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"He is a fine lawyer and a worthy adversary."

Chambers USA, 2019


Charles has played a leading role in facilitating significant public-private partnerships (P3) across the United States.

He conducts an annual survey and analysis on P3 projects nationwide and continuously evaluates trends and best practices for the unique financing tool. Charles applies his findings when advising clients and communities on projects that serve the lasting interests of businesses, government and people.

Charles, chair of the firm’s Public-Private Partnership team, also has broad experience working with complex development incentives such as community improvement districts and tax increment financing. His approach is collaborative, seeking true long-term partnerships with mutually beneficial outcomes for all public and private stakeholders.

Charles is a firm believer in competition among cities to build for the future with the goal of improving metropolitan communities for years to come. He is motivated by the satisfaction of seeing tangible results from working on a built environment project from the ground up.

"He is a fine lawyer and a worthy adversary."

Chambers USA, 2019




  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2014-2022; Real Estate Law, 2019-2022
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2018-2021, Up & Coming, 2015-2017
  • IFLR1000, Real Estate (Missouri), Highly Regarded, 2019
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2017-2018
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2015-2020; Rising Star, 2009-2010
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, "Up and Coming Lawyers," 2009


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • Order of the Barristers
    • National Moot Court Team, Best Appellate Brief
    • Student Bar Association, President, Vice-President, 1999-2000
    • UMKC Law Review, Staff, 1999-2000
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Political Science


  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Planning Association, Kansas City Section
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Featured Experience

Public-Private Pipeline Keeps Water Flowing

San Antonio, Texas, was exploring options to diversify its water supply for its growing region. A long-term contract between a private party and a governmental entity was the solution. Husch Blackwell’s P3 team was tapped to represent Garney Construction in the consortium. As Garney’s role as construction partner expanded, Charles led the company in assuming leadership of the design, construction and financing of the project. The $3.4 billion, 30-year pipeline project allows the city of San Antonio to sustain burgeoning population growth and sets an example for other P3 water projects in the United States.

Additional Experience

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

  • Represented the City of Kansas City in the P3 financing, planning and construction of its new $1 billion KCI Airport Terminal, now slated for completion in 2023.
  • Legal counsel for a consortium led by Hunt Development Group LLC, which was selected for the design, development and construction of the new Travis County civil courthouse in Austin. This project had been in the planning stage for a significant period.
  • Crafted public-private partnership (P3) structure on behalf of master developer of 55-acre expansion project at University of Kansas, including academic integrated science facility, student union, student housing in three buildings, dining center and parking spaces.
  • Represented Garney Construction, owner of $3.4 billion San Antonio Water System Vista Ridge water supply project. The 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline is the first-of-its-kind, large-scale P3 in U.S. water industry.
  • Represented Texas Infrastructure Council in drafting legislation to create P3 Center of Excellence, which provides best practice processes related to procurement of infrastructure through P3s and the development of strategic pipeline of infrastructure projects.
  • Crafted P3 structure on behalf of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for multiuse parking facility that allowed for development of $400 million nationally recognized performing arts center.
  • On behalf of developer, led formation of P3 focused on redeveloping more than 25 acres of dilapidated medical campus in heart of southern Kansas City residential community. Partnership included large hospital operator, two private development groups and the city.

Development Incentives and Tax Credits

  • Represented developer of first-of-its-kind $62 million Passive House-certified residential development in securing Chapter 353 property tax abatement from the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and tax-exempt bond financings from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Represented developer of Gallery Green, an $80 million mixed-use project, in securing 25-year, 60 percent property tax abatement. The Shared Success Fund, an economic development policy that generates more benefits throughout the broader Kansas City community, was crafted to overcome citizen opposition to project.
  • Represented Highwoods Properties in a $240 million Country Club Plaza development initiative in Kansas City, including tax increment financing application.
  • Represented clients in formation of numerous special taxing districts, including first sales tax community improvement district in Missouri and one of first such districts in Kansas.
  • Advised multifamily residential developer in undertaking and obtaining public financing for $57 million redevelopment project in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Represented developer of multiphase retail development, including public revenue bonds and tax increment financing.
  • Assisted client Milhaus in obtaining a tax abatement and tax exemptions for a mixed-use development project.
Case Studies
Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activity Center

Chris Harris had a vision for a development project—a sports-themed park anchored by a golf course in the middle of Kansas City’s urban core—that could be transformative in spurring economic development and bolstering community pride. But, to get to the first tee, there was a lot of planning, fundraising and coordination among private and public sectors. Husch Blackwell helped Chris troubleshoot problem areas and keep the project on track.

Garney Construction

At approximately 1.5 million residents, San Antonio, Texas, is one of the fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. Keeping pace with that growth—particularly the vital infrastructure required to support current and future residents—is a challenge. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) laid an ambitious plan to ensure that the city had adequate stores of water for the future in committing to the first large-scale public-private partnership (P3) for water infrastructure with the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge system, a project consisting of the production, treatment, delivery and sale to SAWS of up to 50,000 acre-feet of potable water each year for 30 years.

Hunt Development Group

When Travis County, Texas, announced plans to replace the Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse, which opened in 1931, via an alternative project delivery process, Hunt Development took the lead in putting together a consortium to bid on the project to develop a 430,000-square-foot civil and family courthouse facility. It called on Husch Blackwell’s P3 team to assist in winning the work.

Articles | January 28, 2019
Inside Higher Ed: A Few Lessons About Public-Private Partnerships

As many institutions look to public-private partnerships as a financing solution for their biggest and most important projects, Charles G. Renner describes a few of the ins and outs.

Webinar | April 2021
Kansas City Region 2021 Outlook
Speaking Engagements | September 26, 2019
Speaker, "Airport Infrastructure, " Infraday South
Seminars | April 18, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Omaha
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places Five Attorneys in ILFR's Inaugural Real Estate Rankings

Overall, the new edition represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | March 11, 2019
Husch Blackwell P3 Report and Survey Document Growing Appeal of Public-Private Partnerships

Husch Blackwell's second report on public-private partnerships show decision-makers' increased confidence in the use of P3 agreements.

Outside the Office

Charles loves spending his free time with his family.

He has three children who are active in sports, and Charles and his wife enjoy cheering them on in their extracurricular activities.

Charles is extremely interested in American history, specifically the early Civil War period. He and his family enjoy traveling the United States and exploring historical sites. He is also an avid runner who has run a few marathons.

Community Leadership
  • Citizens Association
  • Kansas City Consensus, President, 2004-2016
  • South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
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