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2023 Annual Real Estate Institute

Total Credits: 4.2 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 4.0 Kansas Credit, 0.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Real Property
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Chair: Mark Murray, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis 
Vice Chair: Beverly M. Weber, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City 

8:30-9:26 a.m. | Environmental considerations for real estate inside and outside of bankruptcy 
Speakers: Eric Chafetz
, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, New York, NY; John J. Cruciani, Husch Blackwell LLP, Kansas City; Amy L. Wachs, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis 

9:26-10:20 a.m. | Cannabis panel
Andrew J. Goodwin, Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC, Kansas City; Paul J. Cambridge, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis; Brandon H. Deshler, Fidelity National Financial, Lee's Summit

10:20-10:40 a.m. | Break

10:40-11:28 a.m. | Missouri Case law update
Speakers: Kristen R. Koerber, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City; Elizabeth L. Grube, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis
A summary overview of relevant case law impacting real estate practice in Missouri.   This session will review case updates include law impacting leasing, short-term rentals, tax sales and foreclosures, and important clarifications regarding the reformation of deeds, among other important updates to Missouri law.  

11:28 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Hot topics in housing discrimination
Speaker: Camille Roe, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City
This CLE will discuss common issues in housing discrimination, recent developments in the regulations governing housing discrimination laws, and identify ways to identify, address, and mitigate discrimination in housing.
The session provides an overview of federal and state laws which govern housing discrimination, including recent changes in the law, discusses the additional protections afforded to individuals with disabilities and the obligations of property owners to provide reasonable accommodations, discusses other practices that result in ethnic and racial housing discrimination, and offers recommendation for identifying, addressing, and mitigating discrimination in housing. 


JUN 2 | Harry M. (Mark) Murray, IV & Elizabeth L. Grube



Paul Cambridge's Profile

Paul Cambridge Related Seminars and Products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

As a member of the Corporate Services and Financial and Real Estate Services practice groups, Paul Cambridge provides legal services to clients of all sizes and structures – from entrepreneurial startups to large, publicly held companies. He counsels clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities matters, and lending transactions. Paul has significant experience advising clients on matters related to entity formation and planning, corporate governance, contract negotiation, strategic planning, debt and equity financing, securities law, banking and lending regulatory compliance, joint ventures, and other business law matters. While heavily focused on the financial services industry, he counsels clients within a broad range of industries, including private equity, venture capital, technology, manufacturing, real estate, life sciences, construction, education, and health care.
As the leader of the firm’s Financial Services and Banking industry team, Paul works with an interdisciplinary group of attorneys from different areas of expertise within the firm to provide a full range of legal services to clients in the financial services industry, including banks, bank holding companies, credit unions, mortgage companies and other lenders.
Paul is a frequent author and speaker on legal and regulatory topics that impact the financial services industry, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law, federal banking regulations, strategic planning and marijuana banking.


Eric Chafetz's Profile

Eric Chafetz Related Seminars and Products

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Eric also has a strong track record in bankruptcy-related litigation, including investigating and prosecuting actions against officers, directors, and lenders, as well as in prosecuting and defending preference/fraudulent transfer actions.
Eric is a frequent speaker on current bankruptcy and creditors’ rights topics, including serving as a guest lecturer at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, where he has lectured on such subjects as the intersection of bankruptcy and construction law. He participated in the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission's Avoidance Power Subcommittee's study of aspects of the Bankruptcy Code involving preferences, creditors' reclamation rights, and creditors' rights under Section 503(b)(9). Eric is also a prolific author, and has published numerous articles addressing various cutting-edge issues in journals geared toward trade and other categories of creditors, including publications by the National Association of Credit Management, the Credit Research Foundation, and the New York Law Journal.


Brandon Deshler's Profile

Brandon Deshler Related Seminars and Products

Fidelity National Financial

Brandon Deshler served 10 years in the US Marine Corps. He holds a BA in Political Science, and Juris Doctor. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Rhode Island. Brandon began working in title insurance in 2012, and is currently Underwriting Counsel for Fidelity National Financial. 

John Cruciani's Profile

John Cruciani Related Seminars and Products

Husch Blackwell LLP

Leader of the firm's Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy team, John counsels clients on bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors' rights and commercial litigation matters.
He regularly represents debtors, trustee, creditors, committees and buyers in bankruptcy actions, and he has substantial bankruptcy experience within the manufacturing industry. He effectively defends many bankruptcy preference and fraudulent transfer actions on behalf of manufacturers and other firm clients. He is board-certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and is a CPA in Missouri.


Andrew Goodwin's Profile

Andrew Goodwin Related Seminars and Products

Goodwin Johnston LLC

Andrew (Drew) Goodwin is an experienced litigator who focuses the majority of his practice on representing plaintiffs in complex cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death—particularly matters involving commercial motor vehicles, insurance bad faith, traumatic brain injuries, and fires.
When Drew says he has extensive experience with matters involving commercial motor vehicle accidents, he means it. He has litigated trucking cases in more than 20 states, and he draws on that background to obtain superior results for his personal injury clients. An aggressive trial attorney who has handled everything from insurance coverage and bad faith to products liability and complex business disputes, Drew has a keen skill for maximizing the value of a case by convincing juries, judges, and opposing counsel of that value. As chair of the firm’s personal injury practice group, Drew has recovered millions of dollars for his clients, including numerous seven-figure results.


Elizabeth Grube's Profile

Elizabeth Grube Related Seminars and Products

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Libby is an associate in Armstrong Teasdale’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group. Her practice includes counseling clients involved in real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, purchase and sale, and financing. In addition to her real estate practice, Libby draws on her previous experience as a judicial law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas to help her clients navigate issues involving restructuring, insolvency, or bankruptcy. Libby is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, Business Law Section, and Business Bankruptcy Committee. 

Kristen Koerber's Profile

Kristen Koerber Related Seminars and Products

Lathrop GPM LLP

An associate in the firm’s Financial and Real Estate Services practice group, Kristen Koerber advises clients in all facets of real estate and finance transactions.
Kristen focuses her practice on representing municipalities, developers, investors, financial institutions, governmental bodies and other public and private entities in all aspects of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, leasing, financing, development and construction of real property. She counsels clients on matters involving the issuance of notes and bonds related to Missouri Chapter 100, community improvement districts (CIDs), tax increment financing (TIF), transportation development districts (TDDs) and Kansas industrial revenue bonds (IRBs).
In addition, Kristen regularly drafts closing documents including estoppel certificates, various types of deeds, opinion letters, assignment and licensing agreements, corporate resolutions and third-party consents. She also drafts motions and petitions in complex litigation cases involving commercial transactions, banking, creditors’ rights, real estate and construction.
Her prior experience as a judicial intern and research assistant lends to her ability to assist with a wide range of contentious and noncontentious matters.


Camille Roe's Profile

Camille Roe Related Seminars and Products

Quarles & Brady LLP

Camille focuses on employment litigation, including defending against state and federal claims. Her experience includes defending suits brought by private parties and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has extensive trial experience, having litigated numerous labor and employment matters at trial and in arbitration. In addition, she has handled cases involving discrimination claims related to race, age, disability and sex; sexual harassment; and retaliatory discharge.

Camille works with a wide range of employers to provide timely and practical counseling to address both day-to-day and unique challenges in the workplace. She offers creative “out of the box” solutions to her clients to address the ever-changing employment landscape. She counsels clients on the application of existing laws and regulations and anticipates the possible impact of new laws and regulations on clients’ employment practices.

While attending law school, Camille served as a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Solicitor, where she assisted with investigating and litigating OSHA, MSHA and FLSA claims. Prior to joining private practice, Camille served as law clerk to Judge Jack R. Grate, circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.

Camille received her B.A. from Avila University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Amy Wachs's Profile

Amy Wachs Related Seminars and Products

Husch Blackwell LLP

Amy advises developers, business owners, lenders and business investors on strategies for managing environmental matters that arise in transactional matters. Her counsel includes strategic planning, due diligence, document drafting and negotiation, development considerations and environmental liability management.
Another area of focus is environmental cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties nationwide. Amy has successfully resolved difficult cleanup issues leading to redevelopment at Superfund and other significant environmental cleanup sites, as well as at more routine dry cleaner and gas station locations. She has worked with Brownfield statutes and voluntary cleanup programs in numerous states, leading to successful property reuse. 

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