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.

read more

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

Civic Activities

  • Serves as a volunteer judge for local high school debate, forensics and student congress tournaments.

News + Events + Alerts

Rick Merker Celebrates 45 Years

This past year Rick Merker celebrated his 45th year at Wallace Saunders.  He took time to reflect on his 45 years at the firm ~ a career that began as a law clerk the second semester of his first year of law school.  Rick’s introduction to the legal field occurred much earlier, however.  At age 18, while in undergraduate school, Rick took his first job in the legal field as a runner for a downtown law firm for $1.10 an hour to help his family financially after his father had passed away.  The same sense of dedication, integrity, and passion has remained the hallmark of Rick’s practice at Wallace Saunders.  

read more

Comparative Fault and Choice of Law - Rider v. YMCA

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently issued an opinion in Rider v. Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Kansas City, Case No. WD76680 (Mo. App. W.D. Jan. 13, 2015), which addresses the burden of proof for a defendant to assert a comparative fault defense in slip-and-fall cases.  The Missouri Court of Appeals also refused to apply the Kansas cap on non-economic damages even though the incident giving rise to the litigation occurred in Kansas. 

read more

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

901 St. Louis Street Suite 702
Springfield, MO 65806

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