Donna Wilson Peters

Of Counsel
Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Housing - Multifamily
  • Senior & Student
  • Development Incentives & Tax Credits
  • Development & Construction
  • Land Use
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8365
Fax: 816.983.8080
University Howard University, B.S., 1983
Law SchoolHoward University School of Law, J.D., 1988 Howard Law Journal, Symposium Editor
Admitted1988, Missouri; 2006, Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Jackson County Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•National Bar Association


Donna's focus is in real estate development and public law matters. She represents clients in a broad range of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate matters, and has represented national retailers, real estate developers, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), community development corporations and public entities. She has significant experience in urban redevelopment matters, including tax increment financing, entitlements and Chapter 353 tax abatement projects. Her work includes affordable housing developments, economic development incentive projects and public/private partnerships. She represents clients in obtaining governmental approvals in matters involving zoning, platting, special use permits, variances and land use planning, and has secured zoning approvals for more than 100 telecommunications sites.

Additionally, Donna assists clients in municipal, state and federal affirmative action program requirements, including the development of affirmative action policies, MBE/WBE utilization plans, minority contractor outreach and compliance reporting. Through her experience in handling matters involving governmental entities, Donna has drafted legislation, handled “sunshine law” matters and administrative hearings, and code compliance matters. She also represents public and private educational entities, and provides legal counsel on state and federal education laws/regulations, open meetings and records matters, and development of school policies.

Donna has served as legal counsel to nonprofit organizations, and in this capacity, she ensured compliance with state and federal laws, developed organizational policies and oversaw the administration of risk-management processes. She also served as board secretary and attorney for the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, where she presided over disciplinary matters, provided advice on department rules/regulations, developed policies for the Office of Community Complaints and negotiated settlements of various lawsuits.

Awards and Recognitions
Ingram's magazine, 40 Under 40, 2000
•National Bar Association's Presidential Award, 2008

Civic Involvement
•Blue Hills Homes Corp., Board of Directors, 1998-2003
•Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Board of Directors, 2007-2009
•Citizens' Commission on Municipal Revenue, Kansas City, 2011-2012
•Cleaver for Congress, Treasurer
•Environmental & Waste Minimization Commission of Kansas City, 1994-1996
•The First Step Fund, Board of Directors, 2000-2002
•Freedom Inc., Board of Directors, 2000-2003
•Kansas City 353 Program Review Committee, 2001-2003
•Kansas City Downtown Minority Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2009-present; Chair, 2012-present
•Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Jamison Partners, 1999-2001
•KCI Terminal Advisory Group
•Landmarks Commission of Kansas City, 1996-2005
•The Links Inc., Jackson County Missouri Chapter
•Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center Advisory Council
•Niles Home for Children, Board of Directors, 2000-2004
•The Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Board of Directors,1999-2005

Business Insights

Business Insights
5.08.13 Multifamily Housing Seminar: Trends & Topics for Developers and Owners
Real Estate, Development & Construction Seminar Kansas City, MO

In The News
2.13.12 Former Kauffman Scholars General Counsel Joins Husch Blackwell
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release


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Donna Wilson Peters

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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