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.

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  • 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

Insurer Prevails In 1st COVID-19 Coverage Jury Trial

Link: Insurer Prevails In 1st COVID-19 Coverage Jury Trial - Law360

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Chris Confer presented "Recent Legal Developments" at the 32nd Annual AAR Claims School

At the request of the American Association of Railroads (“AAR”), Partner, Chris Confer, presented on the topic of “Recent Legal Developments” at the 32nd Annual AAR Claims School. This was his fifth time serving as a presenter at this conference. During the course of his presentation, Mr. Confer touched upon emerging technologies being actively utilized in railroad operations, as well as national case law that impacts the claims investigation and claims resolution processes that stand to impact AAR-members’ railroad claims departments. The AAR’s Claims School is usually held at the Johnson County Community College’s School of Railroad Sciences, however, this year, given COVID-19 concerns, the event was presented over Zoom. This virtual presentation helped underscore the changing and prevalence of technology the AAR members’ railroads’ claim agents must negotiate. When asked about the subject of his presentation, Mr. Confer commented, “I love the opportunity to help shape young claim agents’ understanding of the interrelationship between the railroad claims investigation process and railroad claims litigation team. The AAR is a fantastic organization, and I am very pleased to have had such a long relationship with it and its member railroads.” Mr. Confer has also been asked to speak at the AAR’s Claims School – Advanced, to be held next month.

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Wichita, KS 67202

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Springfield, MO 65807

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Lee's Summit, MO 64086

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Pittsburg, KS 66762

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