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

Wallace Saunders Elects New Managing Partner

Kevin Weakley has been elected to serve as the new Managing Partner for Wallace Saunders Law Firm effective May 1, 2018. Mr. Weakley graduated with honors from Baker University in 1991, and has been in private practice since 1994, after he earned his law degree from the University of Kansas. He is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and also before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Weakley is an active member of the Johnson County Bar Association and KCMBA. His practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury defense. Mr. Weakley succeeds Mark McKinzie who served as Managing Partner for nearly 20 years. Mr. McKinzie will return to the full time practice of law. His practice focuses on Estate Planning, Corporate and Real Estate matters.

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Firm Recognized as 50 Year Charter Member of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

Four years before the Chamber was established, K.B. Wallace entered law practice with Frank Saunders, Jr., occupying a small office above the John Francis Restaurant in downtown Overland Park. They represented six insurance companies in Johnson County and went into competition with 141 active Johnson County attorneys.

Over the years, the firm evolved into Walllace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs, Chartered. Today, it is simply Wallace Saunders with offices in Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita and Springfield, Mo.

Saunders was a Chamber Chairman in 1977. Managing Partner Mark McKinzie was Chamber Chairman in 1997 and he continues to lead the Chamber Foundation.

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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

Kansas City, MO

By Appointment Only
2300 Main Street Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64108

P: 816.448.3154

F: 913.888.1065