I’m a real estate attorney,

Rick Davis

Personalized legal services for real estate investors, developers, brokers and agents, contractors, homeowners, lenders, and others in the real estate and construction industries.  Rick is also the host of Real Estate Law .Live, a weekly Facebook broadcast that addresses legal questions related to real estate and construction law.

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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.

My practice focuses primarily on the areas of real estate and construction law and he regularly represents parties in all facets of the real estate industry. My past and current clients include real estate investors, developers, brokers and agents, contractors, homeowners, lenders, and others in the real estate industry. I serve clients in both Kansas and Missouri. I am a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the American Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, and the Construction Lawyer Society of America. I graduated with a B.G.S. degree from the University of Kansas and earned a J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. I have received numerous awards, including an Martindale-Hubbel AV peer rating (the highest available) and have been selected as a fellow to the American Bar Foundation. 

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, Adverse Possession, Title Disputes, Seller Disclosure

Construction Law

Business/Entity Formation, Construction Contract Review and Drafting, Payment Disputes, Work Product Disputes, Licensing and Permit Compliance

Homeowner's Association

Declaration and Bylaw Review, Governance and Meeting Assistance, Lien Filing, Homeowner Disputes, Injunctions

Real Estate Investors

Business/Entity Formation, Contract Review and Drafting, Foreclosure Sales, Private Financing, Deal Structuring, Quiet Title

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.
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Commentary on legal issues related to real estate, investing, and construction law in Kansas and Missouri.  This blog is associated with the RealEstateLaw.Live video podcast broadcast live on Facebook each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am.