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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Personal

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.

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Education

  • 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

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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Wallace Saunders and ACLU obtain parole decision for Bobby Bostic

Wallace Saunders, together with the ACLU, provided pro bono services to Bobby Bostic and obtained a decision from the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole granting Bostic parole. Bostic had been sentenced to 241 years in prison for a robbery which he committed as a minor at the age of 16. At his sentencing, the Court advised Bostic that he would “die in the Department of Corrections.” Bostic has served 26 years of that sentence before this week’s decision.

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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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