Kate began her career as a commercial litigator with an emphasis in environmental law, however, now focuses her practice in the area of real estate law.

Overview

Kate has represented clients in sales, acquisitions and development of commercial real estate; commercial financing and leasing involving theaters, resorts, charter schools, office, retail and industrial properties; construction; shopping center financing; reciprocal easement and operating agreements; and conservation easements. Kate also has provided local counsel opinions on various real estate matters.

Experience

  • Counsel to a NYSE-listed specialty Real Estate Investment Trust, which has invested more than $1.4 billion in 110 destination megaplex theaters, over $600 million in eight destination entertainment retail center properties, approximately $150 million in ski parks with 312 trails across 1,598 acres, and is one of the nation’s largest institutional owners of public charter school properties
  • Counsel to a major developer in connection with the construction of a 1.14 million square feet state-of-the-art Internal Revenue Service processing center, including the renovation of the historic Main Post Office Building, and the relocation of, and renovation of facilities for, the United States Postal Service in the Railway Express Building and the Grand Hall of Union Station
  • Representation as Kansas and Missouri counsel to the developer/owner and to the lender in the development, permitting and financing of wind projects 
  • Counsel to a large electric utility provider in connection with the financing of a transmission line easement serving a wind energy project
  • Counsel to a large regional cement manufacturer in connection with acquisitions of long-term sand and gravel reserves throughout the region and other acquisitions and leases
  • Representation of a privately held owner and operator of grain handling facilities located throughout the Midwest, a fertilizer distribution network, feed mills, and retail fertilizer operations, including representation in connection with the sale of a bean crushing facility and grain elevator
  • Counsel to a developer in connection with preparation and implementation of master declaration of operation and easements, covenants and restrictions for major development
  • Experience across a wide range of industries, including charter schools, theaters, resort properties, ready-mix, beef production, grain storage, cement manufacturing
  • Counsel to a major developer in connection with the sale of Cedar Creek, a mixed use real estate development located on the K-10 corridor of Johnson County, Kansas

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Kate has been a frequent speaker on various real estate subjects, including real estate contracts, impact of environmental laws on real estate transactions, real estate financing, synthetic leases, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and leases.

Publications

Missouri Methods of Practice — chapters on “Zoning” and “Quiet Title Actions”

Hiking Guide to Kansas, University Press of Kansas 

Recognitions

Recognitions

Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

Recognized as a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, which has described her as a “responsive and strong transactional real estate lawyer who always demonstrates great judgment and motivation”

Named to the 2014, 2015, and 2017-2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate

Listed in the 2012 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers© Magazine for Real Estate

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kansas Land Trust, Past-President and Board of Directors

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

The Missouri Bar

Kansas Bar Association

Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1983
  • Kansas, 1984

Education

University of Kansas, J.D., 1983

  • Order of the Coif

University of Kansas, B.S., with distinction, 1978

University of Kansas, B.A., with distinction, 1976

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