After practicing law for 33 years, I retired from practicing full time in 2010. I now work as a civil litigation mediator, practice law on a limited basis, and provide legal, real estate, financial and other professional services on a project basis for area businesses when expertise is not available in-house or they simply need "an extra hand."
I am an approved mediator in both Missouri and Kansas. I am licensed to practice law in both states.
Before retiring, I practiced primarily in corporate, commercial and real estate litigation. My practice also included transactional commerical real estate, including purchase and sale transactions, leasing, financing, mechanics' liens, zoning, subdivision platting and development tax incentives. My work also included state and local government law following my service on the Kansas City, Missouri City Council in the 1980's and 1990's.
I am listed in The Best Lawyers in America, a national peer review designation. My peer-reviewed Martindale-Hubble rating is AV.
I was also a frequent writer and lecturer for continuing legal education seminars for lawyers on a wide variety of real estate topics. I no longer do this.
I have been active in civic affairs since the early 1980’s. I was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council and served from 1987 through 1995. While on the City Council, I served as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee. I served on the Mid-America Regional Council Board of Directors from 1987-95, co-chairing standing committees on metropolitan transportation funding and arts development.
I wrote and helped pass the Missouri/Kansas Bi-State Cultural District Interstate Compact. This provided a metro-wide sales tax used to restore Kansas City's 1914 Union Station train station and build the Science City museum.
Other activities include membership and leadership positions on a variety of civic panels and boards.