James Kirkland began his career gathering up wins in the courtroom. Over the last several years, he brought that experience and results-driven attitude to the boardroom and to KTK.
As a young trial lawyer at the Kansas City law firm of Husch Blackwell, James brought his enthusiastic and practical approach to cases involving commercial litigation, construction litigation, medical malpractice defense, and general insurance defense.
In 2001, he moved on to join the Kansas City firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, now SNR Dentons, where he made partner in 2005. During the course of his time at SNR Dentons, James successfully tried several cases across multiple jurisdictions for various Fortune 500 companies, nationally known insurance companies, and family-owned businesses. He also focused on complex commercial litigation while leading numerous construction litigation matters and insurance coverage cases.
In 2007, James seized a valuable opportunity to become Associate General Counsel of RED Development – a retail shopping center development company based in Kansas City, and Phoenix, Arizona. In this role, James learned to be flexible and purposeful, working within a tight budget and demanding timelines. He provided counsel on a wide variety of legal issues, financing transactions, contracts, tenant disputes, defaults and collections, trademark and intellectual property issues, litigation matters, liability insurance, risk management programs, and more.
James went on to become General Counsel for RED Development and currently serves as outside general counsel for other developers, including an affiliate of Nebraska Furniture Mart in connection with a 430 acre mixed-use project. In the role of outside general counsel, James is responsible for all legal issues in connection with the development, construction, and leasing of various types of retail and mixed-use developments. James has an extensive experience in drafting, negotiating, and securing executed leases with local, regional, and national tenants on behalf of regional and national developers.
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Iowa State University, BS 1995
Drake University School of Law, 1998