Member of Bar Law Committees
His previous activities in the Bar include being
chair of the Associate Division Committee of the Kansas City
Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and a member of the KCMBA and
Missouri Bar committees on civil law and procedure.
Frequent Speaker for Legal Seminars
He has been the speaker at continuing legal
education classes sponsored by the Missouri Bar, the KCMBA, and
other groups. He is a frequent speaker to property owners and
attorneys on landlord-tenant law, collections, Fair Housing, the
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and related areas. In 1997 he
was a member of the Property Management and Tenant Relations Task
Force of the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
Negotiated a House Bill
In 1997, he wrote part of House Bill 361 and was directly involved
in negotiating and promoting it through the legislature. This bill
contained the first major changes in Missouri landlord-tenant law
since 1939 and included new provisions for expediting evictions
involving illegal drug activities.
Appointed to Court Legal
He has been on the Associate Circuit Court Committee and on the
Circuit Court Advisory Committee by appointment of the presiding
judge of the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Executive of a Property
From 1999 to 2002, he was the full-time executive vice
president and general counsel of the Missouri Apartment
Association. His duties included legal, educational, and
legislative activities. He was editor of the Missouri Apartment
Association's "Redbook" and drafted the MAA standard Missouri lease
and other related forms. He is now the author of his own book, the
"Missouri Landlord-Tenant Guide, 2003."
Member of Missouri
He is presently a member of the Missouri Leadership Council of the
National Federation of Independent Business and the Executive
Director of Mid-America Crime Free, Inc.