Practice Groups

Insurance

Insurance issues can escalate from simple to complex quickly, and you need attorneys able to handle it all. With Wallace Saunders, you can rest assured the attorneys in our Insurance Practice Group have a command of insurance law and litigation. In fact, the firm was founded more than 50 years ago with insurance at the core of our practice.

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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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Personal

When not practicing law, you’ll likely find Russ on the golf course, traveling or catching a college football or basketball game.

Loyal Experienced Fair

Education

  • University of Missouri - Juris Doctor
  • Northeast Missouri State University - B.S.E.

Professional Practice

  • 1991 - 1994 Wallace Saunders
  • 1994 - 2000 Law Offices of Bradley McTavish
  • 2000 - 2005 Hardee & Peterson, LLC
  • 2005 - 2011 Peterson Law Offices, LLC
  • 2011 - 2014 American Family Insurance Company
  • 2014 - 2015 Nationwide lnsurance Companies
  • 2015 - 2016 CTC Transportation Insurance Services, LLC
  • 2016 - Present Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts Kansas and Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

  • CLE presenter for Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Association of Justice, Clay County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association
  • Former Jaycees Vice-President, President, and Chairman of the Board
  • Former Sportsmanship Director of The Football and Cheerleading Club of Johnson County
  • Former High School football, basketball and baseball official

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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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