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

    Good Things Come in Threes

    Litigation has long been a cornerstone of our law firm, and we’ve recently joined forces with three of the best litigators we know—Bill Coates, Leo Logan, and Trey Windham.

    Formerly Coates & Logan, Bill and Leo bring unparalleled legal talent and depth of experience to the firm’s already solid roster of over 30 lawyers whose practice emphasizes civil litigation. But that’s not all. In Trey, we’ve gained a lawyer whose fresh perspective inspires confidence in colleagues and clients alike.

    Click here to contact our Overland Park office or, better yet, call Trey, Leo, or Bill to learn how they can become “Partners with you.”

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    Kansas Increases Minimum PD Liability Limits, Requires Future Studies

    The Governor recently approved H.B. 2446, increasing the required minimum motor vehicle insurance liability limit for property damage. Effective January 1, 2017, every policy of motor vehicle liability insurance issued or renewed in Kansas must contain stated limits of liability, exclusive of interest and costs, not less than $25,000 because of harm to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.

    This new law also requires, beginning in 2026 and not less than every 10 years afterwards, a legislative interim study committee to study the issue whether the minimum per person-per accident limits of liability for bodily injury or death should be adjusted.

    Whether you’re confronted with a personal auto liability matter, or a complex commercial auto or common carrier claim, John Ross and the trucking and transportation practice group are here for you.

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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