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

    Merker Refocuses Practice on Mediations/Arbitrations

    Rick has a very good track record as a mediator and has been chosen by Plaintiff’s and Defense counsel because of his extensive trial practice of over 45 years. He is thorough and complete in the review of materials in advance of the mediation which is very helpful in creating an atmosphere which is comfortable for the parties and counsel. It is not uncommon for Judges to suggest him or appoint him in difficult cases. The rare combination of experience in court and a helpful demeanor is what is needed and successful. His rates are very reasonable.

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    Texas’ New Certificate of Interested Parties (Form 1295) – How do you comply?

    Does your Firm enter into contracts with governmental entities or state agencies in the state of Texas?  If so, then be prepared to determine if you must complete and file a Form 1295 the next time your Firm submits a contract for professional services to be signed by a governmental entity or state agency in the state of Texas.  If required to be filed, your contract cannot be approved until it is filed.

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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