Practice Groups

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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Employment

The ever-changing landscape of human resources law is dizzying. It can be difficult for any HR team or business owner to keep pace. Whether your HR department is small, large or transitioning, the Employment Practice Group at Wallace Saunders works in tight cooperation with you. We take pride in partnership, collaborating closely to provide legal representation and counsel in a capacity that best serves your needs.    

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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

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Education

  • University of Missouri – Juris Doctor
  • University of Kansas, B.A., History

Professional Practice

  • 2020 - Present: Wallace Saunders
  • 2018 - 2020: Schaffer and Morton
  • 2012 - 2018: Frischer and Schaffer
  • 2003 - 2012: Nationwide Insurance, Trial Division

Professional Licensure

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

Professional Accomplishments

  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Numerous successful civil jury trials

     

    Civic Activities

    • Kansas Bar Association
    • KCMBA
    • Johnson County Bar
    • Volunteer for children’s extracurricular activities

    News + Events + Alerts

    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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    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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    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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