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Rick Davis

Attorney/Broker
Member of: Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Land Title Association (ALTA), Mid-American Association of Real Estate Investors (MAREI), Winvestors, Kansas City Regional Associations of Realtors (KCRAR), Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Kansas Title Standards Committee

About Me

Even as a teenager, Rick opened every newspaper to the real estate section first.

He’s still passionate about the industry today because he recognizes that real estate is at the core for almost everyone in every city. For many, a home is their largest and most significant investment. For others, real estate is one of the best ways to gain wealth through investing. Commercial developers and investors help shape the environment we live in by attracting new businesses that strengthen local communities and improving dilapidated neighborhoods. Contractors take aged and unattractive properties and bring them back to life, which increases property values for everyone in the community. Mortgage companies and lenders make homeownership and investment possible for those who otherwise would not have the ability to purchase or invest in real estate. Homeowner associations protect property values by providing services to homeowners and ensuring that all property owners comply with the rules of the community.

In order to stay connected to the real estate market, Rick – who is also a licensed real estate broker, title insurance producer, and investor – regularly attends meetings of area real estate investor and professional organizations, and uses the knowledge gained from these meetings to provide practical advice to his clients based on the unique challenges faced by those in the real estate industry.

“Often, the best solutions are not the most expensive or legally intensive options,” Rick said. “By recognizing what could be, rather than just what needs to be done, I deliver creative solutions that are practical from both a legal and business perspective.”

Rick’s focus on and commitment to real estate makes him the attorney of choice for banks, commercial landlords, condo associations, contractors, financial institutions, homeowners, homeowners associations, mortgage servicers, private lenders, real estate agents/brokers, real estate developers, real estate investors, and subcontractors facing real estate related issues.

Besides being acknowledged by clients for his in-depth real estate experience, Rick has been recognized by the legal industry at a far earlier stage in his career than is typical. In 2019, he was named an associate fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America. In 2017, he was named a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and also received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, the highest granted under the 150-year-old rating system, which is considered the gold standard in attorney rankings.

Because Martindale-Hubbell’s assessments are based on other attorneys’ reviews – including those at the partner and managing partner levels across the country –Rick’s rating underscores the confidence clients place in him.

“Earning the respect of peers ensures a more productive working relationship with opposing attorneys,” Rick said. “For clients, this means legal solutions come more quickly and easily. The Martindale-Hubbell rating demonstrates that, based on the evaluation of other attorneys who know how to determine the effectiveness of legal work, clients can count on me to provide sound counsel and do what’s right for that client’s unique situation.”

 

Admissions

Kansas Courts

Missouri Courts

U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal

 

Presentations and Media

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Title Search Exemptions and Fundamentals,” National Business Institute, September 2020

Rick Davis, Presenter, “How to Read Surveys, Descriptions, and Plats” National Business Institute, September 2020

Rick Davis, Guest, “Vetting Contractors, Lien Waivers, and Handling Contractor Problems, Mid-American Association of Real Estate Investors (MAREI) Partner Podcast, June 2020

Rick Davis, Quoted, “5 Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Home – and Why Missing Even One Can Cost You Dearly,” Realtor.com, July 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Obtaining Computer, Email and Internet Evidence,” National Business Institute, June 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Retrieving Evidence from Smartphones,” National Business Institute, June 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Ethics in Construction Law,” National Business Institute, June 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Negotiating for Damages in Construction,” National Business Institute, June 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Evictions and Support Animals,” Johnson County Landlords, June 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Useful Discovery for Trial,” National Business Institute, May 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Effective Use of Evidence,” National Business Institute, May 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Transfer of Title,” National Business Institute, April 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Ethical Considerations,” National Business Institute, April 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Leasing: Landlord-Tenant Laws and Evictions,” National Business Institute, March 2019

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Landlord-Tenant Law,” Johnson County Landlords, December 2018

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Basic Real Estate Law for Investors,” Landlords Inc. of Wyandotte County, December 2018

Rick Davis, Presenter, “How to Find and Use Private Money in Your Real Estate Business,” Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors, August 2018

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Seller Finance and First Lien Investors (Note Buyers),” Mortgage Medic Webinar, May 2018

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Ethics for Construction Lawyers,” National Business Institute, May 2018

Rick Davis, Quoted, “Was My House a Former Meth Lab? The Hidden Drug History Behind Your Home,” KCTV5, Winter 2017

Rick Davis, Featured Subject, “YLS Spotlight: Rick Davis,” The YLS Forum, Kansas Bar Association, Winter 2017

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession,” Half Moon Seminars, December 2017

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Resolving Boundary Disputes,” Half Moon Seminars, December 2017

Rick Davis, Author, “Legislature Has No Solution for Budget Shortfalls, But Kansans May Be Able to Buy Real Beer at Grocery Stores,” The YLS Forum, Kansas Bar Association, Spring 2017

Rick Davis, Quoted, “Five Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Attorney,” Owners.com, November 2016

Rick Davis, Quoted, “Learn These Basic Rules of Seller Disclosure So You Don’t Get Sued,” Realtor.com, September 2016

Rick Davis, Quoted, “9 Things to Look for in a Mentor,” Recruiter.com, February 2016

Rick Davis, Quoted, “Is Your Restaurant at Risk for a Chipotle-Scale Outbreak?,” Kabbage.com, February 2016

Rick Davis, Quoted, “Commercial Leasing Tips for First-Time Restaurateurs,” Pizza Today, February 2016

Rick Davis, Presenter, “Commercial Leasing: Practical Tips for Small Business Owners,” Johnson County Business Networking Group, January 2016

Rick Davis, Presenter, “The CFPB and Practical Tips for Your Practice,” Palm Beach County Bar Association, March 2015

Rick Davis, Presenter, “CFPB Overview and Changes for 2015,” Mr. Cooper (formerly Nationstar Mortgage), February 2015


 

Activities

Associate Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, since 2019

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, since 2017

Member, American Bar Association, since 2010

Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Council/Young Lawyers Division Liaison, 2018-2020

Young Lawyers Division, District Representative (Kansas/Missouri), 2017-2019

Member, Kansas Bar Association, since 2009

Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2021-2022

Young Lawyers Division, Chair-Elect, 2020-2021

Young Lawyers Division, Secretary/Treasurer, 2019-2020

Young Lawyers Division, ABA Liaison, 2017-2019

Young Lawyers Division, Legislative Liaison, 2016-2017

Realtor, National Association of Realtors, since 2019

Realtor, Kansas Association of Realtors, since 2019

Kansas Real Estate Broker, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors, since 2019

Member, National Association of Real Estate Investors, since 2017

Business Member, Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors, since 2017

Member, Johnson County Bar Association, since 2015

Member, American Legal & Financial Network, 2014-2015

Member Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2013-2015

Real Estate Law CLE Committee, 2013-2015

Member, Mortgage Bankers Association, 2012-2015

Member, Trial Law Institute, 2019-2020

Member, Diversity Law Institute, 2019-2020

 

Honors

Associate Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, since 2019

Client Champion Award, Lawyers.com, 2019

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, since 2017

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, since 2017

Letter of Recognition, Lt. Col. Schag, Tinker TRIALS Program Team Chief, 2011

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Education, 2010/2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

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