Practice Groups

Construction and Design

The world of construction is comprehensive, collaborative and highly detailed. The same can be said of our approach to construction law. Legal regulations, city and state codes, federal guidelines, environmental issues – there’s a litany of laws and parameters that seems never-ending.

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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

In his free time, Mike enjoys spending his time skiing, working on handyman projects and developing software for mobile and web applications.

Dependable Organized Resourceful

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Washburn University, Masters, Business
  • University of Kansas, B.S. Business Administration

Professional Practice

  • 2022 - present Wallace Saunders
  • 2001-2022 - Entz & Entz, P.A., managing partner
  • 1996-2001 - Entz & Chanay, P.A., attorney
  • 1994-1996 - Entz & Chanay, P.A., law clerk

Professional Accomplishments

  • 22 years as primary defense counsel for group funded Workers Compensation Pool consisting of 60 non-profit nursing homes together with third-party administration through Thomas McGee Group

  • Presenter and annual KING Workers Compensation Seminar 2008 to present

  • Litigation on behalf of family wronged by national building contractor for breach of contract and violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The claim involved construction deficiencies that destroyed the structural integrity of the structure along with subsequent deceptive acts. Jury verdict for the plaintiff, including an award for lost business revenue (family business) and attorney’s fees; verdict was confirmed by the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court proceedings much to the dismay of the Defendant who had boasted about having “never lost in court.”

  • Arbitration on behalf of real estate purchaser mislead by home inspector who attempted to hide behind a contractual limitation of liability provision that would have limited recovery to $568. Received arbitration award of $568, plus $9,196.50 in attorney fees, plus $60,000 to repair and stabilize a house with serious structural issues.

  • Worked for firm who acted as local counsel in litigation on behalf of State of Kansas against 5 tobacco companies. Helped formulated a legal argument leading to a court order requiring the tobacco companies to disclose thousands of documents that were withheld under a “joint defense privileged.” Kansas was the first and only state in the multi-state litigation to obtain a court order requiring disclosure of the highly sensitive document. The case settled soon thereafter for $262 Billion.

  • Litigation defending municipality against general contractor’s claim for an alleged $459,103.37 in additional costs for purported delay and impact damages in the new construction of water treatment plant. (Case settled; municipality paying contract balance less $72,000 for liquidated damages and no additional costs).

  • Litigation involving defense of general contractor on project involving design deficiencies that lead to negative building pressure and water infiltration.

  • Litigation against owner and architect to recover delay and impact costs associated with defective plans and specifications. Case involved architect, engineer and accounting experts to prove respective standards of care and damages for dispute involving 900+ RFIs and 600+ PCOs.

  • Litigation by against architect/construction manager for negligent and deficient accounting practices. Case involved an architect that contracted with owner as a construction manager. Due to negligently accounting, the CM exceeded a GMP contract with owner. Job-cost analysis of accounting records revealed the CM’s errors and confirmed liability to impacted contractors.

  • Litigation between general contractor and subcontractor involving delay and impact damages arising from problems encountered during directional drilling project for large gas pipeline.

Civic Activities

  • Heart of America Volleyball Region of USA Volleyball, Board Member, 2018 - present

News + Events + Alerts

AHA interviews Saint Luke’s Health System Chair, Wallace Saunders Attorney, Greg Bentz

Mr. Bentz spoke about the challenges and opportunities he sees for boards and the value provided by AHA Trustee Services.

Read the full interview here

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Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Wallace Saunders Attorneys

Together with Thomson Reuters—a global analyst of legal talent—we congratulate eight of our lawyers selected for inclusion in 2022 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers: James Sanders, Angela Clark, Tim Finnerty, Schalie Johnson, Kip Kubin, Bryan KellyKen Morton and Mark Ware. We especially recognize Mr. Sanders and Mr. Finnerty, both of whom have received this honor for 10 or more consecutive years and Mr. Kubin for 15 or more consecutive years. 

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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

Pittsburg, KS

By Appointment Only
402 North Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065

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