About Eric Ziegenhorn

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].

Real Estate Law

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.

Business Law

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.

Estate Planning & Trust and Estate Administration

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.


  • University of California-Berkeley, J.D., 1983
  • University of Missouri, B.A., with honors, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1986
  • Kansas, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • Mortgage Bankers Association, Past Member of the Joint CMBS Task Force on Document Integrity
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member

Civic / Social Involvement

  • Bridging the Gap, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Attorney Project, Kansas City, Missouri Public Defenders Office
  • Course Instructor, MiniLaw School (UMKC School of Law), "Estate Planning for Everyone--A People's Law School Session on Basic Trust and Estate Issues and Beneficiary Deeds"
  • Boy Scouts of America, Adult Leader
  • Wayside Waifs, Member & Previous Board of Directors Member
  • Central America Medical Missionary Trips, Country Club Christian Church
  • Bridging the Gap, Volunteer
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association, Member
  • Shawnee Soccer Club, Coach

Recent Transactions

  • 2016-17 — Draft, negotiate and finalize 30+ commercial leases for Global 100 company, who was tenant in most cases but landlord or sublandlord in others (various states)
  • March 2017 — Co-counsel for stock sale of large Missouri industrial corporation - representing seller
  • February 2017 — Lead counsel – purchase of warehouse in Kansas City ($2.8MM)
  • January 2017 — Review and revise warranty forms and procedures for national manufacturer
  • January 2017 — Finish complex estate plan, including irrevocable trust – client with disabled child
  • December 2016 — Draft and promulgate apartment lease forms for large multifamily complex
  • September 2016 — Assist LLC client with issuance of multiple unsecured promissory notes within Federal and State securities law safe harbors
  • 2016-17 — Lead counsel and escrow agent for bulk promissory notes sales (commercial, secured) through auction.com and other brokers
  • September 2016 — Successful conclusion of large probate estate involving multiple properties, liquidation of sub-S corporation
  • Summer 2015 — Assist Canadian investor group with purchase of Kansas City residential real estate
  • July  2015 –  Represented lender in negotiations and forbearance agreement on $1.5MM secured real estate loan
  • April 2015 – Closing attorney for $7MM loan secured by industrial park
  • March 2015 – Lender’s leasing closing counsel for $86MM loan secured by technology center
  • March 2015 -- Prepared Missouri recourse loan docs and personal guarantees for $2MM transaction
  • February 2015 – Prepared HOA Declaration and Bylaws for Clay County subdivision development
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