Practice Groups

Banking and Financial Services

The Banking and Financial Services group believes the simple edict that “time is money and money is time.” This concept drives our responsive, practical counsel in all matters of financing. We are dedicated to resolving our clients’ disputes in a no-nonsense manner.    

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Business Litigation

Business litigation requires a unique blend of business-specific knowledge and litigation experience. Wallace Saunders has both the knowledge and the experience to protect and move your business forward. Our Business Litigation attorneys handle litigation matters across a broad spectrum of professions and industries. 

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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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Corporate

The Wallace Saunders Corporate Practice group focuses on three primary areas: entity formation, operations guidance and assisting in the sale of your business.

Accurate entity formation can have a major impact on your liability exposure as well as substantial tax consequences. It’s important to have appropriate control features in the establishing documents for your entity to ensure your ability to run your company in the manner you see fit.     

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Criminal Litigation

Everyone knows someone who has encountered law enforcement. Criminal charges and investigations often bring anxiety and uncertainty to the accused and his or her family. For this reason, it is essential to promptly find an experienced partner who can guide you through the legal process. The attorneys of Wallace Saunders’ Criminal Litigation Group are here to help. We provide our clients with the clarity needed to understand the criminal law processes and protect our clients by finding the best solutions based on their needs.    

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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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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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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

Mark is an avid KU sports fan and a self-proclaimed wine sommelier. He enjoys golf, but it’s evident when he plays that he spends more time in the office than on the course. Mark is married to Amy and they have two children together, Erin and Blake.

Driven Levelheaded Passionate

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science
  • 2002: Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution,
    • Mediation, Core
    • Mediation, Victim
  • 2002: Johnson County Community College
    • Mediation, Civil
    • Mediation, Domestic

Professional Practice

  • 2005-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2009-present: Partner
    • Practice Group Leader, Banking and Financial Institutions
    • Practice Group Leader, Business Litigation
  • 1994-2005: Doering, Grisell & McFarland, P.A
    • Partner
  • 1989-1994: Doering & Grisell, P.A
    • Attorney

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit

Professional Accomplishments

  • Received Finney County Attorney’s Certificate for Service to Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Appeared and argued a case before the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Appeared and argued a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Civic Activities

  • Parishioner, Holy Trinity Catholic Church
  • Lifetime Member, Alumni Association –The University of Kansas
  • Member, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate, Leadership Overland Park
  • Pronouncer, Manchester Park Spelling Bee
  • Member, Knights of Columbus, Council of Palms
  • Member, 1st Degree Team, Knights of Columbus
  • Past President, St. Dominic’s Pastoral Council
  • Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • Past Member, Garden City Community College Athletic Board
  • Former Public Address Announcer, Garden City Community College Basketball (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professional Liability Committee
    • Trial Tactics Committee
    • Insurance Law Committee
    • Construction Law Committee
    • Design Professional Special Practice Group
    • Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Presentations:
    • Title Insurance for Commercial Transactions, National Business Institute
    • Pitfalls of Value Engineering, American Institute of Architects, KC Chapter

News + Events + Alerts

Primacy: Managing Expectations from the Beginning

Overland Park, KS (April 16, 2014) - Architects must take care to manage client expectations to avoid contract disputes and litigation.  A clear statement of the scope of work in the contract and mindful adherence to the scope of work are important risk management principles for design professionals.  

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Best in Business – Wichita Business Journal

Wichita, Kansas (April 2, 2014) – A business community will thrive when its leaders find ways to open new doors. Wallace Saunders wants to congratulate Envision for its inclusion as a 2014 Finalist in the Wichita Business Journal’s Best in Business program. This recognition validates Envision’s outcome-driven strategic plan. We wish Envision luck at the upcoming Best in Business Luncheon on April 17, 2014.

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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

901 St. Louis Street Suite 702
Springfield, MO 65806

P: 417.866.2300

F: 417.866.2444

Kansas City, MO

By Appointment Only
2300 Main Street Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64108

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065