David A. Fenley: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

David A. Fenley

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Development & Construction
  • Development Incentives & Tax Credits
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Housing - Multifamily
  • Senior & Student
  • Investment Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8134
Fax: 816.983.8080
University Washburn University, B.B.A., cum laude, 1976
Law SchoolWashburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1979 Washburn Law Journal, Assistant Notes Editor
Admitted1979, Missouri; 1979, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1980, U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

International Council of Shopping Centers

•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

•The Missouri Bar

•Missouri Economic Development Financing Association


A member of Husch Blackwell's Real Estate, Development & Construction industry team, Dave has guided developers, lending institutions and governmental agencies in the design, implementation and financing of high-profile private and public projects that have changed the face of metropolitan Kansas City. Specifically, he was instrumental in bringing these developments to fruition in downtown Kansas City, Mo.:

•$250 million corporate relocation of H&R Block.

•$65 million headquarters for J.E. Dunn Construction.

•$80 million makeover of the historic President Hotel.

With more than 30 years of legal credentials, Dave is a creative innovator in the field of economic incentives for urban-core development. He skillfully combines multilayer funding packages that tap into state and local tax-break programs and private sector financing. He negotiates lease and purchase agreements that align favorably with clients' business strategies. His acumen in the industry has been recognized by the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), where he is a fellow.

Dave is a member of the Partner Board, a former member of the Executive Board and was a co-chair of the firm. He has been a certified public accountant since 1980.

Awards and Recognitions

American College of Real Estate Lawyers, fellow

The Best Lawyers In America, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2007-2013, 2015; Litigation Real Estate, 2011; Litigation Land Use and Zoning, 2011-2013, 2015; Real Estate Law, 1995-2013, 2015

Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2008-2014

Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-2013; Top 100, 2005-2006, 2008; Top 50 Kansas City, 2005-2006

Civic Involvement

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

•Mayors' Corps of Progress for a Greater Kansas City, general counsel, 2011-present

•Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-present

•Washburn Law School, Alumni Board of Governors, 2005-present

•Washburn University Foundation, trustee

•Washburn University School of Law Business and Transactional Law Center, advisor, 2005-present


•Counseled H&R Block in land acquisition, tax incentives and financing for $150 million 18-story world headquarters building in downtown Kansas City, Mo., entertainment district.

•Advised on the rehabilitation of the New York Life Building in Kansas City, Mo., by use of the condemnation and redevelopment tools afforded through tax increment financing.

•Represented J.E. Dunn Construction Co. in its $65 million headquarters redevelopment in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

•Counsel for Marcus Hotels and Resorts in the redevelopment of the historic Phillips House Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

•Advised in the $80 million redevelopment of the President Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

•Counsel for the $100 million Plaza Colonnade development on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

•Represented Highwoods Properties in $240 million Country Club Plaza development initiative in Kansas City, including tax increment financing application.

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In The News

8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven Lawyers of the Year
Energy & Natural Resources ; Financial Services ; Food & Agribusiness ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
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5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction
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10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Financial Services ; Energy & Natural Resources
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6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
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10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
Real Estate, Development & Construction
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4.02.12 Husch Blackwell Completes Leadership Transition
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars


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Office Information

David A. Fenley

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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