Kirk assists clients in matters related to health law, real estate and business law.

Overview

He often represents physicians, dentists, pharmacists and medical practice businesses in solving key legal challenges brought about by practice acquisition, hospital contracting and construction, business operations, and regulatory compliance.

Kirk's experience representing a wide variety of providers in the medical industry has provided him with extensive insight into the medical field and helps him understand his client's diverse challenges and needs. Kirk has close ties to the medical industry—his wife, a practicing OB/GYN, and his son, an orthopedic surgery resident—and understands the pressure and demands of the field.

Kirk's real estate practice centers on commercial financing, loan closings, workouts, title examinations, condemnation, zoning and foreclosures. Clients value Kirk's breadth of legal knowledge in real estate transactions and his ability to assess problems while keeping his client's business goals top of mind.

Experience

Adept at health law, Kirk served as general counsel for the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City for several years and was a member of their board of directors.

Business-oriented, he served as counsel, working on development projects, workouts and creditor rights for Chemical Bank of New York, the largest creditor in the Kroh Brothers Development Company bankruptcy, one of the largest suits of its kind filed in Missouri. 

Kirk served on the Commercial Advisory Council Board, Central Region, of the American Arbitration Association, helping to guide it in providing services to healthcare-related entities.

Committed to service, Kirk is a captain in the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and is an instrument rated pilot.

Among Kirk's many accomplishments, he was a national finalist in the 1977 Rhodes Scholarship.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America©, Health Care Law, 2011-present

Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005-2015

Corporate Counsel's Annual Guide to Health Care Law, Top Lawyer, 2013

The American Lawyer, Top Rated Lawyer, 2013

Kansas City Business Journal, "Best of the Bar," 2011

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, Trustee

Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Kansas City, Board of Directors

American Heart Association, Board of Directors of Kansas City Metro Chapter

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Boy Scouts of America, Tamigonit Lodge 147, Heart of America Council

  • Served as Lodge Advisor for 10 years
  • Eagle Scout Award
  • Vigil Honor
  • James E. West Award
  • District Award of Merit
  • Order of the Arrow Centurion Award
  • God & Service Award
  • Served on staff of several national and international Scout Jamborees

International Relations Council of Greater Kansas City, 2013-present

The Lawyers Association Foundation of Kansas City, Past President

Lawyers Association of Kansas City

  • Director, Senior Section, 2004-Present
  • President, 2008-2009

Greater Kansas City Society of Health Care Attorneys, Past President

Healthcare Financial Managers Association

Missouri Society of Health Lawyers

Missouri State Medical Association Alliance, Legislative Chairman

American Health Lawyers Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Health Care and Property Committees

Kansas Bar Association

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International

Association of Past Bar Presidents

Admissions

  • Kansas, 2005
  • Missouri, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

University of Iowa Law School, J.D., with high honors, 1978

  • Order of the Coif
  • Hammond Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Iowa State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1975

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