Real Estate Finance
David had several offers when he was looking to make a career move in 2004. He chose Levy Craig because the firm offers his clients an edge few other firms can.
“The advantage of working with Levy Craig is that clients work directly with an experienced attorney, often a shareholder,” he said. “That means they receive a much more efficient and expeditious product.”
Just how expeditious? David offers an example. “I was retained on a Friday and closed a large commercial loan on Monday,” he said.
David, whose specialty is real estate finance, has more than 30 years of legal experience. His clients include Armed Forces Bank, BankLiberty, Bank of the West, Citizens Bank and Trust Company, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Hawthorn Bank, TriCentury Bank, Union Bank and Trust Company.
David represents financial institutions and borrowers in virtually every phase of the banking relationship, from complex loan documentation and security interest perfection, through acquisitions, collections, workouts and bankruptcy. Documented transactions include real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, bank stock loans and acquisitions, asset-based lending, cash flow lending involving detailed financial covenants, tax credits, tax-exempt bonds and loans involving non-traditional collateral. He also has extensive experience in matters relating to the issuance, documentation, collection and denial of payments of letters of credit, as well as issues relating to negotiable instruments.
—Before joining Levy Craig, he practiced at other local law firms and owned his own firm for three years. David, whose specialty is real estate finance, has more than 30 years of legal experience. His clients include Armed Forces Bank, BankLiberty, Bank of the West, Citizens Bank and Trust Company, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Hawthorn Bank, TriCentury Bank, Union Bank and Trust Company.
Of all his career opportunities, David said serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Howard F. Sachs, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, was perhaps the most valuable. A coveted position among young attorneys, the two-year stint gave him inside knowledge few attorneys possess.
“Serving under a judge is a huge advantage because you see what judges are looking for, the arguments that appeal to them and how to work with a judge’s staff,” he said.
Served as local counsel for two public-private partnership deals, each totaling between $200 and $300 million, which will provide housing for servicemen and servicewomen on the Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth Army bases
Has handled loan closings totaling billions of dollars
Represented numerous real estate developers in multifamily, retail, office and industrial projects
Responsible for handling the legal work on a tax-exempt bond portfolio of $1 billion dollars
Attorney and Secretary of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri.
American Bar Association, since 1985
Member, Business Law Section
Member, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
Member, Health Law Section
Past chair, Publications Subcommittee, Public Finance Committee of the Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law
The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, since 1985
Past Member of Board of Directors
Past Chair, Audit Committee
Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
Past Chair, Real Estate Committee, and Past Chair Forms Subcommittee
Past Member, Bar Headquarters Task Force
Member, Business Law Committee
Member and past chair, Real Estate Committee
Past president, Workout Professionals Association
Affiliate Member and Sponsor, Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Director, past president, Commercial Brokers Association
Director, past president, Committee for County Progress, 2010
Director, KCRAR Commercial Division
Greater Kansas City Society of Healthcare Attorneys
Kansas City Banking Law Study Group
Member, Missouri Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section, since 2002
Property and Business Law Committees
Country Club Swim Association of Kansas City – Past President
Carriage Club-Past President
FBI Citizens Academy
Published Works/ Presentations
Contributing Author, MO Real Estate Fundamentals: Acquisition, Title, Interests and Conveyancing, Missouri Bar 2011
Contributing Author and Reviewer, Real Estate Practice, Fifth Edition, Missouri Bar 2010 and Fourth Edition, Missouri Bar 2006 and 2002 Supps.
Contributing author, Missouri Commercial Law, Missouri Bar, 2007
Contributing author, Missouri Farm Law, Missouri Bar, 2006
Reviewer, Missouri Specialized Business Entities, Missouri Bar, 2006
Reviewer, Missouri Secured Transactions, Missouri Bar, 2005
Reviewer, Missouri Corporate Organization and Operation, Missouri Bar, 2005
Contributing author, Lender Liability Law and Litigation, Matthew Bender publisher, 1996-2005
Contributing author, Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Forms Handbook, 2001
Contributing author, The Missouri Partnership and Corporate Forms Handbook, sixth edition, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000
Contributing author, Missouri Civil Actions, second edition, Missouri Bar, 2000
Contributing author and reviewer, Missouri Real Estate Practice, fourth edition, Missouri Bar, 2006 and 2002 supplements
Co-author, Revising the Uniform Commercial Code, Articles 8 and 9, Missouri Banking Affairs, 12, 1995
Author, Computerized Litigation Support and the Indigent: Discovery or Disaster?, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 143, 1982
Lectures include banking, real estate, corporate and municipal finance, litigation and problems facing financial institutions
J.D., Columbia Law School, New York, N.Y., 1983
-Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
-Executive editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
B.A., Computer Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., 1980
Honors: With Distinction
-Phi Beta Kappa
-Phi Kappa Phi
-Upsilon Pi Epsilon
-National Merit Scholar
2016 Law Firm Leader award given to chairman, managing partners or other law firm executives who demonstrated extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership during the year from Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
2015 Baron of the Boardroom award in recognition of a distinguished career representing corporate/business clients from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
2015 The Best Lawyers in Kansas City from 435 Magazine.
The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2013, 2014, 2016.
The Best Lawyers in Kansas City, Ingram’s, 2013.
Best of the Bar Award, Kansas City Business Journal, 2006 – 2010, 2012, 2013.
Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Contributor Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2002
President’s Award, Association of Women Lawyers, 2000
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1985
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