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

  • Rated “AV” “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell for 25 years
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers - Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Included for 15 years in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Real Estate in the top Tier I category.
  • Selected by peers for 16 years for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions
    • recognized as the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Real Estate Law in Wichita, Kansas
    • recognized as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Wichita, Kansas
  • Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Wichita Bar Association
    • 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.”

Professional Experience

  • The following are samples of matters in which Mr. Harnden has represented clients over the past few years:
    • representation of the seller in the sale of an Amazon business
    • representation of the owner in the sale of multiple movie theatres
    • representation of the owner in the sale of Wendy’s franchise involving 39 stores
    • representation of the owner in the sale of a large cleaning equipment and products business
    • representation of the owner of sale of stock in a large residential and commercial real estate company
    • representation of the owner in the sale of a wholesale sign company
    • representation of the owner in the auction sale of a large western Kansas farm
    • representation of the owner in the sale of large hotel
    • representation of numerous lenders, primarily for real estate secured transactions
    • representation of numerous borrowers in financing transactions
    • representation of a client in a transaction for the purchase of land, in obtaining municipal financial incentives, and conventional financing the construction of a large movie theatre and the development of pad sites, including a ground lease to a national restaurant chain
    • representation of an FBO in an airport leasing and subleasing
    • representation of the owner in the sale of a large Kansas Flint Hills ranch
    • representation of purchaser of an office/warehouse building and land
    • representation of the purchaser of a large Wichita, Kansas core area property involving historic buildings
    • representation of a private club in the sale of a 36 hole golf and tennis club facility
    • creation of residential, office, retail and storage condominiums
    • representation of a purchaser of a beverage distributorship and distribution facility
    • representation of clients in 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 and other related documents
    • creation of entities, including corporations, both for profit and nonprofit, and limited liability companies
    • representation of the purchaser 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
    • representation of the seller in the sale 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
    • representation of the purchaser of an apartment project
    • representation of the purchaser of the assets of a graphic design/printing company along with associated mezzanine and bank financing
    • representation of the purchaser of four office buildings and one multifamily apartment project
    • representation of the owner in sale of a 100,000 square foot office building
    • representation of the owner in the sale of a Hilton Garden Inn
    • preparation of leases on behalf of a landlord with three national restaurant chains
    • representation of the owner in the sale of an assisted living facility
    • representation of a client in the purchase and ultimate sale of a large office and warehouse facility located in the Dallas, Texas area
    • representation of a client in the purchase and ultimate sale of a large building located in Memphis, Tennessee
    • representation of a client in the purchase and ultimate sale of a large warehouse located in Fayetteville, North Carolina
    • negotiation and preparation of leases throughout the United States on behalf of a national restaurant chain
    • representation of a client in the purchase and ultimate sale of assisted care and nursing home facilities
    • representation of the owner in 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, at that time
    • representation of the seller of a retail shopping center