Charles F. Miller is the Chairman of the Real Estate Department at the Firm's Kansas City office. The varied nature of his real estate clients provides him the opportunity to work on a wide spectrum of real estate projects and issues. In addition to working extensively in areas such as sales, purchases, leasing, financing, and joint ventures, a significant amount of Charlie's practice includes working on real estate development, redevelopment, government approvals, and development incentives. He is well versed in issues related to planning, zoning, platting, bond financing, alternative financing, and governmental incentives for development, job growth, and business relocations such as tax increment financing, tax abatement, assessment and sales tax districts, and tax credits. He is accustomed to working on both small and large projects while being confronted with complex development and financing challenges. Charlie works aggressively in a collaborative manner to solve problems and achieve his clients' goals. When dealing with the issues presented in real estate projects, he draws on experience obtained from working with attorneys, developers, lenders, investment bankers, city officials, and other professionals throughout the country and particularly in the greater Kansas City area.

A noteworthy aspect of Charlie's practice is the numerous large projects on which he has been able to render legal services. Some of the projects early in his career included purchasing the assets of a large development company (several hundred industrial, retail, office, and vacant warehouse properties); the redevelopment of a downtown Kansas City block into One Kansas City Place (tallest office building in Missouri); the development of Barry Towne (346-acre mixed use development); and the redevelopment of three downtown Kansas City blocks into the Town Pavilion (38-story office/retail building, 29-story office building, three historic rehabilitations, and two parking garages). Recent large projects include the Plaza Colonnade ($72 million public/private venture resulting in the demolition of a public library building and construction of a new library, office building, retail shops, and a parking garage); Park Place ($125 million suburban mixed use project); Lenexa City Center (proposed 69-acre, 2 million square foot suburban mixed use project); and Summit Fair Shopping Center (500,000 square feet of retail).

Charlie provides conventional real estate legal services as well as structuring and obtaining government approvals on a variety of development incentives and financing including tax increment financing, bonds, tax abatement, state supplemental tax increment financing, community improvement districts, transportation development districts, other assessment districts and tax credits.

Charlie is regularly recognized by rating services and his peers for his skills as a real estate attorney. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® 1997-2023 for Real Estate and Land Use and Zoning Law; was named "Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year" for 2012, 2016, and 2019, and "Real Estate Lawyer of the Year" for 2010 and 2015 for Kansas City, MO by Best Lawyers®; and was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2005-2020. Charlie also has a tier one rank in Chambers and Partners America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and is a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Finally, Charlie was named "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal" for 2018 and 2019.

Practice Areas


  • University of Missouri at Columbia (J.D., 1979)
    • Missouri Law Review, note and comment editor
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • University of Missouri (A.B., summa cum laude, 1976)
    • Political Science
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Legal Background

  • Guest lecturer, joint J.D./M.B.A. program, University of Missouri at Kansas City (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Adjunct professor of law, University of Missouri at Kansas City (1983)
  • Guest lecturer, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Leadership Academy

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Vice President, and President, Missouri Economic Development Finance Association
  • Advisory Board, Real Estate Law Society, University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law
  • Local Board of Directors, NAIOP Association of Commercial Real Estate
  • Property Law Committee, Missouri Bar
  • Past Chairman and member, Real Estate Law Committee, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Board of Editors, Shopping Center Legal Update, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Missouri Advisory Committee, Council of Development Finance Association


  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Downtown Council
  • Business/Economic Development Committee of Local Investment Commission
  • Board of Directors, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • Kansas City, MO Committee and GRO-KC Development Review Group, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • FOCUS Kansas City
  • Kansas City, MO Impact Fee Advisory Committee
  • Kansas City, MO Chapter 353 Redevelopment Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors and President, Town & Country Homes Association