Todd LaSala Selected to American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Todd LaSala, a partner in the Kansas City office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, has been elected to be a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the premier organization of real estate practitioners whose members are selected by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. With LaSala's addition, Stinson Leonard Street has six ACREL Fellows.
ACREL consists of less than 1,000 Fellows, all of whom focus on real estate law. The organization selects a small number of Fellows each year through nominations offered by current ACREL members. An ACREL member cannot nominate a client or lawyer from his or her own law firm. To be eligible for nomination, a lawyer must have been active in the practice of real estate law for at least 10 years, and must demonstrate the highest level of skill, client commitment, integrity and commitment to the community.
LaSala is one of only 40 real estate lawyers in the U.S. invited to be an ACREL Fellow in 2014. He becomes one of only 23 members practicing in the state of Missouri. LaSala is first new Fellow selected from Missouri since 2009.
LaSala joins Stinson Leonard Street lawyers Joseph Finley, David Frantze, Catherine (Kate) Hauber, David Kelley and Michael O'Flaherty, who are ACREL Fellows and partners in the firm's Real Estate Division.
"Todd's selection to ACREL is a major achievement for him professionally because it signals he is respected by others who are themselves among the top real estate lawyers in the U.S.," said Frantze, co-chair of Stinson Leonard Street’s Real Estate Division. "We are grateful to ACREL and its members for taking the time to recognize not only Todd's skill and integrity as a practitioner, but his commitment to the community and clients as well."
LaSala's recent projects include several high profile real estate developments in the Kansas City area. He served as lead counsel to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. and the Board of Public Utilities in their successful effort to be selected by Google to become the first U.S. city to have Google Fiber, Google's gigabit-speed Internet service. LaSala led the Unified Government and BPU negotiating team, completing a first-of-its-kind development agreement with Google.
LaSala had a key role in the firm’s representation of the Unified Government in its development of Village West, the retail and entertainment district next to Kansas Speedway. LaSala also represented the Unified Government in the development of a new $165 million stadium for the Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer franchise and the development of a 600,000-square-foot, class A office campus for Cerner Corporation.
"I am most appreciative to be part of a special organization whose members are respected, capable practitioners," said LaSala. "ACREL's shows its commitment to the practice of real estate law and the real estate industry in so many ways, all of which benefit clients who rely on legal counsel to address real estate issues."
LaSala is one of a select handful of attorneys in Kansas City who have been accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
In addition to practicing law, LaSala is active several Kansas City civic and charitable organizations. For example, he is on the Johnson County Community College Board of Members; the Kansas City, Kan. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee; the Friends of the Zoo Board and Chair of the Kansas City Zoo Building Committee.
LaSala is ranked among the leading real estate attorneys in the 2006-2014 editions of Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, based on client and peer practitioner interviews. In 2010, LaSala was named one of Kansas City's 40 Under Forty by Ingram's Magazine.
LaSala earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. He earned an undergraduate degree from Regis University.
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