Practice Groups

Workers' Compensation

Backed by 50 years of successfully defending the largest insurance companies in the country, the Workers’ Compensation Group at Wallace Saunders prides itself on personal service – when you hire a partner in the group, you get that partner. And you get a no-nonsense approach to defending employers in the area of workers’ compensation.

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Personal

After a long day in the courtroom, Ryan relaxes with a night in the kitchen. He’s an avid cook. Ask him about his specialties, but don’t expect him to share any of his secret recipes.

Funny Genuine Frugal

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Representative, Regional Moot Court Tournament, 2006
    • First-Place Award in Moot Court Tournament, 2005
    • Second-Place Oralist Award in Moot Court Tournament, 2005
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., American History
    • Recipient, Harley S. Nelson Scholarship
    • University of Kansas Mount Oread Scholar and Philip Anschutz Scholar
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Most Outstanding New Member, 2000

Professional Practice

  • 2006-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 2013: Partner
  • 2004-2006: Douglas County Legal Aid Society
    • 2004-2005: Law Clerk
    • 2005-2006: Legal Intern

      Professional Licensure

      • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri
      • U.S. Federal District Court of Kansas

      Professional Accomplishments

      • Was awarded the “Rising Stars” designation for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
      • Has successfully briefed and argued cases before the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals
      • Prepared legislative and appellate updates for existing and potential clients regarding recent developments in workers’ compensation law
      • Contributor, Kansas Bar Association Workers Compensation Handbook, 5th Edition, Heart Attacks, Strokes and Psychological Injuries
      • Presenter at the 2014 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: 6th Edition AMA Guide, Concepts, Methodology, and Examples
      • Presenter of continuing education lecture through the CEU Institute: Calculating Impairment Rating
      • Presenter at 2015 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: Work Disability Defenses
      • Presenter for Missouri Bar CLE Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute, “Personal Comfort Doctrine, Maximum Medical Improvement, and Future Medical Treatment, Recent Trends and Developments.” May 13, 2016.
      • Presenter at 2016 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: Temporary Total Disability: When, When Not, & How Much?
      • Presenter at 2016 MoBar CLE: Personal Comfort Doctrine, Maximum Medical Improvement, & Future Medical Treatment: Recent Trends and Developments
      • Presenter at 2017 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Occupational Injury
      • Presenter at 2017 KCMBA Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute: Legislative Update

         

        Civic Activities

        • Commissioner, Olathe Human Relations Commission 2018
        • Serves as a volunteer judge for local high school debate, forensics and student congress tournaments.

        News + Events + Alerts

        Preston and Confer join Firm.

        Michael Preston and Christopher Confer—lawyers with deep experience in the law of transportation and trucking—have become of Counsel to Wallace Saunders. Says managing partner, Kevin Weakley: “Mike and Chris are immensely talented lawyers, who already have a track record of success for clients and will further expand the firm’s strength across the Midwest.”

        Beyond representing railroads and commercial motor carriers, Preston and Confer will also handle other hefty civil litigation, including the defense of matters involving professional liability and product liability among other things.

        “When you get to know Mike and Chris like we do, you’ll be glad they are Partners with you,” added Weakley.

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        Wallace Saunders Ranked for Ability, Professionalism, and Integrity.

        For over fifty-five years, Wallace Saunders has provided superior legal services to its clients across the Midwest. Yet, our core philosophy —“Partners with you,” hasn’t changed. Today, Wallace Saunders is proud to say that it is regionally ranked in 6 practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms, and with this elite designation comes a renewed commitment to be the diverse and inclusive law firm that our clients can count on for years to come. We offer a no-nonsense approach to handling business transactions, civil litigation, and worker’s compensation defense to our corporate, insurance and individual clients. We build client relationships that reflect our Midwest values, and our collaborative, respectful approach attracts and retains the kind of legal talent you want to have on your side. From the boardroom to the courtroom, we leverage our deep industry knowledge and experience to help identify the issues up front, in order to secure the best possible outcome.

        To talk with one of our Best Lawyers® or learn more about how we can help you, please call one of our 5 offices or visit us here:

        https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/wallace-saunders-chartered/overview/6417

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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