Appeals also refused to apply the Kansas cap on non-economic damages even though the incident giving rise to the litigation occurred in Kansas. 

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