I’m a lawyer. My practice is limited to Business Dispute Mediation, based on 40 years experience in a wide range of experiences in corporate and commercial litigation in federal and state courts; commercial real estate transactions; zoning and other land use proceedings; and service as an elected official. When practicing full-time, I was a Best Lawyer in America. My Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV and 5.0/5.0.
I have a life-long interest in politics and I have been active in metropolitan Kansas City civic affairs for the last 35 years. I was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council for two four-year terms, 1987 – 1995, where I chaired the City Council’s Finance Committee and developed a keen “hands on” interest in municipal budgeting and public finance.
I have served on a number of civic boards reflecting my interests over the years, notably chairing the Citizens Association, Kansas City’s oldest and largest non-partisan political organization, for three years; the Historic Kansas City Foundation Board of Directors; and a number of non-partisan political campaign committees in Kansas City (Kansas City has a non-partisan form of government).
My role in restoring Kansas City’s historic 1914 beaux arts Union Station is one of my proudest public accomplishments. I developed and wrote the legislation forming a Missouri-Kansas bi-state district, passed in both states and approved by the Congress, successfully restoring downtown Kansas City’s long-empty 300,000 square foot Union Station, including measures to overcome very high mistrust on both sides of the state line. Each side gave in a little and we got it done. Today Union Station is home to the Kansas City Science Museum, restaurants, shops, offices and a source of tremendous civic pride.
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