Practice Groups


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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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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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


  • 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

Arising out of Employment Simplified: Atkins v. Webcon

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.

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AMA Guides, 6th Edition Found to be Unconstitutional as Applied to Pardo

Kansas Court of Appeals Rules the 6th Edition of The AMA Guides is Unconstitutional as to Francisco Pardo

On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals published its decision in Francisco Pardo v. UPS. This case had been the subject of great scrutiny, as the issues raised challenged the very constitutionality of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

Mr. Pardo suffered a rotator cuff injury in 2013 in a work-related accident. In March 2015, he injured the same shoulder in a separate work-related accident. The second injury was not related to the first injury and involved a different part of the rotator cuff than was previously injured.

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