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Rick Davis

Personalized legal services for real estate investors, developers, brokers and agents, contractors, homeowners, lenders, and others in the real estate industry.  This is a personal webpage, which is not affiliated with any firm or legal organization.

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My Story

I help real estate investors and contractors solve problems, whether the need is for advice about day-to-day legal issues, structuring their next real estate deal, reviewing the covenants or bylaws for a community or resolving a dispute.

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 most people and for 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 help shape the environment we live in by attracting new businesses that strengthen local communities. Contractors renovate old, dated properties, restoring their value and improving neighborhoods.

Rick’s focus on and commitment to real estate makes him the attorney of choice for mid-sized investors, contractors and commercial developers. Having personally invested in real estate and as a regular attendee at Kansas City-area real estate investor meetings and events, Rick is familiar with the unique challenges industry professionals face. This understanding allows him to provide his clients the best and most practical solutions to their issues, taking both legal and non-legal factors into consideration.

“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 create win-wins so all parties can move on with business.”

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 them.”

Career Achievements

Recovered a significant portion of the more than $300,000 owed to my client, a subcontractor, after a large bio-ethanol project in Kansas shut down and the general contractor filed for bankruptcy.

Helped a family-run general contracting business that was facing a lawsuit with more than $250,000 at stake. After a two-week arbitration, my client was awarded all of its damages, plus attorney fees, costs and interest on the outstanding balance.

Helped a larger supplier and retailer review the legal and licensing requirements of expanding into new services and new markets. Drafted customer agreements and disclosures and ensured regulatory compliance in 15 states and numerous cities and towns.

Obtained injunctive relief and an award of attorney fees against a homeowner who had driven down neighboring homes’ property values by digging in his front yard in violation of the homeowners’ association covenants.

Drafted paperwork, reviewed contracts and otherwise assisted with the sale of numerous commercial and residential properties, as well as with residential and commercial leasing issues.

Assisted condo and homeowners’ associations in making amendments to their communities’ declarations and bylaws to address issues related to rental properties, vacation rentals by owners, solar panels and other emerging issues these communities face.

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

Published Works/Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author, “The Changing Demographics of Young Lawyers,” The Kansas Bar Journal, October 2017

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

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

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

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

Media Interviews

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

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

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

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

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

Quoted, “Bad Neighbors and Other Nightmares You Might Need to Disclose to Buyers,” Realtor.com, September 2016

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

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

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

Quoted, “McCain Stresses Energy Policy in First Visit,” Lawrence Journal-World, July 2008

Quoted, “Education, Health Care Key in House Race,” Lawrence Journal-World, October 2006

Education

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, 2012

Cum Laude

Dawson Scholarship Recipient

Managing Editor, Washburn Law Journal

B.G.S., Political Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2009

A.G.S., Political Science, Colby Community College, Colby, Kansas, 2005

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, 2010/201

Bar Admissions

Kansas, 2013

Missouri, 2016

10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2015

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, 2015

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2013

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, 2013

Real Estate Law

Contract Review and Drafting, Closings, Loan Docs, Financing, Land Use, Incentives

Homeowner's Association

Declaration and Bylaw Review, Governance and Meeting Assistance, Lien Filing

Business Formation

LLC or Corporation Filing, Annual Compliance, Contract and Policy Review and Drafting

Experience

I have spent my career focused on real estate law, which allows me to provide creative and practice solutions for my clients. In addition to legal experience, I am also a licensed real estate broker and have personal experience with flipping and buy and hold properties.
2019-present
Levy Craig Law Firm
Attorney

Levy Craig is a medium-size law firm focusing on representing businesses on a variety of legal matters. Our practice areas include civil litigation, corporate law, business transactions, fidelity and surety law, construction, real estate and family law. Our litigation attorneys have a particular focus on construction, banking/financial services, fidelity/surety bonds, and real estate. Our transaction attorneys regularly handle all aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisition and financing, and securities work. Our family law attorneys handle all aspects of domestic matters, especially divorces involving closely held family businesses.

2015-2019
Rick Davis Legal, P.C.
Attorney

We are not your average law firm.™ We utilize technology so as to deliver better, faster and more efficient legal services. We provide personalized attention to our clients so they are never left in the dark about what is happening with their case. We provide honest and straightforward answers, even if it means lower profits for our firm. We only practice real estate law so we have the knowledge and experience to obtain the best outcomes for our clients.

2013-2015
Greenstein & Associates
Attorney

Greenstein & Associates is a full service law firm located in Palm Beach County Florida. As managing partner, Rick was responsible for overseeing the operation of the law firm that during his tenure featured over 25 attorneys, making it one of the fifty largest law firms in South Florida.

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