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

Mike bleeds Kansas State purple as well as Wallace Saunders orange. There’s nothing he loves more than settling down to watch his alma mater Wildcats play.

Dedicated Intelligent Hardworking

Education

  • The American University – Washington College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Polsky National Moot Court Competition
  • Kansas State University, B.A., Political Science
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Louis H. Douglas Scholarship
    • Dean’s List

Professional Practice

  • 1993-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2015-Present: Of Counsel
    • 1998-2015: Partner
    • 2003-2013: Managing Partner, Wichita, KS
    • 2003-2013: Member, Management Committee
    • 2003-2013: Member, Accountability Committee
  • 1992-1993: Turner & Boisseau, Chartered, Great Bend, Kansas
    • Attorney
  • 1991-1992: Employees Compensation Appeals Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
    • Attorney

Professional Licensure

  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Oklahoma
  • Federal District Court of Kansas
  • Federal District Court of Northern Oklahoma
  • All courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia

Professional Accomplishments

  • Successful in overturning the trial court decision in Van Coller v. Massieon Farms
    • Issue of whether claimant, arguably in the country illegally and arguably without the legal capacity to enter into a valid contract of employment, was entitled to a work disability award
    • Trial court awarded work disability
    • On appeal, Mike convinced the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board that claimant was entitled to nothing more than his functional impairment
    • This establishes case law favorable to employers on whether   an illegal alien is entitled to a work disability

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

News + Events + Alerts

Wallace Saunders Honors KC’s Best at the AIA Design Excellence Awards #DEKC2019

Wallace Saunders attorneys Mike Brown and Bryan Kelly recently attended the AIA Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. Wallace Saunders is an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and our attorneys represent architects, engineers, and other design professionals from the corporate formation process, through contracts and project planning, and in any litigation which may arise in the construction and design fields. We were delighted to celebrate the best the Kansas City area design community had to offer in 2019, in categories spanning interior design, engineering, and architecture projects in commercial, public, and residential spaces.

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Whopping Workers’ Comp Win for Weltz

Partner Ryan Weltz seized victory for his client, a California-based workers’ compensation case manager, when the Kansas Supreme Court recently reversed the below court’s decision ordering it to pay a claimant’s $730,000 hospital bill. They key issue—as reported by Law360, which has been following the case—was if the courts could rewrite a 2011 state regulation dealing with the amount payable under the Kansas Fee Schedule. The state’s high court found that judges could not nullify legislatively approved regulations even if following them produces an arguably unintended consequence. The ruling protects the client from making any additional payment in the case.

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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

Kansas City, MO

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

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065