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Overview

Chris’ experience on both sides of the negotiation table offers clients broad and unique skills in real estate and land-use transactions.

In addition to his legal experience, Chris formerly worked as Development Incentive Administrator for Jackson County, Missouri, evaluating local tax incentive projects. Having approached development from this perspective, Chris brings clients greater insight and collaborative approaches that are mutually beneficial.

Chris represents clients in a wide range of land-use transactions facing businesses today, such as exemptions, rezoning, variances, permits, licenses, street vacations and other legal challenges. Landlords and tenants on office, retail and industrial lease negotiations are another group of clients he serves. He guides individuals, public and private companies, and nonprofit organizations across a variety of sectors with respect to real estate acquisition, sale, leasing and financing transactions. Further, he advises developers on procurement of complex development incentives such as real property tax abatement, Brownfield remediation tax credits, tax increment financing, community improvement districts and sales tax exemption on construction materials.

Clients appreciate his understanding of government finance, local politics and economic development to effectively achieve desired results in a wide range of real estate and land-use transactions.

Dedicated to
pro bono service.
Dedicated to
pro bono service.

Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2022
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2016 and 2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • cum laude
    • University of Missouri, Kansas City Law Review
    • Urban Lawyer Law Review
  • B.A., Benedictine College
    • Economics and Business Administration
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Experience
  • 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.

Outside the Office

Chris and his wife spend their time with their young children. An avid sports fan, he also plays in several adult recreational leagues including dodgeball, softball and flag football. Chris loves cheering on his alma mater, Benedictine College’s football team. He was a former captain and three-time all-conference player for the team.

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