John E. Cruz concentrates his practice primarily on retail and office leasing. With an appreciation for the interests of both sides of a negotiation, John represents landlords and tenants. Having spent several years as a manager and contracts ‎negotiator with an international communications company, he also understands the ‎business interests, processes, and motivations involved in negotiating agreements. In addition to ‎leasing, John represents lenders, owners, developers, brokers, and tenants in a wide ‎variety of commercial real estate matters.

Practice Areas


  • Washburn University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • University of Kansas (B.A., 1994)

Legal Background

  • Contracts manager, Sprint Spectrum L.P. (Sprint PCS) (2001-2002)
  • Associate, Lewis Rice LLC (2000-2001)
  • Manager (corporate agreements), Sprint Corporate (1998-2000)
  • Contract negotiator, Sprint Communications, L.P. (1998)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section
  • Chapter member, Kansas City CCIM
  • Member, Kansas City Chapter, BOMA


  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016-2017
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual Real Estate Attorney (Missouri – Kansas City & ‎Surrounds) in the Chambers USA Guide (2010 - present)
  • Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars® 2009-2011
  • Nominated as a Rising Star in 2003 by the Georgetown University Law School ‎Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute

Representative Transactions

  • Represented a landlord in negotiating a major downtown Kansas City office lease of more than 270,000 square feet
  • Represented a major office building developer in refinancing multiple office buildings ‎with a series of new loans in excess of $200,000,000‎
  • Negotiated leases and long-term extensions and expansions of over three million ‎square feet of office space ‎
  • Negotiated numerous leases for regional and national retailers and corporate office ‎tenants ‎