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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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


  • 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

      Civic Activities

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

      News + Events + Alerts

      Michael J. Dutton (1951-2015)

      It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and partner, Michael Dutton. Mr. Dutton’s career with Wallace Saunders spanned over 30 years. Among his many contributions to the firm and his profession, Mr. Dutton tried over 100 jury trials to verdict and either argued or was on the brief in dozens of appeals.

      More importantly, Mr. Dutton was a mentor to countless lawyers, giving them professional guidance and encouragement in his inimitable steady and humble way. All who worked with Mr. Dutton, whether inside or outside the firm, doubtless benefitted from the experience. He will be sorely missed.

      In Mr. Dutton’s memory, the firm suggests a contribution to Habitat for Humanity Kansas City——or another charitable organization of your choice.

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      $urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor

      Interested in protecting the dollars and cents your firm works so hard to earn? Then, read “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” presented by our Design Professionals Practice Group. We will share with you the risk management of “actual” contract provisions we often encounter. We think many of the contract provisions we will explore will leave you, as they did us, perplexed, dumbfounded and/or scratching your collective heads as to the purpose of the contract provision and/or the effect of the contract provision. Our goal with “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” is to help identify contract provisions that can reduce your firm’s bottom-line, offer ways to protect your firm’s pocketbook and, most of all, provide some thought-provoking and hopefully entertaining content. So, without further ado, here is this edition of “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor”.

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