Practice Groups

Employment

The ever-changing landscape of human resources law is dizzying. It can be difficult for any HR team or business owner to keep pace. Whether your HR department is small, large or transitioning, the Employment Practice Group at Wallace Saunders works in tight cooperation with you. We take pride in partnership, collaborating closely to provide legal representation and counsel in a capacity that best serves your needs.    

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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

Steve is devoted to his family and has been involved with his kids’ activities from their earliest years. He actually volunteered so much while his kids were involved in high school sports that he became an honorary letterman.

Bright Dedicated Friendly

Education

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Arizona State University, B.S.

Professional Practice

  • 1992-present: Wallace Saunders
    • 1997-present: Partner
  • 1989-1992: City of Wichita, Kansas
    • Assistant City Attorney
  • 1987-1989: Office of the Court Trustee of the Eighteenth Judicial District
    • Deputy Court Trustee
  • 1985-1987: Private Law Practice
    • Attorney/Sole Practitioner
  • 1985: City of Wichita, Kansas
    • City Prosecutor

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Professional Accomplishments

  • Successfully defended and represented clients through taking the depositions of the claimant, claimant’s expert and proceeding to trial if needed
  • Frequent presenter at seminar and client events on a wide range of topics dealing with workers’ compensation law in Kansas

Civic Activities

  • Frequent speaker on Kansas workers’ compensation issues
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Wichita Bar Association

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