Practice Groups

Insurance

Insurance issues can escalate from simple to complex quickly, and you need attorneys able to handle it all. With Wallace Saunders, you can rest assured the attorneys in our Insurance Practice Group have a command of insurance law and litigation. In fact, the firm was founded more than 50 years ago with insurance at the core of our practice.

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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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Personal

Mike is a devoted family man, and enjoys spending time with friends.

Hardworking Energetic Detail-Oriented

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Kansas, B.S., Journalism
  • Washburn School of Law, Kansas College of Advocacy, Trial Tactics and Techniques Institute

Professional Practice

  • 1984-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1989-present: Partner
  • 1979-1984: Kansas Insurance Department
    • Attorney
  • 1979-1984: State of Kansas
    • Assistant Attorney General
  • 1982-1984: Kansas Healthcare Stabilization Fund
    • Managing Attorney
  • 1980-1981: Washburn University
    • Adjunct Professor
    • Legal Research and Writing

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

Professional Accomplishments

  • Expert speaker on insurance, litigation and trial-related issues to local and statewide organizations
  • Author and editor of nationally distributed manuals on Kansas no-fault and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

News + Events + Alerts

Rick Merker Celebrates 45 Years

This past year Rick Merker celebrated his 45th year at Wallace Saunders.  He took time to reflect on his 45 years at the firm ~ a career that began as a law clerk the second semester of his first year of law school.  Rick’s introduction to the legal field occurred much earlier, however.  At age 18, while in undergraduate school, Rick took his first job in the legal field as a runner for a downtown law firm for $1.10 an hour to help his family financially after his father had passed away.  The same sense of dedication, integrity, and passion has remained the hallmark of Rick’s practice at Wallace Saunders.  

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Comparative Fault and Choice of Law - Rider v. YMCA

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently issued an opinion in Rider v. Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Kansas City, Case No. WD76680 (Mo. App. W.D. Jan. 13, 2015), which addresses the burden of proof for a defendant to assert a comparative fault defense in slip-and-fall cases.  The Missouri Court of Appeals also refused to apply the Kansas cap on non-economic damages even though the incident giving rise to the litigation occurred in Kansas. 

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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