Ron H. Harnden


Mr. Harnden was born in Liberal, Kansas, and graduated from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas in 1970. He obtained his law degree at Washburn University School of Law in 1973, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Washburn Law Journal. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Harnden served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred G. Schroeder, a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Prior to entering the law firm legal practice, Mr. Harnden practiced law as in-house counsel for two energy-related businesses.

Admitted to practice

  • Kansas, 1973
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas

Honors, Affiliations and Professional Memberships

  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers - Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Included in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Real Estate and Corporate/M&A
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Chambers USA American Leading Lawyers for Business has included the following comment:
    • “Bearer of a fine and long history in this market, Ron Harnden is considered to be one of the finest real estate lawyers in Kansas, especially at the entrepreneurial end of the field. In addition to his real estate practice, Harnden is a successful corporate and M&A Lawyer who has a particular reputation for financing work. His longevity in the market means that he can offer his clients a wealth of advantageous contracts.”

Community Involvement

  • United Methodist Youthville Foundation, Inc.
  • United Methodist Open Door, Inc.

Professional Experience

  • The following are samples of matters in which Mr. Harnden has represented clients over the past few years:
    • sale of large hotel
    • representation of lenders, primarily for real estate secured transactions
    • representation of borrowers in financing transactions
    • representation of FBO in an airport lease and sublease
    • the sale of a very large Kansas ranch
    • the purchase of an office/warehouse building and land
    • the purchase of a large core area property involving four historic buildings
    • creating residential and office condominium project
    • an asset purchase of a beverage distributorship and distribution facility
    • donations of land to school districts, municipalities and nonprofit entities
    • numerous purchases and sales of raw land
    • numerous purchases and sales of improved properties
    • preparation of development documents in connection with numerous residential and commercial development projects, including sales contract forms and declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions
    • creation of entities, including corporations, both for profit and nonprofit, and limited liability companies
    • the purchase of all of the outstanding capital stock of a long standing corporation in the business of manufacturing and selling cleaning products
    • preparation of residential purchase contracts, including builder financed contracts, owner financed contracts and cost-plus building contracts
    • the purchase of land and financing for the construction and operation of a hotel project
    • the purchase and sale of interests in limited liability companies
    • the sale of three Tractor Supply Company stores and leases
    • the sale and purchase of medical clinic properties
    • preparation of build-to-suit leases and financing documentation on behalf of the landlord for outdoor adventure retail stores
    • preparation of a build-to-suit lease for the landlord concerning a 162,000 square foot office and warehouse facility lease to Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.
    • the sale of 31 Papa John’s Pizza stores and related assets
    • preparation of leases on behalf of landlords for retail strip centers
    • the purchase of an apartment project containing approximately 200 units
    • representation of the purchaser of the assets of a large graphic design/printing company along with associated mezzanine and bank financing
    • the purchase of four office buildings and one multifamily apartment project
    • sale of a 100,000 square foot office building
    • the sale of a Hilton Garden Inn
    • preparation of leases on behalf of a landlord with three national restaurant chains
    • preparation of documents for an 83 unit executive storage condominium project
    • the sale of an assisted living facility
    • the sale of a large office and warehouse facility located in the Dallas, Texas area
    • the sale of a large building located in Memphis, Tennessee
    • the sale of a large warehouse located in Fayetteville, North Carolina
    • negotiation and preparation of leases on behalf of tenant throughout the country on behalf of a national restaurant chain
    • the sale of several office buildings in a transaction referenced in the Wichita Business Journal as being the largest, commercial transaction in the history of Wichita, Kansas
    • representation of the seller of a retail shopping center