Working on the line at the local Ford Motor Company plant was enough to convince Jerry Murphy to become a “suit and tie guy.” This, along with having an uncle who was a judge, led Jerry to pursue a career in the law. He attended Georgetown Law School, where he served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, and worked as a messenger for the United States Supreme Court. One of his duties as a messenger was to drive Justice William O. Douglas to work every day. For a number of years after law school, Jerry remained in the Washington, D.C. area, practicing in real estate litigation. Jerry then moved back to Kansas City, where he developed a highly successful commercial real estate and financing practice. Respected among his peers, Jerry recently served as vice chairman of the Missouri Bar’s property law section. In his spare time, Jerry is an avid reader and sports fan, and he enjoys fly fishing.
Jerry represents clients in a wide range of sophisticated commercial real estate related transactions. His clients include purchasers and sellers of commercial real estate and developers, general contractors, owners, architects and brokers in the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts, professional services agreements and other documents in connection with real estate development. He has significant experience drafting real estate finance documents and reviewing due diligence materials in connection with commercial real estate financings. Jerry is experienced in transactions that involve the use of federal and state or local tax credits.
Jerry has represented large buyers of large groups of cellular telephone towers (two transactions in excess of $1.5 billion) and their associated ground leases. He represented developers of a multimillion-dollar 2,000-acre mixed use development on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, as well as a 300-acre resort development in Colorado’s Vail Valley. He has represented owners of numerous condominium developments and shopping centers in the Midwest. He has represented clients in connection with loan foreclosures and tax sale proceedings; sometimes representing the owner and other times representing the lender.
Jerry represents banking and lending clients, as well as corporate clients seeking financing. His experience includes structuring and documenting sophisticated loan transactions including letters of credit, revolving lines of credit, construction and permanent loans, mezzanine loans and other forms of financing secured by various forms of real property.