Janet Kalt O'Bannon's practice centers on large and mid-scale commercial and industrial real estate transactions. Her commercial real estate practice focuses on sales, acquisitions, development and/or redevelopment, leasing, and management of real estate interests in shopping centers, multi-use developments, and other commercial properties. Janet also has extensive experience in the analysis, transfer, and management of oil industry real estate interests, historic title analysis, condemnation and easement matters. She works closely with both corporate and individual clients to navigate transaction complexities and achieve optimal results.

Practice Areas


  • University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1995)
  • University of Nebraska (B.A., 1986)
    • Urban Studies and Economics
  • Kansas City Art Institute (Fine Arts Certificate)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • CREW-KC, Kansas City Commercial Real Estate Women


  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Society of Fellows, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Golf Tournament Committee, CREW-KC annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • Volunteer, Kansas City Art Institute
  • Together for Hope West

Honors & Awards

  • Past Assistant Articles Editor, ABA Real Property, Trusts and Estates Journal
  • Women in Commercial Real Estate, Midwest Real Estate News(2016-2017)
  • Top-16 finalist, Scribes National Law Review Competition
  • Recipient, UMKC Candler S. Rogers Writing Award

Representative Transactions

  • Entertainment company - complex leasing transactions.
  • Industrial company - acquisition of industrial properties and easements
  • Condemnation of commercial properties
  • Shopping center redevelopment
  • Acquisition of commercial restaurant properties by a national franchisee
  • Sale of four regional shopping centers in the Midwest and Southern U.S.