Practice Groups

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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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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Personal

When not practicing law, Bill enjoys a round or two of golf, almost as much as he appreciates spending family time with his wife Kitty, their two grown sons, and especially their twin grandchildren.

Capable Attentive Dauntless

Education

  • B.A., University of Kansas, 1969
  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1972

Professional Practice

  • 2016 - present: Wallace Saunders
    • Of Counsel
  • 1976 - 2016: private practice of law
  • 1973 - 1976: Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County, Kansas
  • 1972 - 1973: Assistant Attorney General, State of Kansas

Professional Licensure

  • 1972, Kansas, all state and federal courts
  • 1990, Missouri, all state courts and federal court for the Western District of Missouri

Professional Accomplishments

  • Elected to Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
  • Master Emeritus, Earl E. O’Connor Inns of Court
  • Faculty member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Trial Academy, Dallas Texas
  • Adjunct faculty member, University of Kansas Law School, teaching trial advocacy
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Regional Vice-President, National Executive Committee)
  • "AV” Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Civic Activities

Always willing to lend a helping hand, Bill regularly teaches trial advocacy to law students as an adjunct faculty member, University of Kansas Law School.

News + Events + Alerts

Our Operations in Response to the COVID-19 Situation

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be an extremely dynamic event, Wallace Saunders is actively monitoring the situation to minimize the impact on its employees, clients, and our local communities. Currently, we have not experienced any significant disruption of our essential operations, but rest assured that we are taking appropriate steps to ensure that our resources and technology are in place to support our critical processes so we may continue providing excellent service to our clients.

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Review of Potential COVID-19 Liability of Employers in Workers’ Compensation

INTRODUCTION

Currently, the United States is experiencing more and more individuals testing positive for the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. One question an employer might have is whether or not they may be liable under workers’ compensation if one of their employees contracts the virus. Our firm has reviewed Missouri and Kansas law to determine possible defenses that could be raised should a claim be brought regarding COVID-19.

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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

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

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