Ben is a sought-after tax advisor and litigator. He has extensive experience with state and federal tax issues with an emphasis on partnership taxation issues, corporate acquisitions, closely held businesses and corporate tax planning. Ben also counsels clients regarding the tax compliance issues of real estate investment trusts (REITS) and real estate mortgage investment conduits.

Ben’s clients benefit from his significant tax planning and tax controversy experience at federal and state levels, both in administrative action and litigation. He has experience with tax-deferred reorganizations, like kind exchanges, and multistate apportionment issues. As chairman of the Tax Practice Group, Ben deploys resources to favorably resolve even the most complex tax issues.


Ben served as acquirer’s tax counsel in the $2 billion merger of two publically traded limited partnerships in the oil and gas industry.

Ben has extensive experience with and knowledge of partnership income taxation, and represents individuals and companies when planning, forming and granting equity interests in limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, S corporations and other flow-through entities.

He has advised numerous clients on the tax implications of real estate transactions, including simultaneous and deferred like-kind exchanges and debt workouts.

Ben advises on the tax implications of corporate transactions, including tax-deferred reorganizations, split-offs, recapitalizations and public offerings.

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Ben has authored or co-authored for the Missouri Bar Corporate Deskbook—Corporation Law & Practice regarding non-taxable and taxable sales and acquisitions of a corporation.



Selected as The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 Kansas City-MO Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Consistently named a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer for tax law

Frequently listed in The Best Lawyers in America for tax law 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Kansas City, Missouri

  • Former Chairman of Building on a Legacy Capital Committee 
  • Former Chairman of the Pastoral Call Committee 
  • Former President and member of the Church Council 
  • Former Chairman of the Finance and Property Committees 
  • Former Endowment Trust Fund Trustee 

Rehabilitation Institute, Past Board Member 

Westport House, Previous Board Member 

Graduate Tax Advisory Board of University of Missouri at Kansas City, Former Board Member 

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 

Kansas Bar Association 

The Missouri Bar


  • Iowa, 1981
  • Missouri, 1981
  • Kansas, 1990
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985


University of Missouri-Kansas City, LL.M., Taxation, 1985

University of Iowa, J.D., cum laude, 1981

University of Iowa, M.A., 1981

C.P.A. certificate granted May 1978

University of Iowa, BBA, Accounting, magna cum laude, 1977

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