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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Corporate

The Wallace Saunders Corporate Practice group focuses on three primary areas: entity formation, operations guidance and assisting in the sale of your business.

Accurate entity formation can have a major impact on your liability exposure as well as substantial tax consequences. It’s important to have appropriate control features in the establishing documents for your entity to ensure your ability to run your company in the manner you see fit.     

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Design Professionals

Architects, engineers, construction managers, licensed site professionals and their firms have long relied on the Design Professionals Group at Wallace Saunders for comprehensive legal services. Our experienced team can handle any legal need that may arise, including regulatory and professional liability claims, advice concerning professional liability insurance, and representation in fee and contractual disputes with clients. Our highly experienced trial lawyers have represented clients in jury and nonjury cases, in both state and federal courts across the country.    

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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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Real Estate

Companies, municipalities, real estate developers and individuals have all called on Wallace Saunders for assistance with various types of commercial, residential, multifamily and land development projects.    

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Personal

Rod and his wife, Pam, live on a southern Johnson County, Kansas mini-ranch. Over the years they have raised Clydesdale draft horses and many other breeds. One of Rod’s favorite hobbies is talking to fellow ham radio operators around the world.

Erudite Involved Zealous

Education

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, Juris Doctor
  • St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford, England, B.S., British Legal Systems Studies
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A., Political Science
    • Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society

Professional Practice

  • 1974-present: Wallace Saunders
  • 1979-present: Partner
    • Senior member: Construction and Design, Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups

Professional Licensure

  •  Licensed to practice in and member of the bars of:
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
    • State of Kansas Trial and Appellate Courts
    • State of Missouri Trial and Appellate Courts

Professional Accomplishments

  • President: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Management/Accountability Committees at Wallace Saunders
  • Practice Group Chair: Business and Construction Practice Groups at Wallace Saunders
  • KCMBA President’s Award for Service to the Kansas City Bar
  • Designations as: Super Lawyer, Top Attorney, Best of the Bar (current)
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Bar Foundation Boards: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Johnson Country Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar: Special Committee for Veterans Affairs
  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator (Construction)
  • Contributing Author: Kansas Construction Law Handbook
  • Contributing Author: Kansas Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook

     

    Civic Activities

    • Leadership Overland Park Graduate
    • Kansas City Area Economic Development Council
    • Overland Park Economic Development Council
    • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
    • Shawnee Mission Medical Center Long-Range Planning Committee
    • Chair Johnson County Fire District #2
    • Chair Johnson County Planning Board
    • 1st Johnson County 20-year Strategic Vision Committee
    • 2nd Johnson County 20-year Strategic Vision Committee
    • Johnson County Charter Commission
    • Johnson County Charter Review Committee
    • Public Works Infrastructure Task Force
    • Bi-State Tax Task Force
    • Mid-America Regional Council Partnership Advisory Board (S. Metro)

    News + Events + Alerts

    Is Missouri’s “no pay, no play” law on its way out?

    The Jackson County Circuit Court recently found that Missouri’s “no pay, no play” law is unconstitutional as applied to common law damages claims based on negligence. Under § 303.390, uninsured motorists waive the ability to collect for non-economic loss against an insured motorist due to a motor vehicle accident in which the insured driver is alleged to be at fault.

    In striking down defendant’s affirmative defense based on § 303.390 RSMo., the trial court applied Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, 376 S.W.3d 633, 637 (Mo. banc 2012), finding that the 1820 Missouri Constitution permitted recovery of non-economic damages without restriction. Thus, the Circuit Court concluded that § 303.390 amounts to an unconstitutional infringement on the right to trial by jury. An appeal seems likely.

    For more information on this or other insurance matters click here. And if you’d like to speak with a member of our insurance practice group today, contact Kelvin Fisher.

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    Missouri Motions for Summary Judgment - More “Elementary” Than Ever Now

    Recently, a Missouri court sent a slip and fall case to trial because defense counsel did not set out “elements facts” in their summary judgment motion. Custer v. Wal-Mart Stores East I, LP, 492 S.W.3d 212, 215 (Mo. Ct. App. S.D. 2016). The plaintiff testified she felt an onion or lettuce leaf under her foot, which caused her to slip. In response, defense counsel pointed out plaintiff testified in her deposition she had not actually seen the offending produce. Unfortunately for the defendant, the court ruled this was not enough.

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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

    Kansas City, MO

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

    P: 816.448.3154

    F: 913.888.1065