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 and 2017
      • 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

         

        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

        Arising out of Employment Simplified: Atkins v. Webcon

        On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Webcon and signaled an important change for determining whether accidents that occur while workers are out of town for employment-related purposes are compensable.

        The relevant facts of the case are that the claimant and others were required to travel and stay in Enid, Oklahoma on a construction project. They took a company vehicle and their accommodations were provided by the employer. The hotel in which claimant and other co-workers were staying, though, was without a hotel bar. Claimant ventured across the street and went to a hotel that did have a hotel bar. He stayed until past two in the morning before attempting to cross the street to his hotel. Unfortunately, he was struck by a car driven by an intoxicated driver and sustained severe injuries.

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        AMA Guides, 6th Edition Found to be Unconstitutional as Applied to Pardo

        Kansas Court of Appeals Rules the 6th Edition of The AMA Guides is Unconstitutional as to Francisco Pardo

        On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals published its decision in Francisco Pardo v. UPS. This case had been the subject of great scrutiny, as the issues raised challenged the very constitutionality of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

        Mr. Pardo suffered a rotator cuff injury in 2013 in a work-related accident. In March 2015, he injured the same shoulder in a separate work-related accident. The second injury was not related to the first injury and involved a different part of the rotator cuff than was previously injured.

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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