Michael J. Book

Practice Focus:

Real Estate Development

  • Real Estate Sales and Purchases
  • Development
  • Leasing

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:

  • Shopping center developers
  • One of the region's largest residential developers
  • Management companies
  • A major regional grocery store chain
  • An international big-box furniture retailer
  • A national electronics and furniture retailer

Lease Negotiations & Drafting

He understands that the economic driver of all commercial real estate transactions are the leases, and he has extensive experience with various types of commercial leasing, including:

  • Retail Properties (including national franchises)
  • Offices
  • Commercial and Industrial Properties

Real Estate Financing

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/li>
  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Finance

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

  • Commercial Real Estate Firms
  • 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:

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Dispute Resolution


  • 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, Frankie, Will and Sean. They live in Shawnee, Kansas.


Practice Areas:

  • Banking
  • Business Services
  • Business Transactions
  • Real Estate
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