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, bred and shown Samoyed Dogs and traveled extensively. Rod’s favorite hobbies include Amateur Radio operations, snow skiing and his continuing efforts to create an arboretum at their ranch.

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
  • 2016-present: Of Counsel
  • 1979-2016: 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
  • Wallace Saunders: Management/Accountability Committees
  • Wallace Saunders: Practice Group Chair - Business and Construction/Design Practice Groups
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association: President’s Award for Service to the Kansas City Bar
  • Designated as: Super Lawyer; Avvo.com Top Rated Lawyers; KC Business Journal’s Best of the Bar; Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent; Martindale Hubble Judicial Edition AV Preeminent; Americas Most Honored Professionals; Martindale Hubble 45-year Community Service Recognition; Lawyers.com AV Preeminent; St. Louis Post Dispatch Top Missouri Lawyers; Top Attorneys Missouri and Kansas
  • 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

    Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Eight Wallace Saunders Attorneys

    Together with Thomson Reuters—a global analyst of legal talent—we congratulate eight of our lawyers selected for inclusion in 2019 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers: James Sanders, Brian Boos, Tim Finnerty, Schalie Johnson, Bryan Kelly, Rod Richardson, Mark Ware, and Ryan Weltz. We especially recognize Mr. Sanders, Mr. Finnerty, and Mr. Richardson, each of whom has received this honor for 10 or more consecutive years.

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    Wallace Saunders Honors KC’s Best at the AIA Design Excellence Awards #DEKC2019

    Wallace Saunders attorneys Mike Brown and Bryan Kelly recently attended the AIA Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. Wallace Saunders is an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and our attorneys represent architects, engineers, and other design professionals from the corporate formation process, through contracts and project planning, and in any litigation which may arise in the construction and design fields. We were delighted to celebrate the best the Kansas City area design community had to offer in 2019, in categories spanning interior design, engineering, and architecture projects in commercial, public, and residential spaces.

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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