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

      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, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
      • 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 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
      • 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.
      • Presenter at 2016 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: Temporary Total Disability: When, When Not, & How Much?
      • Presenter at 2016 MoBar CLE: Personal Comfort Doctrine, Maximum Medical Improvement, & Future Medical Treatment: Recent Trends and Developments
      • Presenter at 2017 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Occupational Injury
      • Presenter at 2017 KCMBA Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute: Legislative Update
      • Presenter at 2019 Annual Kansas Workers Compensation Seminar: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Occupational Injury

         

        Civic Activities

        • Commissioner, Olathe Human Relations Commission 2018
        • Serves as a volunteer judge for local high school debate, forensics and student congress tournaments.

        News + Events + Alerts

        Wallace Saunders Honors KC’s Best at the AIA Design Excellence Awards #DEKC2019

        Wallace Saunders attorneys Mike Brown and Bryan Kelly recently attended the AIA Design Excellence Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri. Wallace Saunders is an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and our attorneys represent architects, engineers, and other design professionals from the corporate formation process, through contracts and project planning, and in any litigation which may arise in the construction and design fields. We were delighted to celebrate the best the Kansas City area design community had to offer in 2019, in categories spanning interior design, engineering, and architecture projects in commercial, public, and residential spaces.

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        Whopping Workers’ Comp Win for Weltz

        Partner Ryan Weltz seized victory for his client, a California-based workers’ compensation case manager, when the Kansas Supreme Court recently reversed the below court’s decision ordering it to pay a claimant’s $730,000 hospital bill. They key issue—as reported by Law360, which has been following the case—was if the courts could rewrite a 2011 state regulation dealing with the amount payable under the Kansas Fee Schedule. The state’s high court found that judges could not nullify legislatively approved regulations even if following them produces an arguably unintended consequence. The ruling protects the client from making any additional payment in the case.

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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

        Lee's Summit, MO

        By Appointment Only
        200 NE Missouri Road Suite 224
        Lee's Summit, MO 64086

        P: 816.251.4544

        F: 913.888.1065

        Kansas City, MO

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

        P: 816.448.3154

        F: 913.888.1065