Practice Groups

Banking and Financial Services

The Banking and Financial Services group believes the simple edict that “time is money and money is time.” This concept drives our responsive, practical counsel in all matters of financing. We are dedicated to resolving our clients’ disputes in a no-nonsense manner.    

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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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Product Liability

Understanding the nuances of Product Liability law and the significant exposure for clients involved in product litigation is a service not every firm can offer. Our experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers gives you the advantage of leveraging strategic planning with trial skills in this complex and dynamic area of law.     

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Transportation and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and transportation, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our trucking and 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 and other transportation accidents and emergencies.

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Personal

Kelvin enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheri, and their three sons. He likes reading, fishing, working on his family tree and watching professional wrestling (which he insists is “choreographed” instead of fake).

Focused Collegial Analytical

Education

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2004
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A. Psychology, 2000

Professional Practice

  • 2016 – present: Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel
  • 2015 – 2016: Peterson & Associates, P.C.
    • Trial Attorney
  • 2011 – 2015: Shaffer Lombardo Shurin, P.C.
    • Associate
  • 2008 – 2011: South & Associates, P.C.
    • Associate
  • 2007 – 2008: Law Office of Kelvin J. Fisher
    • Trial Attorney
  • 2005 – 2007: Schmitt, Manz, Swanson, & Mulhern, P.C.
    • Associate

Professional Licensure

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • District Court for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbel
  • National Black Lawyer’s – Top 100
  • Named a 2011 “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly
  • Awarded the “Rising Star” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers for the years 2013 - 2016
  • Missouri Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2011 – 2015

Civic Activities

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Missouri Bar Disciplinary Committee, Region IV, 2014 - Present
  • Board Member, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, 2016 – Present
  • Board Member, Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders, 2011 - 2016
  • Member, City of Independence Missouri Planning Commission, 2011 - 2014

News + Events + Alerts

Arising out of Employment Simplified: Atkins v. Webcon

On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Webcon and signaled an important change for determining whether accidents that occur while workers are out of town for employment-related purposes are compensable.

The relevant facts of the case are that the claimant and others were required to travel and stay in Enid, Oklahoma on a construction project. They took a company vehicle and their accommodations were provided by the employer. The hotel in which claimant and other co-workers were staying, though, was without a hotel bar. Claimant ventured across the street and went to a hotel that did have a hotel bar. He stayed until past two in the morning before attempting to cross the street to his hotel. Unfortunately, he was struck by a car driven by an intoxicated driver and sustained severe injuries.

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AMA Guides, 6th Edition Found to be Unconstitutional as Applied to Pardo

Kansas Court of Appeals Rules the 6th Edition of The AMA Guides is Unconstitutional as to Francisco Pardo

On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals published its decision in Francisco Pardo v. UPS. This case had been the subject of great scrutiny, as the issues raised challenged the very constitutionality of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

Mr. Pardo suffered a rotator cuff injury in 2013 in a work-related accident. In March 2015, he injured the same shoulder in a separate work-related accident. The second injury was not related to the first injury and involved a different part of the rotator cuff than was previously injured.

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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