Practice Areas:

  • Banking
  • Business Services
  • Business Transactions
  • Real Estate

Michael J. Book

Practice Focus:

  • Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Sales and Purchases
    • Development
    • Leasing
    • Zoning and Land-Use Planning

He works on a daily basis with real estate investors and developers on a regional and national scope.
Primary clients in his real estate practice have included:

    • A major regional grocery store chain
    • Shopping center developers
    • Management companies
  • Lease Negotiations & Drafting
    • Retail Properties (including national franchises)
    • Offices
    • Commercial and Industrial Properties
    • Residential Properties
  • Private and Public Financing
    • Tax Increment Financing
    • Improvement Districts
    • Sales Tax Enhancements

His private financing work has focused on asset-based lending transactions such as real estate mortgages, ground leasing and other forms of security. His practice includes financing and refinancing transactions involving:

    • National, regional and local banks
    • Fannie Mae
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC)
    • Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing
  • Corporate Formation, Structure and Governance
    • Business Transactions
    • Corporate Governance
    • Commercial Finance

He has served and continues to serve as general counsel for multiple business organizations including:

    • Commercial Real Estate Firms
    • Global Foreign-market Expansion Consulting Company
    • Auto-transport Brokerage Firm
    • Residential Housing Developers
    • Non-profit Organizations

He has handled multi-million dollar secured financings, mergers, acquisitions and asset sales. He counsels clients
on all aspects of large and small business operations, including:

    • Employment Matters
    • Business Succession Planning
    • Vendor Agreements
    • Dispute Resolution
  • Non-profit Organizations
    • Formation and Corporation
    • Governance Issues
      • Counseling organizations with respect to inclusion in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops IRS Group Ruling exemption.


  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law – 2001
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Emporia State University – 1997
    • Magna Cum Laude


  • Kansas, 2001
  • Missouri, 2002


  • University of Kansas Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 3 (2000)
  • Award for Distinguished Client Service (Lathrop & Gage)


In addition to his practice, Mr. Book has served as an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Finance at the University Of Kansas School Of Law.  Mr. Book is a native of Topeka, Kansas, where he attended Topeka West High School (’93). He is married to Sarah (Muessig) Book (Miege ’91), and has five children – Caleb, Molly, Frances, Will and Sean. They live in Shawnee, Kansas.


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