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

        July 1 Brings Change in Kansas Comp Rates

        In Missouri, the State Average Weekly Wage used to determine maximum workers’ compensation benefits between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 is $867.88. This SAWW produces a maximum weekly benefit rate of $911.27 for temporary total/permanent total disability and $477.33 for permanent partial disability. Also, as of July 1, 2016, the mileage allowance for travel expenses is 51 cents per mile.

        In Kansas, the maximum rate will be $627.00 for temporary total/permanent total disability and permanent partial disability on injuries occurring July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

        Whether it’s Kansas or Missouri, we have one of the largest and most experienced groups of full-time workers’ comp defense attorneys in the Midwest. A member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation group is standing by to answer your questions today.

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        Transportation + Employment + Product Liability Practice Groups Expand

        Sparked by recent business trends, we’re pleased to announce the addition of five lawyers:

        Jason Janoski—formerly with an LA-based Am Law 50 law firm—joins the Wallace Saunders employment law practice group in Wichita

        Tad Kardis and Kelvin Fisher bring 30 years of combined experience to the firm’s transportation and trucking practice group in Overland Park.

        And if your matter involves products liability or requires deep litigation experience, you can count on Katie O’Shea and Russ Peterson to handle your needs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond.

        Contact any one of these or our nearly 50 other lawyers today, and let us show you how Wallace Saunders can “Partner with You.”

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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