Kristen Koerber

Kristen Koerber is an associate in the firm's Business Transactions and Real Estate practice group. Kristen's practice focuses on representing municipalities, developers, investors, financial institutions, governmental bodies and other public and private entities in all aspects of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, leasing, financing, development and construction of real property.

Kristen counsels clients on various matters including Missouri Chapter 100 Bonds, community improvement districts (CIDs), tax increment financing (TIF), transportation development districts (TDDs) and Kansas industrial revenue bonds (IRBs). In addition, Kristen regularly drafts closing documents including estoppel certificates, various types of deeds, opinion letters, assignment and licensing agreements, corporate resolutions and third-party consents. She also has experience drafting motions and petitions in complex litigation cases involving commercial transactions, banking, creditors’ rights, real estate and construction.

Prior to joining Lathrop GPM, Kristen was an associate at another Kansas City-area law firm. While in law school, Kristen served as research assistant for multiple professors, and as a judicial intern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Representative Experience:

  • Assisted client in securing electrical power transmission line easements by negotiation and condemnation. Despite having an original list of 80 parcels of land, the team settled the majority on a compressed timeline and went to hearing on just four parcels, all of which were ultimately resolved in the client’s favor.
  • Served as bond and disclosure counsel to a metropolitan-area county on publicly offered special obligation bonds in the amount of $123.6 million. The bond proceeds will be used to finance major improvements and renovations to a convention center. The financing was well publicized and involved complex considerations relating to the tax-exempt status of the bonds.
  • Served as bond counsel for the issuance of $132 million in Chapter 100 Bonds to fund the development of a mixed-use retail and residential apartment complex.
  • Served as bond counsel for the issuance of $14.7 million in Chapter 100 Bonds to fund the development of industrial warehousing and manufacturing buildings.
  • Served as company's counsel for the issuance of Chapter 100 Bonds to fund the development of a new store location in Missouri for an international wholesale company.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division; Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee)
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Kansas City
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • UMKC Law Young Alumni Committee

Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, CREW Kansas City
  • Leadership Team, Newhouse Community Impact Makers Group


  • CREW KC, "Emerging Leader Award," CREW of Excellence Awards, 2023
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Kelly Hilderbrand

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Kansas


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2021

  • Lead Articles Editor, UMKC Law Review
  • Dean's List

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.J., Advertising and Public Relations, 2018