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
  • Presenter at 2015 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar:
    • Work Disability Defenses

      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, and 2015
      • 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 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.

         

        Civic Activities

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

        News + Events + Alerts

        Merker Refocuses Practice on Mediations/Arbitrations

        Rick has a very good track record as a mediator and has been chosen by Plaintiff’s and Defense counsel because of his extensive trial practice of over 45 years. He is thorough and complete in the review of materials in advance of the mediation which is very helpful in creating an atmosphere which is comfortable for the parties and counsel. It is not uncommon for Judges to suggest him or appoint him in difficult cases. The rare combination of experience in court and a helpful demeanor is what is needed and successful. His rates are very reasonable.

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        Texas’ New Certificate of Interested Parties (Form 1295) – How do you comply?

        Does your Firm enter into contracts with governmental entities or state agencies in the state of Texas?  If so, then be prepared to determine if you must complete and file a Form 1295 the next time your Firm submits a contract for professional services to be signed by a governmental entity or state agency in the state of Texas.  If required to be filed, your contract cannot be approved until it is filed.

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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

        Kansas City, MO

        By Appointment Only
        2300 Main Street Suite 900
        Kansas City, MO 64108

        P: 816.448.3154

        F: 913.888.1065