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2021 Annual Real Estate Institute

Practice Area:
Real Property
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Welcome Message
Planning Co-Chairs: Carrie L. Hermeling
, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis; Harry M. (Mark) Murray IV, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis  

Record Retention Policy     
Speaker: Laura C. Robinson
, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis  

COVID and its Effect on Leasing, Lending, and Foreclosures   
Moderator: Gregory D. Todd, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City
Speakers: Thomas J. Fritzlen, Jr. and Beverly M. Weber, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City; Amy T. Ryan, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis

Updates in Title Insurance/Real Estate    
Speaker: John T. Banjak
, Banjak & Associates, LLC, Clayton

Ethical Responsibilities Associated with Remote Real Estate Practice     
Speaker: John D. Donnelly
, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


Speaker Bio

John Banjak's Profile

John Banjak Related seminars and products

Principal & General Counsel

Banjak & Associates, LLC

John T. Banjak, Esq. is a principal and general counsel of True Title Company, LLC, a full-service residential and commercial title agency based in St. Louis, Missouri, and managing member of Banjak & Associates, a law firm specializing in real estate and business transactions. John earned his B.S. degree in Finance from Indiana University and his J.D. law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He has extensive experience in all facets of the title insurance & real estate industries from a legal, title underwriting and consulting standpoint.

Before opening True Title in 2012, John served as president and general counsel for three reputable St. Louis title agencies and as regional underwriting counsel for a national title insurance underwriter.  He also served as senior vice president and general counsel for Pulaski Bank. Prior to entering the title insurance field, John worked as a private practice attorney and as an assistant attorney general for the state of Missouri.

He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, and is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. John lectures frequently on real estate and title-related matters for organizations such as National Business Institute, Lorman Educational Services, Missouri Land Title Association and The Missouri Bar. He previously taught real estate law as an adjunct instructor for the St. Louis Community College District. Community involvement has included serving as Civil Service Hearing Commissioner for Metropolitan Sewer District and Chairman of City of Kirkwood Citizen’s Finance Committee, and currently as board member for AMIkids St. Louis and Kirkwood School District Foundation Board.

John Donnelly's Profile

John Donnelly Related seminars and products

Husch Blackwell

John Donnelly researches and counsels the firm’s attorneys on conflicts of interest issues, supervises and provides training to staff on conflicts clearing functions, drafts conflicts waiver letters, reviews client engagement materials, and assists with other risk management projects. He received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law; M.P.A. from Saint Louis University; and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, history, political science.

Thomas Fritzlen's Profile

Thomas Fritzlen Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Tom Fritzlen, Jr., is a partner in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group. He represents some of the largest financial institutions in the country and has substantial experience in general civil and complex litigation involving commercial transactions, banking, creditors' rights, real estate and construction.

He has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, acted as lead trial counsel in numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, successfully resolved numerous matters through mediation, and has won arbitration awards in construction and creditors’ rights matters.

Tom’s practice is founded on preparation and communication, and his incredibly strong skills in these areas lend to his success in developing creative solutions for his clients. A dedicated problem-solver, Tom employs a proactive approach in counseling his clients and ensures integrity in every interaction.  

Under his direction, Tom’s prior firm was a 10-time winner of the United States Foreclosure Network (USFN) Diamond Award of Excellence, demonstrating his commitment to high quality.

A frequent speaker, Tom has presented at national and local legal and creditor’s rights conferences, and numerous educational seminars approved for CLE, as well as at dozens of onsite client trainings and industry events. He has covered topics including commercial transactions, mechanic’s liens, Missouri and Kansas foreclosure, eviction, litigation and bankruptcy, and topics related to practice management and information technology. 

Tom is also passionate about and active in mentoring other attorneys at the firm with a focus on the future of the legal profession.

Caroline Hermeling's Profile

Caroline Hermeling Related seminars and products


Husch Blackwell, LLP

Carrie Hermeling leads the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction industry team. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Commercial Real Estate Women and frequently speaks on topics relevant to the real estate, development and construction industries.


Carrie has been lead litigation counsel in real estate, development and construction-related disputes, including claims involving construction projects, real estate sale contracts, commercial leases, broker agreements, easements and restrictive covenants; foreclosures (nonjudicial and judicial) and post-foreclosure other real-estate owned (OREO) title-related and land use-related claims; real estate tax sales and appeals; valuation litigation in the eminent domain context involving commercial and residential properties; development-related disputes involving land acquisition, rezoning, conditional-use permits, and mechanics’ liens; receiverships relating to restaurants and apartment complexes; and constitutional challenges to economic incentive financing and governmental actions.

Harry Murray's Profile

Harry Murray Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Mark Murray concentrates his practice in real estate and related matters, including transactions, leasing, real estate lending, secured transactions, loan workouts and foreclosures, development projects, easement law, eminent domain and property disputes. He advises clients ranging from publicly traded companies and banks to individual commercial real estate investors and municipalities on a wide variety of projects. These encompass smaller investments under $1 million to deals in excess of $25 million.

He also represents both landlords and tenants in the negotiation and enforcement of commercial leases. Mark handles other real estate-related matters including property tax appeals and exemptions and eminent domain issues. His experience includes helping clients with various municipal issues, including subdivision approvals, re-zonings, variances, conditional uses and other matters.

In addition to his regular practice, Mark provides pro bono legal services for several religious and charitable organizations.

Laura Robinson's Profile

Laura Robinson Related seminars and products

Husch Blackwell LLP

As a commercial litigator, Laura maintains a broad practice helping clients find the optimal path for moving forward and mitigating risk.

Hospitals, insurance companies, corporations and business owners across industry sectors are among the large and small clients in Missouri and Arkansas that rely on Laura’s advocacy in state and federal courts, on appeal, and before state governing boards. Within her varied commercial litigation practice, Laura defends and counsels clients on matters including business disputes, construction disputes, discrimination and retaliation claims, mechanic's liens, boundary and title issues, tax assessments, and product safety.

Knowing that proactive compliance can be the most cost-effective defense, Laura counsels clients, particularly in the education sector, on measures that mitigate risk. Whether working with clients at a pre-emptive stage or facing litigation, what Laura finds most rewarding is identifying the best course for moving forward and minimizing future exposure. Additionally, Laura regularly devotes her skills to pro bono casework.

Amy Ryan's Profile

Amy Ryan Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale

Amy Ryan is a partner in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group with more than 20 years of experience handling real estate litigation and creditors’ rights matters.

Amy has worked on several major federal litigation cases involving complex title insurance coverage as well as a multimillion-dollar action for fraud and replevin of farm equipment and crops.  Her practice often involves real estate, consumer lending, creditors’ rights and business law.

Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Amy was a shareholder and managing partner for the St. Louis office of another Missouri law firm.

Gregory Todd's Profile

Gregory Todd Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Gregory Todd is a partner in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group, focusing on real estate and creditors’ rights matters in both Missouri and Kansas. He is particularly skilled in matters involving foreclosure law and resolution of real estate title defects.

Greg represents banks, mortgage servicers and individuals and they rely on his knowledge of the complexities and nuances related to this area of the law. He also has significant experience in drafting both commercial and residential loan documents, as well as handling commercial real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Greg was a shareholder at another Kansas City area law firm. Before that, he worked as an attorney at a Kansas-based default servicing company.

Beverly Weber's Profile

Beverly Weber Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Beverly Weber is a partner in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group with nearly 20 years of experience. She is committed to the success of her clients and handles contentious matters, primarily in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court.

Her matters often involve banking, real estate, consumer lending, creditors’ rights, insurance defense, probate litigation and business law. Further, Bev has extensive experience handling commercial loan transactions from origination through default and into litigation.

Bev has built her reputation speaking locally and nationally to industry members and clients, and for continuing legal education credit, in the areas of secured transactions, litigation trends, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, financial compliance and real estate titling.

Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Bev was a shareholder at another Kansas City area firm.

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