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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Design Professionals

Architects, engineers, construction managers, licensed site professionals and their firms have long relied on the Design Professionals Group at Wallace Saunders for comprehensive legal services. Our experienced team can handle any legal need that may arise, including regulatory and professional liability claims, advice concerning professional liability insurance, and representation in fee and contractual disputes with clients. Our highly experienced trial lawyers have represented clients in jury and nonjury cases, in both state and federal courts across the country.    

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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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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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Real Estate

Companies, municipalities, real estate developers and individuals have all called on Wallace Saunders for assistance with various types of commercial, residential, multifamily and land development projects.    

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Personal

Like most Californians, Leilani loves the outdoors, food, and wine.  When she's not in the office, you'll find her running trails, trying out the newest restaurants, and attending wine tastings.

Talented Personable Genuine

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.S., Criminal Justice, 2008

Professional Practice

  • 2011-present: Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel
    • Associate
    • Clerk
  • 2010: U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
    • Intern

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Accomplishments

  • Janean Meigs Memorial Award

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • 2014-2015: AIA KC Pillars Class of 2015
  • 2012-Present: University of Kansas School of Law Mentor
  • 2005-Present: American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Services Volunteer
  • 2005-2012: Basic Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association
  • 2004-2006: Law Enforcement, California
  • 2003-2010: Emergency Medical Technician, California and Kansas  

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