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

Preston and Confer join Firm.

Michael Preston and Christopher Confer—lawyers with deep experience in the law of transportation and trucking—have become of Counsel to Wallace Saunders. Says managing partner, Kevin Weakley: “Mike and Chris are immensely talented lawyers, who already have a track record of success for clients and will further expand the firm’s strength across the Midwest.”

Beyond representing railroads and commercial motor carriers, Preston and Confer will also handle other hefty civil litigation, including the defense of matters involving professional liability and product liability among other things.

“When you get to know Mike and Chris like we do, you’ll be glad they are Partners with you,” added Weakley.

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Wallace Saunders Ranked for Ability, Professionalism, and Integrity.

Fifty-five years. That’s how long Wallace Saunders has provided superior legal services to its clients across the Midwest. Yet, our core philosophy—Partners with you—hasn’t changed and never will.

Today, Wallace Saunders is proud to say that it is regionally ranked in 6 practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms." And with this elite designation comes a renewed commitment to be the law firm, and lawyers, you can count on for years to come.

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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