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

Our Operations in Response to the COVID-19 Situation

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be an extremely dynamic event, Wallace Saunders is actively monitoring the situation to minimize the impact on its employees, clients, and our local communities. Currently, we have not experienced any significant disruption of our essential operations, but rest assured that we are taking appropriate steps to ensure that our resources and technology are in place to support our critical processes so we may continue providing excellent service to our clients.

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Review of Potential COVID-19 Liability of Employers in Workers’ Compensation

INTRODUCTION

Currently, the United States is experiencing more and more individuals testing positive for the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. One question an employer might have is whether or not they may be liable under workers’ compensation if one of their employees contracts the virus. Our firm has reviewed Missouri and Kansas law to determine possible defenses that could be raised should a claim be brought regarding COVID-19.

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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

Topeka, KS

By Appointment Only
2909 Southwest Maupin Lane
Topeka , KS 66614

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

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