Stinson Leonard Street Adds Phares in Kansas City

Press ReleaseKarl R. Phares Joins the Firm's Real Estate Practice as an Associate

Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Karl R. Phares has joined the firm's Real Estate Division as an associate in the firm's Kansas City office.

Phares is one of nine attorneys who have joined Stinson Leonard Street since the Jan. 1, 2014 merger between Minneapolis-based Leonard, Street and Deinard and Kansas City, Mo.-based Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP.

Phares's real estate practice focuses on acquisition and leasing transactions, financial services and economic development incentives.

As a member of the firm's Real Estate Division, Phares joins a team of more than 100 attorneys and one of the largest and most experienced real estate practices in the Midwest. Stinson Leonard Street's attorneys serve as trusted counsel to innovative and prominent real estate projects both throughout the Midwest and the country. The firm's attorneys are also often asked to advise on real estate projects as local counsel by lenders and borrowers from across the U.S. that are seeking to leverage the firm's extensive contacts in the banking and real estate industries.

Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Phares worked as underwriting counsel for First American Title Insurance Company's National Commercial Services division in Kansas City, Mo. In that capacity, he served as the principal commercial underwriting resource for Kansas and Missouri and was responsible for handling local and national underwriting matters for commercial real estate transactions.

Phares has also been active in Kansas City area organizations. For example, he currently serves as treasurer and a board member for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section. He also serves as a steering committee member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's GenKC organization.

Phares received a J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2008. He earned an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Lake Forest College in 2004.

About Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides sophisticated transactional and litigation legal services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national and international public companies. As one of the 75 largest firms in the U.S., Stinson Leonard Street has more than 520 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, including Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Decatur, Ill.; Wichita and Overland Park, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and Bismarck, N.D.

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