Practice Groups

Business Litigation

Business litigation requires a unique blend of business-specific knowledge and litigation experience. Wallace Saunders has both the knowledge and the experience to protect and move your business forward. Our Business Litigation attorneys handle litigation matters across a broad spectrum of professions and industries. 

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Construction and Design

The world of construction is comprehensive, collaborative and highly detailed. The same can be said of our approach to construction law. Legal regulations, city and state codes, federal guidelines, environmental issues – there’s a litany of laws and parameters that seems never-ending.

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Insurance

Insurance issues can escalate from simple to complex quickly, and you need attorneys able to handle it all. With Wallace Saunders, you can rest assured the attorneys in our Insurance Practice Group have a command of insurance law and litigation. In fact, the firm was founded more than 50 years ago with insurance at the core of our practice.

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Litigation

Founded as a litigation firm in 1963, our attorneys carry on our tradition of substantial deposition and courtroom experience, with hands-on training that begins early in every attorney’s career. The litigation department is the largest practice area at Wallace Saunders, with more than half of our attorneys working under the Litigation Practice Area umbrella.

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Professional Liability

Most professionals regularly handle situations where they cannot guarantee specific results for their clients or patients. This makes them vulnerable to professional liability lawsuits. Choosing the right attorney to defend such lawsuits is critical. Additionally, the best defense against professional liability claims begins before a claim ever gets filed.

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Transportation and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and transportation, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our trucking and transportation attorneys are on call 24/7 to respond to serious accidents and emergencies by visiting accident scenes to gather and preserve evidence. This helps lay the groundwork for a careful investigation and vigorous claim defense. We have an established emergency response protocol, and will work with a team of accident reconstructionists, field investigators, and criminal defense attorneys, when needed, to immediately respond to trucking and other transportation accidents and emergencies.

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Personal

Married to Julie Kardis with four children, Tad’s hobby is running. It gives him the stamina and focus he needs. Espresso only goes so far. After turning 40, Tad discovered he loves the marathon distance. He boasts a PR of 3:09 and has twice won his age group at the Kansas City marathon. He follows the Cretan command: "reach for what you cannot."

Perceptive Relentless Engaging

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1995
  • University of Iowa, Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honors, 1992

Professional Practice

  • 2016 - present: Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel
  • 2014 - 2016: Schlee Huber, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Of Counsel
  • 2002 - 2014: Dougherty, Modin, Holloway & Kardis, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Partner
    • Associate
  • 1997 - 2002: Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson City, Missouri
    • Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Protection Division
    • Assistant Attorney General, Labor Division (Workers’ Compensation)
  • 1995 - 1997: Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Springfield, Missouri
    • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Kenneth W. Shrum

Professional Licensure

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Kansas, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2010
  • Pro hac vice admissions nationwide

Professional Accomplishments

  • Tad has written and argued numerous successful dispositive motions including summary judgment and class certification. His clients have prevailed on appeal with his assistance, including matters at the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri and Minnesota Courts of Appeals.

Civic Activities

  • Member, Meadow Lane School Site Support Council
  • Volunteer, Meadow Lane Watch D.O.G.S.
  • Deacon
  • Cub Scout Den Leader
  • Volunteer, YouthFriends
  • Youth Soccer Coach

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