Practice Groups

Workers' Compensation

Backed by 50 years of successfully defending the largest insurance companies in the country, the Workers’ Compensation Group at Wallace Saunders prides itself on personal service – when you hire a partner in the group, you get that partner. And you get a no-nonsense approach to defending employers in the area of workers’ compensation.

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If Kip is not in the office he is probably traveling, working in his wood shop or trap shooting.  A little known fact about Kip—he is an excellent cook.

Concise Analytical Funny


  • University of Kansas, B.A., Political Science (with honors)
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor

Professional Practice

  • 1983-1989: Associate, Wallace Saunders, Chtd,
  • 1989-2001: Shareholder, Payne and Jones, Chtd,
  • 2001-2017: Shareholder, Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum
  • 2018-2021: Of Counsel, Martin Pringle
  • 2021-current: Of Counsel, Wallace Saunders, Chtd.

Professional Licensure

  • Kansas (1983)
  • Missouri (1990)

Professional Accomplishments

  • Kansas Bar Association, 1983-Present
  • American Bar Association, 1983-2000
  • Johnson County Bar Association, 1983-Present
  • Missouri Bar Association, 1990-Present
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, 1992--2001
  • KBA Nominations Committee, 1995-2009
  • Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2005-2013
  • Kansas Workers Compensation Advisory Board, 1995-2004
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 1998-Present
  • Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyer” 2006-Present
  • Kansas City Business Journal “Best of Bar” 2007
  • National Association of Bar Presidents, 1996-2000
  • Fellow, College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, 2008-present
  • Board of Directors, College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, 2012
  • Present (President 2019-2021)
  • KBA Annual Survey of Law Editorial Committee, 2009-2019
  • Ingram’s Best Lawyers in Kansas City, 2009-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV
  • Johnson County Bar Association President, 1993-1994
  • Kansas City, Metropolitan Bar Association, 1990-2000
  • Johnson County Junior College Paralegal Advisory Board, 1985-1989
  • KBA Civil Bench Bar Committee, 1986-1988
  • KBA Ethics Grievance Panel 2009-Present

Civic Activities

  • Member, Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church

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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