Michael R. Wallace

Michael R. Wallace

Partner
Location:
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Phone:
913-624-3774
Fax:
913-362-4244
Email:

Michael R. Wallace is proud to have devoted his entire legal career representing injured workers and their families. Mike paid his way through undergraduate and law school while working on the assembly fine at the General Motors Fairfax Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. He has been practicing workers' compensation and personal injury law in Kansas for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1976. He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, graduating in 1980. After passing his bar exam that same year, he retired from General Motors and began practicing law. Since that time, he has been representing auto workers on both sides of the state line for 34 years.

He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America for the past 18 years. He has been honored as a Best Lawyer of Kansas City by Ingram's and annually in Super Lawyers of Missouri and Kansas, as well as being selected as one of the Top 100 Injured Workers' Attorneys by The Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group. His law firm has also been recognized as one of the best law firms by US News & World Report.

Mike is a member of The American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He is a sustaining member of The Kansas Association for Justice (formerly The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association), The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group. He is a charter member of the Board of Governors and State Captain for the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group. He is a Fellow in the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers. He is also a member of the American, Kansas, Johnson and Wyandotte County Bar Associations.

Mike has served as an officer in both The Kansas Association for Justice and The American Association for Justice.  He has held numerous offices in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, including Chair of the Workers Compensation and Workplace Injury Section in 1991-1992, and as the ATLA Governor for the State of Kansas. He also serves as a Special Administrative Law Judge in the State of Kansas.

Mike has authored various publications on workers compensation. He has presented lectures for the Kansas Division of Workers' Compensation's and the Kansas Bar Association. He has made presentations on workers compensation law at various medical seminars, including presentations at the University of Kansas Hospital and Spelman Memorial Hospital. He has lectured at the KTLA Southern CLE in Cancun, Mexico, and co-chaired various workers compensation seminars.

Mike was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. His passion for representing injured workers began while "working the line" at General Motors. He is deeply indebted to the many co-workers who helped him while he was attending school. It is a debt that he attempts to repay daily by providing the highest quality legal representation to those same workers on a case by case basis. Mike and his wife, Mary, reside in Stilwell, Kansas. He is an active member in his church. He enjoys spending free time chasing his four grandchildren from event to event.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1980

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1980
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Education

Published Works

  • Attorney Fees in Workers' Compensation - The North Wind is Beginning to Blow, KTLA Journal, Vol. II, No. 3, 1988
  • New KSA 44-503(g): Has the Immunity Windfall for Statutory Employers Been Curtailed, KTLA Journal, Vol. XXIII No. 6, 14, 2000

Classes/Seminars

  • Recent Developments in Workers' Compensation, Kansas Bar Association, 1987
  • Employee's at Risk: Workers' Compensation Under the New Law, 1988
  • Ethics Under the New Workers Compensation Act, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Kansas Division of Workers Compensation Annual Seminars
  • Guest Lecturer and Advisory Panei Discussion Member, University of Kansas Hospital/Spelman Memorial Hospital
  • People's Law School, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1999 - 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers of Kansas City - Ingrams, 2014
  • Best Law Firms - US News & World Report, 2012 - 2014
  • Super Lawyers of Kansas and Missouri
  • The Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group - Top 100, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Special Administrative Law Judge, 2003 - Present
  • College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Fellow, 2010 - Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2014 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association, Member
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Sustaining Member
  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Charter Member/Board of Directors, 1995 - Present
  • Kansas Inn of Court, Charter Executive Committee Member, 1992 - 1993
  • ATLA Workers' Compensation Committee, Chairman, 1991 - 1992
  • ATLA Workers' Compensation Section, Vice-Chairman, 1990 - 1991
  • ATLA Workers' Compensation Section, National Secretary, 1989 - 1990
  • Workers' Compensation Editor, KTLA Journal, 1987 - 1988
  • Workers' Compensation Editor, KTLA Journal , 1988 - 1989
  • KTLA Workers' Compensation Committee, Chairman, 1987 - 1988
  • KTLA Workers' Compensation Committee, Chairman, 1988 - 1989
  • Kansas State ATLA Delegate
  • ATLA State Legislative Outreach Committee, Member, 1999
  • ATLA Speakers Bureau/Peoples Law School Committee, Member, 1999

Past Employment Positions

  • General Motor Corporation, Auto Worker, 1968 - 1980