Eric Ziegenhorn always knew he would become a lawyer. Eric was drawn to the legal field because he likes to challenge himself and to solve problems. A dyed-in-the-wool Missourian, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with honors in 1980. He then obtained his Juris Doctorate from University of California–Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1983.
Throughout his career, Eric has focused on real estate and small business issues. Eric started as a business lawyer and real estate litigator with a real estate specialty law firm in the San Francisco Bay area. After a couple of years of practice in California, he returned to his native Missouri to take a position as a litigator with a prominent Kansas City law firm. Since that time, Eric’s practice had evolved to primarily encompass real estate transactional work, with an emphasis on secured real estate lending, leases, landlord-tenant matters, and commercial real estate purchase and sale transactions. Eric was in-house legal counsel in charge of the workout and loan restructuring of hundreds of millions of dollars in distressed real estate assets immediately following the real estate recession of the late 1980s. Subsequently, as the market improved, he was the lawyer on a bank team that created a successful and still-thriving commercial real estate lending program for a national lender. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Kansas, and works on a nationwide basis for several clients.
Eric is also active as an author for West Publishing division of Thompson Reuters. Applying his enthusiasm for problem-solving and intellectual challenge, he recently completed a project drafting Westlaw real estate forms for use by other attorneys on a national basis. He has authored a popular three volume set of legal forms with West Publishing Co., currently in print, for use by Missouri lawyers [Missouri Legal Forms 3d Vols. 6, 6A & 7].
For more than 25 years, Eric has focused his practice on various aspects of real property law, representing property owners, landlords, borrowers, brokers, commercial and individual tenants, buyers and sellers of real property, homeowners’ and condominium associations, mechanics’ lien claimants, and banks and other lenders. He has extensive experience working with title companies, insurers, and environmental assessment firms, and is very familiar with standard terms in leases, purchase and sale agreements, deeds, building and construction agreements, deeds of trust, promissory notes, estoppels and real estate financing documents.
Eric is a formidable ally to business clients of all sizes in the formation and administration of limited liability companies, C-Corporations, and S-Corporations as well as lender-mandated single purpose entities (also known as SPE's or bankruptcy-remote entities). He offers wise counsel and years of experience in business sales and acquisitions, employment agreements, key employee noncompetition agreements, and other business transactions.
Eric advises individual clients with their estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate needs. He works with clients to reach their asset protection goals, and assists clients in drafting individually tailored documents, including wills and trusts, advance care directives, health and financial powers of attorney, and beneficiary deeds. His bias is toward keeping estate planning as simple as possible, while still achieving the client’s goals and objectives. Eric has written extensively on estate planning subjects. He has also handles and enjoys probate and trust administration.