Practice Groups

Healthcare

Quick advisers and zealous defenders for healthcare-based institutions and individuals, the Healthcare Group at Wallace Saunders offers something few healthcare groups can – all of our lawyers have been with the group for an average of 20 years. So you know you’re getting experienced healthcare counsel with long-standing client relationships.    

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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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Product Liability

Understanding the nuances of Product Liability law and the significant exposure for clients involved in product litigation is a service not every firm can offer. Our experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers gives you the advantage of leveraging strategic planning with trial skills in this complex and dynamic area of law.     

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Professional Liability

Most professionals regularly handle situations where they cannot guarantee specific results for their clients or patients. This makes them vulnerable to professional liability lawsuits. Choosing the right attorney to defend such lawsuits is critical. Additionally, the best defense against professional liability claims begins before a claim ever gets filed.

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Personal

Rick is a huge sports fan and enjoys golf – or at least he owns clubs. Rick loves spending time with his six sisters and brothers and their children. He also enjoys being with his two sons and his grandson.

Conscientious Exuberant Hardworking

Education

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A.

Professional Practice

  • 1971-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1974-present: Partner
    • 1969-1971: Law Clerk
  • 1964-1969: Linde, Thomson, Van Dyke, Fairchild & Langworthy
    • Office Clerk
    • Assistant Officer Manager

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court 

Professional Accomplishments

  • Member National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Link to profile
  • Finalist for Johnson County District Court judge position, 1997 and 1999
  • 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Elected Member, 2011
  • Awarded the “Super Lawyers” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2006-2011, 2013-2014
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 30 years
  • Defense Attorney of the Year Award, AAOMS National Insurance Company, 2000
  • Continuing Excellence Award by OMSNIC, each presentation year since 2002

Civic Activities

  • Kansas Bar Association
    • Committee on Indigent Defendants
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Johnson County Bar Association
    • Past President and Treasurer
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Rockhurst High School Alumni Board
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church

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.

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.

To talk with one of our Best Lawyers® or learn more about how we can help you, please call one of our 5 offices or visit us here:

https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/wallace-saunders-chartered/overview/6417

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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