Petersen, John D.

6201 College BoulevardSuite 500Overland Park, KS 66211

Updated: 01/22/2014


"I love being part of a client's development team from concept to construction. The phrase 'we can't get it done' is not in my vocabulary."

John Petersen's idea of a perfect horizon is one dotted with construction cranes on client properties. This type of visual progress is an indication that he has done his job by helping clients successfully navigate the challenging waters of real estate development and finance. As Chairman of the firm's Real Estate Division, John...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder
  • Real Estate Division Chair

Practice Areas

  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Health Care Real Estate
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Public/Municipal Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Industry
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Retail
  • Zoning and Land Use


Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Other Affiliations

  • Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  • United Community Services of Johnson County (Former Director)
  • Kansas City Area Development Council (Board of Directors)
  • Urban Land Institute, Kansas Chapter (Sponsor)


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
  • Listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell's® Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use and Zoning', 2013
  • Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
  • Chief Counsel, Kansas Governor Mike Hayden
  • Gubernatorial appointee, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Presidential appointee, National Advisory Counsel to the Small Business Administration

Pro Bono Activities

  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

Past Positions

  • U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden, Chief Counsel
  • National Advisory Counsel to the Small Business Administration


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, 1978
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: President
    Law Review: Washburn University Law Review, Issue Editor
  • Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 1975
    Honors: magna cum laude

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi

Office Information


6201 College BoulevardSuite 500Overland Park, KS 66211


  • 913-451-6205


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