Founder

RIck Davis

Founder

Rick, a real estate attorney who has worked primarily with investors since 2015, formed Rick Davis Real Estate to partner with real estate investors in the Kansas City area in a way never before seen in this market.  Rick has a passion for technology and disrupting markets, and is doing things differently than other area law firms, title companies and real estate brokers.

Biography

Biography

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 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 legal 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.”

Rick also serves on the title standards committee of the Kansas Bar Association and is a fellow to the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section.

Organizations/Leadership

American Bar Association

Real Property Trust and Estate Law Fellow (2020-2022)
Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Council/YLD Liaison (2018 – 2020)
Young Lawyers Division, District Representative (Kansas/Missouri) (2017 – 2019)
Member (2010-present)

Kansas Bar Association

Law Practice Management Committee (2020-2021)
Membership Committee (2020-2021)
Kansas Title Standards Committee (2020-2021)
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)
Member (2009 – Present)

Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors (MAREI)

Member (2017 – Present)

Missouri Bar Association

Member (2015 – Present)

Johnson County Bar Association

Member (2015 – Present)

Member (2014 – 2015)

Palm Beach County Bar Association

Real Estate Law CLE Committee Member (2013 – 2015)
Member (2013 – 2015)

Mortgage Banker’s Association (MBA)

Member (2012 – 2015)

Presentations

Real Estate Transactions and Closings (forthcoming)
Kansas Real Estate Transactions, National Business Institute

Ethics for Construction Attorneys (forthcoming)
Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, National Business Institute

Mini-Asset Protection Workshop
MidAmerican Association of Real Estate Investors (October 2020)

Covid-19, Evictions, Support Animals, and Other Legal Issues for Real Estate Investors
Johnson County Landlords (October 2020)

Attorney Tips for Your Contracts
MAREI Partnercast (July 2020)

Ethics in Construction Law (June 2019)
Construction Law Bootcamp, National Business Institute

Negotiating for Damages in Construction (June 2019)
Construction Law Bootcamp, National Business Institute

Useful Discovery for Trial (June 2019)
Trial Prep from Start to Finish, National Business Institute

Effective Use of Evidence (June 2019)
Trial Prep from Start to Finish, National Business Institute

Transfer of Title (April 2019)
Title Law in Kansas, National Business Institute

Ethical Considerations (April 2019)
Title Law in Kansas, National Business Institute

Leasing: Landlord-Tenant Laws and Evictions (March 2019)
Real Estate Law Bootcamp, National Business Institute

Private Lending
MidAmerican Association of Real Estate Investors (August 2018)

Seller Finance and First Lien Investors (Note Buyers) (May 2018)
Mortgage Medic Webinar

Ethics for Construction Lawyers (May 2018)
Construction Law from Start to Finish, National Business Institute

Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession (December 2017)
Boundaries and Easements, Half Moon Seminars

Resolving Boundary Disputes (December 2017)
Boundaries and Easements, Half Moon Seminars

Commercial Leasing: Practical Tips for Small Business Owners (January 2016)
Johnson County Business Networking Group

CFPB Overview and Changes for 2015 (March 2015)
Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing/ Mr. Copper (formerly Nationstar Mortgage)

The CFPB and Practical Tips for your Practice (January 2015)
Palm Beach County Bar Association CLE

Awards and Recognition

Martindale Hubbell Silver Client Champion Award (2021)

Martindale Hubbell Silver Client Champion Award (2020)

Expertise.com Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City (2020)

Martindale Hubbell Silver Client Champion Award (2019)

Expertise.com Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City (2019)

Construction Lawyers Society of America Fellow (2019 – Present)

Expertise.com Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City (2018)

Expertise.com Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City (2017)

American Bar Foundation Fellow (2017 – Present)

Martindale Hubbell AV-Rating (2016 – Present)

Licensing

Bar Admissions (Lawyer)

Kansas Supreme Court 25671

Missouri Supreme Court 68623

U.S. District for the District of Kansas 25671

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas 25671

U.S. District for the Western District of Missouri KS-25671

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri KS-25671

8th Circuit Court of Appeals 20-0278

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Real Estate Licenses

Kansas Real Estate Broker 00240364

Missouri Real Estate Broker 2020041262

Insurance Producer Licenses

Kansas Insurance Producer 17885720

Missouri Insurance Producer 8372663