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

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

Kansas City, MO

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

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065