Greg Musil

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia (1983 – Inactive)
Kansas (1987)
Missouri (1989)
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Quick Contact

Douthit Frets Rouse Gentile & Rhodes, LLC
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 647-7963
Email: gmusil@dfrglaw.com

Education:

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1983
    Virginia Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • Kansas State University, B.S, 1980
    cum laude

EXPERIENCE

Greg Musil is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully resolved business and commercial disputes for clients since 1987. He is committed to finding a business answer to his clients’ problems and disputes. He has worked with individual entrepreneurs, small businesses and America’s largest companies to craft cost-effective and valuable solutions that focus on the client’s principles and goals. Greg has successfully handled disputes ranging from straightforward contract breaches to complex issues in condemnation, real estate development, warranty, corporate transactions, probate and trust challenges, and class actions. His dispute resolution experience includes mediation, arbitration, as well as administrative, bench and jury trials in Kansas and Missouri.

Greg’s diverse practice includes an emphasis on real property issues including eminent domain, land use and zoning, acquisition of economic development incentives, valuation of real property and property tax appeals and exemptions. He served on the City Council of the second largest city in Kansas from 1993 to 2001, giving him a unique perspective on municipal and local government land use, zoning and development opportunities. Greg has represented owners and developers in projects as diverse as multi-family, office, hotel and restaurant, and significant mixed-use projects in the greater Kansas City area.

“My mentors advised me as a young lawyer to listen to and learn from my clients, to understand what success looks like from their perspective, to find the best legal and practical solution, and then to pursue that end with vigor.”

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Zoning, Land Use and Incentives

REPRESENTATIVE RESULTS

  • Achieved a defense verdict following a two-week jury trial on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts in a Kansas state court lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and unfair competition
  • Won summary judgment in federal court on behalf of major telecommunications company on claims for contractual indemnity
  • Successfully acquired lengthy right-of-way for natural gas pipeline in Missouri, including negotiation and exercise of condemnation rights
  • Challenged compensation award by Missouri city for expansion of its airport and successfully attained significantly more favorable award
  • Litigated and obtained favorable jury verdict for aviation manufacturer against breach of contract and warranty claims
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of national charitable hospital organization to obtain favorable distribution of estate and trust assets.
  • Represented many owners and developers in obtaining zoning or plan approval, including public-private incentives, for development of retail, office, mixed-use and residential properties.

HONORS

  • Johnson County Bar Association Justinian Award for Professional Excellence (2013)
    Premier award of Association based on integrity, service to the community, service to the legal profession, warmth, friendliness and camaraderie.
  • Best Lawyers in America (recognition since 2005)
    Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (Kansas) (recognition since 2003)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Recognition (recognition since 2005)
  • Overland Park Rotary Club Distinguished Service Award (2009)
  • William T. Kemper Foundation Community Service Award (2008)
  • Kansas State University Blue Key Alumnus of the Year (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Kansas Bar (1987)
  • Missouri Bar (1989)
  • District of Columbia Bar (1983 – Inactive)
  • Kansas Bar Association
    Chair, 2015 Annual Meeting Planning Committee
    Chair, Legislative Committee (2010-2011)
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Board of Directors (1994-1996)
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce (Chair 2008)
  • Johnson Countians for Justice/Merit Selection Referendum (Chair 2007-2008)
  • Kansas Leadership Center Board of Directors (2007-present)
  • Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies Advancement Council (Chair 2005-2008)
  • Wyandotte Health Foundation Board of Trustees (1997-2010)
  • Bethany Medical Center Board of Trustees (1991-1997)
  • Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors (1996-1998)

PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Author: What’s More Appealing Than Property Taxes? Recent Kansas Legislative Changes Make This Year An Opportune Time To Appeal Yours (June 2014)
  • Panelist: Politics in the Court: Why Fair and Impartial Courts Matter to the Business Community – Joint Presentation of the Kansas City Civic Council, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Council on Economic Development and Justice at Stake (June 2013)
  • Faculty: Land Use Primer – City Attorneys Association of Kansas (June 2013)
  • Faculty: The Appraiser as an Expert Witness – 78th Annual Conference on Assessment Administration – IAAO National Conference (September 2012)
  • Panelist: Selecting Appellate Judges – Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (Fall 2010)
  • Panelist: Anatomy of a Merit Selection Victory – American Bar Association Mid-Year Convention, with the American Judicature Society, ABA Coalition for Justice and ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence (February 2009)
  • Author: Institute of Professionals in Taxation – Overview of 50 State’s Kansas Chapter (1995-2003)
  • Author: American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook – Kansas Chapter (1995 – present)
  • Presenter: Jury Selection Considerations in Commercial Litigation – Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court (October 2005)
  • Author: Life, the Law and a Kansas Farm Boy – Journal of the Kansas Bar (September 2005)

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • U.S. Army Reserves, ROTC (1975-1977)
  • U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Legislative Assistant (1983-1987)
  • Overland Park, Kansas, City Council (1993-2001; Council President 1999-2000)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee (1993-1996)
  • Kansas Supreme Court Client Protection Fund Commission (1996-2002; Chair 2001/2002)
  • Kansas Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Commission (2003-2009; Chair 2008-2009)
  • Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees (2011-present)