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 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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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: Railroad and Trucking

When it comes to trucking and railroading, our attorneys are with you from the start, emphasizing early response to losses. Our 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, railroading, and other transportation accidents and emergencies.

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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


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

Professional Practice

  • 2020 – present: Wallace Saunders
    • Partner
  • 2016 - 2019: 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

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognizes Eight Wallace Saunders Attorneys

Together with Thomson Reuters—a global analyst of legal talent—we congratulate eight of our lawyers selected for inclusion in 2019 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers: James Sanders, Brian Boos, Tim Finnerty, Schalie Johnson, Bryan Kelly, Rod Richardson, Mark Ware, and Ryan Weltz. We especially recognize Mr. Sanders, Mr. Finnerty, and Mr. Richardson, each of whom has received this honor for 10 or more consecutive years.

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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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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

Topeka, KS

By Appointment Only
2909 Southwest Maupin Lane
Topeka , KS 66614

P: 913.888.1000

F: 913.888.1065