Congratulations to our Law Partner, Kevin Johnson, on being named Chair of the Workers' Compensation Law Committee for the Missouri Bar!
On July 10, 2019, Governor Parson signed Missouri Senate Bill 7 into law. Missouri joinder rules previously allowed non-resident plaintiffs to bring claims by joining a single resident in the lawsuit. However, the new Rules will significantly limit that opportunity.
On July 10, 2019, Governor Parson signed Missouri Senate Bill 224 into law. Effective August 28, 2019, this Bill will change the Missouri Supreme Court Rules, specifically in relation to discovery. These new Rules have been adjusted to more closely resemble the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The following is a brief summary highlighting the most important additions.
Effective July 29, 2019, e-filers in Kansas must select a checkbox next to a “Certificate of Compliance”. The document will not be filed unless this checkbox is selected. Selecting this box means you are in compliance with rules governing the e-filing system used by that court.
A press release has been published announcing the selection of Brian Boos as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. The top 100 qualifying high stakes litigation attorneys from each state are considered, meaning less than one-half percent of active attorneys will receive this honor. Congratulations, Brian!
Tim Finnerty was published in the KADC 2019 Kansas Defense Journal Volume 2. His article, “Hilburn: An Analysis of the Case and a Prediction for Further Erosion of the Caps,” explores the outcome of the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to strike down longstanding caps on non-economic damages. Finnerty offers background as to why this issue is important and what this change could imply for the future.
Robyn Butler and Kelvin Fisher had the opportunity to attend DRI’s Diversity for Success Seminar June 19-21, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.
Wallace Saunders joins the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and participates in the Sixth Annual LCLD Summit
The Sixth Annual Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Summit was held June 24-25 at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. Kevin Weakley, Managing Partner, attended this event, which included industry leading speakers and group breakout sessions with other legal professionals.
Eric Van Beber to present at Harmonie Group's 2019 Construction, NextGen, and Transportation Seminar
Eric Van Beber will speak at the Harmonie Group’s 2019 Construction, NextGen & Transportation Seminar in Oak Brook, IL on Thursday, July 18. He will present on the topic of “Waiver of Subrogation in Construction Contracts” at 10:10 a.m. For more information, please visit https://www.harmonie.org/seminar-2019.
Rick Merker, our colleague and friend, has retired from the firm after 50 years of superlative service to clients and the legal community. But retirement won’t last long—Merker Mediation begins July 1, 2019.
Brian Boos and Kelvin Fisher collaborated on the article "In-Concert Liability Claims": One of the More Difficult Pitfalls for Lawyers to See and Avoid when Representing a Client Who May Have a Legal Relationship with a Non-Client. This piece can be found in the June 2019 issue of the IADC Professional Liability Newsletter.
On June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down the State’s longstanding caps on non-economic damages, finding that the statute limiting such damages intrudes upon the jury's determination of the compensation owed personal injury plaintiffs to redress their injuries.
Wallace Saunders will host a CLE presented by Bill Coates on Thursday, June 27, 2019. "Taking on the Adverse Expert: Pre-Trial, Trial, and the Ethics Considerations Involved" will begin at 12 p.m. in the Saunders Conference Room.
To register for this CLE, please contact our receptionist at 913-888-1000.
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.
For over fifty-five years, Wallace Saunders has provided superior legal services to its clients across the Midwest. Yet, our core philosophy —“Partners with you,” hasn’t changed. 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 diverse and inclusive law firm that our clients can count on for years to come. We offer a no-nonsense approach to handling business transactions, civil litigation, and worker’s compensation defense to our corporate, insurance and individual clients. We build client relationships that reflect our Midwest values, and our collaborative, respectful approach attracts and retains the kind of legal talent you want to have on your side. From the boardroom to the courtroom, we leverage our deep industry knowledge and experience to help identify the issues up front, in order to secure the best possible outcome.
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Super Lawyers Magazine announced that ten attorneys from Wallace Saunders have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters organization, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
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.