David E. Waters

A diverse network of clients in the real estate, governmental, business, health care and hospitality industries trusts David Waters to successfully handle all manner of development, transactional, contractual, planning and zoning, legislative and administrative, health care and licensing projects.

In his real estate and business practice, David assists local and national clients in connection with all phases of commercial, retail and industrial development including leasing, land use, governmental approvals and public incentives, and he supports clients with the formation, sale and acquisition of businesses and practices. He maintains an active practice in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, advising on design and construction projects and delivery methods. In his health care practice, he handles and focuses on hospital and medical office development, medical office leasing, condominium and property tax concerns and governance of public or municipal facilities.

His municipal and public law practice extends to local cities and school districts, and he counsels these clients with respect to governmental authority and procedures, economic development, legislative policy and administrative enforcement. David is an elected official himself, serving as the Mayor for Westwood, Kansas, in the Kansas City area. Prior to that, he served on the Westwood City Council, the Westwood Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, and on the 47th and Mission Road Area Redevelopment and Management Committee. This municipal experience and enables David to more effectively represent businesses and other private clients and he regularly appears on their behalf before governmental entities. 

David is a recognized leader in his community, and he helps his clients develop important relationships with decision-makers and thought-leaders. In 2019, he was recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as one of the “50 Kansans You Should Know.” He is active with the board of directors of the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as the Chairman of the Chamber's board of directors and executive committee. He has been selected to Leadership Kansas, and in 2015 received the Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences Young Alumni Award. He has also served on the College’s Arts & Sciences Alumni Advisory Council.

David works with members of the hospitality industry—from hotels, to restaurants, entertainment venues and grocery stores—with their licensing needs. David is also engaged with the local start-up community—understanding the partnership, funding, technology and media issues facing entrepreneurs, creatives and investors—and he strives to bring an entrepreneurial approach to his own practice. 

He is married, the father of two sons, and has completed two marathons. You can follow him on Twitter @davidewaters where he regularly provides professional content and commentary.


  • Presenter, Nuisance Abatement, City Attorneys Association of Kansas City Spring Meeting, 2021
  • Moderator, Las Vegas Industrial Outlook — How has the Pandemic Changed the Industrial Sector in Nevada?, Shopping Center Business and Heartland Real Estate Business Webinar, October 21, 2020
  • Moderator, Greater Kansas City Retail Outlook: How is the Greater Kansas City Area Retail Sector Responding to COVID-19?, Shopping Center Business and Heartland Real Estate Business Webinar, September 16, 2020 
  • Presenter, UMKC REALTOR Leadership Academy, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, 2020
  • Panelist, Public Comments at City Meetings: Doing City Business and Respecting 1st Amendment Rights, City Attorneys Association of Kansas Fall Meeting, 2019
  • Moderator, Institutional Investment into the Midwest; ICSC Heartland States Idea Exchange, 2019
  • Panelist, Economic Development Council, Kansas City Women's Chamber of Commerce, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, Beer Law and Beer Hall Economics, Rockhurst University (Kansas City) MBA Program, 2019
  • Presenter, Working with Neighborhoods in Rezoning, Kansas City MultiFamily Investing Group, 2019
  • Co-presenter, Municipal Finance and Economic Development: Introduction to Public Incentives, Governing Body Institute, League of Kansas Municipalities, 2018
  • Co-presenter, Bring it on down to Muni-Sim!, Using a Municipal Simulation in a Leadership Program, Activate: Conference for Leadership Developers, Kansas Leadership Center, 2018
  • Presenter, Procurement and Contract Law, Mid America Council of Public Procurement Chapter Meeting, July 2018
  • Moderator, P3—Where the Public and Private Sector Meet, Design-Build Institute of America, Kansas City Chapter, 2017
  • Presenter, Working with Neighborhoods in Rezoning; Special Topics:  Entrepreneurial Urban Development; Law 8590, Section 8, University Of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Law, 2017
  • Presenter, Avoiding Social Media Pitfalls: An Introduction for Entrepreneurs, Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Pay Heed, All Who Enter! (And please be careful!): Reducing Risk for Property Managers and Building Owners, HarenLaughlin Restoration, 2015
  • Presenter, Get a (Social Media) Life: A Guide for Practicing Attorneys, KBA Annual Meeting, Kansas Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Legal Ethics in Online Firm Marketing, Heartland Paralegal Association, 2015
  • Presenter, The Ethical Use of Social Media: An Introduction to Lawyers, Leavenworth County Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Top 10 Legal Pitfalls for Content Generators, Social Media Club of Kansas City, 2014
  • Presenter, Social Media for Law Firms, Association of Legal Administrators - Greater Kansas City Chapter, 2013
  • Presenter, Hospitality Suites on the Rocks: Compliance and Risk Issues Associated with Private Parties, National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, 2012
  • Presenter, Leases and the Landlord-Tenant Relationship, Building Owners and Managers Association, 2011
  • Presenter, Leases and the Landlord-Tenant Relationship, Building Owners and Managers Association, 2010
  • Author and Presenter, Boards of Zoning Appeals and the Proper Use of Variances and Community Improvement Districts in Kansas, Lathrop Gage Lunch & Learn, 2009
  • Presenter, Types of Owners and their Employment Relationships Building Owners and Managers Association, 2007
  • Author and Presenter, Negotiating Land Use Changes in Leavenworth and Ethical Considerations in Land Use Law, Leavenworth County Bar Association, 2005


Professional Affiliations

  • City Attorneys Association of Kansas, Board of Directors
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Community Involvement

  • The City of Westwood, Kansas: Elected Mayor (2019); Elected to City Council (2016 - 2019); Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals (2008 - 2016)
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Council, Kansas State Affairs Committee: Chair (2020 - 2021); Vice-Chair (2019)
  • The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Kansas, Class of 2017
  • Kansas City FilmFest, International Ambassador, 2019
  • Kansas City Startup Foundation, Advisory Board (2016-2018)
  • Kansas State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Alumni Advisory Council (2016 – 2019)
  • National League of Cities, Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee (2020)
  • Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2012 - 2020), Chair 2019; Executive Committee (2014 - 2020)
  • City Attorneys Association of Kansas Board of Directors (2020 - present)


  • Ingram's Magazine, "50 Kansans You Should Know," 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®2013 - 2022; "Lawyer of the Year" Kansas City, Kansas, Real Estate Law, 2022; "Lawyer of the Year" Kansas City, Kansas Land Use and Zoning Law, 2019; "Lawyer of the Year" Kansas City, Kansas, Construction Law, 2018
  • Construction Lawyers Society, "Charter Fellow," 2018
  • Kansas Chamber of Commerce, "Leadership Kansas," Class of 2017
  • K-State College of Arts & Sciences, "Outstanding Young Alumni Award," 2015
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2012-2017
  • Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Northeast,” 2009
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875


Jana Stuart

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri


University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2002

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Gamma Delta Wilkinson Award
  • University of Kansas School of Law Dean Jimmy Green Scholar

Kansas State University, B.A., Political Science and Modern Languages (Spanish), 1999