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
  • 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

Missouri Expands Bad Faith Claims Against Primary Insurers

On December 9, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court rendered its decision in Scottsdale Insurance Company v. Addison Insurance Company, finding an excess insurer may pursue a claim against a primary insurer for bad faith refusal to settle under multiple theories of liability.

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Shook Joins Springfield Office

Wallace Saunders is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Shook as Of Counsel in our Springfield, Missouri office.   

Emily is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  She joins the firm with practice experience in the areas of insurance defense and governmental liability litigation.   Emily has substantial federal civil litigation experience, and has won summary judgment and dismissal in several significant federal cases.  She has also worked on multiple complex litigation matters that involved constitutional issues, numerous parties and allegations of damages in the tens of millions.  She is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, with a concentration on insurance defense litigation.  

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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

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