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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Healthcare

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

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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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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Personal

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.

Education

  • 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

    July 1 Brings Change in Kansas Comp Rates

    In Missouri, the State Average Weekly Wage used to determine maximum workers’ compensation benefits between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 is $867.88. This SAWW produces a maximum weekly benefit rate of $911.27 for temporary total/permanent total disability and $477.33 for permanent partial disability. Also, as of July 1, 2016, the mileage allowance for travel expenses is 51 cents per mile.

    In Kansas, the maximum rate will be $627.00 for temporary total/permanent total disability and permanent partial disability on injuries occurring July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

    Whether it’s Kansas or Missouri, we have one of the largest and most experienced groups of full-time workers’ comp defense attorneys in the Midwest. A member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation group is standing by to answer your questions today.

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    New Rules On Overtime Eligibility

    Employees formerly exempt from the FLSA’s overtime pay requirements may become non-exempt after new regulations become effective later this year. The new regulations were drafted in an effort to increase the number of employees eligible for mandatory time-and-a half overtime pay.

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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