Practice Groups

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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Quick advisers and zealous defenders for healthcare-based institutions and individuals, the Healthcare Group at Wallace Saunders offers something few healthcare groups can – all of our lawyers have been with the group for an average of 20 years. So you know you’re getting experienced healthcare counsel with long-standing client relationships.    

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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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Product Liability

Understanding the nuances of Product Liability law and the significant exposure for clients involved in product litigation is a service not every firm can offer. Our experience representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers gives you the advantage of leveraging strategic planning with trial skills in this complex and dynamic area of law.     

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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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In his leisure time, Mr. Finnerty has employed his private pilot’s license for recreation and business. He enjoys sport-tour motorcycling and has recently taken that hobby to Europe exploring portions of the Balkan peninsula.


  • Wichita State University magna cum laude
  • The University of Kansas School of Law

Professional Practice

  • 1995-present: Partner, Wallace Saunders
  • Mr. Finnerty began his legal career as claims counsel for a global company specializing in aerospace insurance pools and manufacturer’s product liability coverage.
  • Later entered private practice, providing advice and assistance to aviation-related clients and embarking on a career-long pursuit of defending vendors and manufacturers and their insurance carriers against product liability claims.

Professional Licensure

  • Trial and appellate courts of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Accomplishments

  • Missouri/Kansas “Super Lawyer” as designated by Law and Politics and Kansas City Magazine
  • Defense Research Institute, State representative 2004-2007
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Past President and Board Member since 2012

Civic Activities

  • Hospice, Inc., Board Member and Chairman, ConnectCare
  • Wichita Community Clinical AIDS Program, Inc., Past President and Board Member
  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Chair of Development Committee; Member, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees

News + Events + Alerts

Michael J. Dutton (1951-2015)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and partner, Michael Dutton. Mr. Dutton’s career with Wallace Saunders spanned over 30 years. Among his many contributions to the firm and his profession, Mr. Dutton tried over 100 jury trials to verdict and either argued or was on the brief in dozens of appeals.

More importantly, Mr. Dutton was a mentor to countless lawyers, giving them professional guidance and encouragement in his inimitable steady and humble way. All who worked with Mr. Dutton, whether inside or outside the firm, doubtless benefitted from the experience. He will be sorely missed.

In Mr. Dutton’s memory, the firm suggests a contribution to Habitat for Humanity Kansas City——or another charitable organization of your choice.

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$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor

Interested in protecting the dollars and cents your firm works so hard to earn? Then, read “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” presented by our Design Professionals Practice Group. We will share with you the risk management of “actual” contract provisions we often encounter. We think many of the contract provisions we will explore will leave you, as they did us, perplexed, dumbfounded and/or scratching your collective heads as to the purpose of the contract provision and/or the effect of the contract provision. Our goal with “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” is to help identify contract provisions that can reduce your firm’s bottom-line, offer ways to protect your firm’s pocketbook and, most of all, provide some thought-provoking and hopefully entertaining content. So, without further ado, here is this edition of “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor”.

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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

901 St. Louis Street Suite 702
Springfield, MO 65806

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