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Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9774
F: 866.347.5135
Practice Areas
Estate Planning & Probate
Mergers & Acquisitions
Business & Corporate Law
Family Business Enterprise
Emerging Small Business
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Northwestern University , J.D. (1974)
  • cum laude
Boston University, Master of Science, Business Administration, (1973)
Beloit College, B.A., (1969)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Kansas (1976)
  • Wisconsin (1974)
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Harvey R. Sorensen, Partner

Mr. Sorensen’s practice focus is on advising entrepreneurs and family owned businesses through the life cycle of the business, its owners, and their families. His practice also includes extensive mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, income tax planning and inter-generational tax planning, and economic development incentives. Mr. Sorensen served as Chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and as an investor representative on the Wichita Economic Development Coalition. Mr. Sorensen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list and The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Law, and Venture Capital Law. Mr. Sorensen also enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA as a leading business attorney in the United States. In 2011 and 2014, he was named by Best Lawyers® the Wichita Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year,” and in 2013, he was named the Wichita Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Sorensen is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • American College of Tax Counsel Fellow
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2011 and 2014 Wichita Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, and Venture Capital Law, 1993-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2005-2011 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States in the area of Corporate/M&A Law, 2005-2016
  • American Bar Association Member, Business Law Section and Tax Section (1976-Present); Committee on Business Cooperatives and Agriculture, Chair (2001-2003)
  • Kansas Bar Association Tax Section - Member; Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, Member, Executive Committee
  • Wichita Bar Association Member
  • Who's Who of American Lawyers
  • Who's Who in Marketing & Finance
  • Who's Who in the United States
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Integrated Advisory Group Firm Representative (2009-present)
  • Lex Mundi, Inc. Firm Representative, State and Local Tax Committee, Chair (2004-2006)
  • World Services Group Firm Representative, Director (2001-2007) and Chair (2005-2006)
Community Involvement
  • Equity Bancshares, Inc. - Director
  • Equity Bank, N.A. – Director
  • Orpheum Theater, Board of Directors (since 2009)-Chairman (2012)
  • Board member and counsel to the Wichita Technology Corporation as the representative of the Kansas Department of Commerce (since 2009)
  • Governor’s DMV Modernization Task Force (2012-present)
  • Kansas Workers Compensation and Employment Security Board Nominating Committee
  • Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce– Board of Directors (2001-2010); Vice Chairman (2002-2007); Chairman, (2008)
  • Visioneering Wichita steering committee– Co-Chairman (2004-2009)
  • Wichita Rotary Charitable Foundation Board (2003-2006)
  • Wichita Collegiate School– Board of Trustees (1994-2004)
  • Wichita Downtown Development Corporation– Director (1996-2005); Chairman (1996-2003)
  • Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition– Board Member and elected Private Sector Representative (2004-2008)
  • Goodwill Industries Easter Seal Society of Kansas, Inc.– Board of Directors (2000-2007)
  • Episcopal Services Endowment Fund– Board Member (2003-Present)
  • Rotary International, Inc.– Member, Downtown Wichita Rotary Club (1990-Present)
  • City of Wichita, Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District, Chair (2000-2003)
  • Wichita Grand Opera– Board of Directors (2001)
  • Kansas Public Telecommunications Services (KPTS, Channel 8)– Chairman (1996-2000); Board of Trustees (1978-2000)
  • Wichita Symphony Society– Board of Directors (1986 -1996)
  • WSU Center for Entrepreneurship– Advisory Board (1991-1995)
  • City of Eastborough, Kansas– City Commissioner (elected) (1991-1993)
  • Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Society– Board of Trustees (1986-1989)
  • Wichita Arts Council– Board of Trustees (1980-1987)
  • KMUW Radio, WSU- Board of Advisors (1980-1982)

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions

  • Served as seller’s counsel for sale of a bank holding company.

  • Served as purchaser’s counsel in connection with the purchase of a group of hotel properties.

  • Served as seller’s counsel on the sale of a web-based financial services company.

  • Served as purchaser’s counsel in the acquisition of feed lots for an agricultural business.

  • Served as seller’s counsel for sale of outsourcing business.

  • Served as purchaser’s counsel in consolidation of heavy equipment franchisees.

  • Served as seller’s counsel in sale of large multi-specialty physician practice group to hospital chain.

  • Served as merger and acquisitions counsel for restructuring and consolidation of independent office supply company industry.

  • Capital Formation Transactions

  • Served as counsel to a Kansas-based oil and gas exploration and development company in the formation and capitalization of 3 limited partnerships.

  • Served as lead counsel to large hotel developer.

  • Served as counsel in formation of community bank.

  • Served as borrower’s counsel in securitized loan transactions.

  • Served as counsel to sellers in a significant issuance and transfer of equity to private equity firm in national franchise company.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions

  • Served as lead counsel for a Canadian-based private equity firm in the purchase of manufacturing companies in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Served as counsel to venture capital firm investing in high tech companies.

  • Served as counsel to management in a management buy-out of a high tech manufacturing company.

  • Served as counsel to local angel investor network.

  • Served as counsel to management buy-out firm.

  • Served as counsel to senior management in the purchase by a private equity firm of a large manufacturer.

  • Serve as counsel to software based internet medical product information company.

  • Public Private Partnerships

  • Served as counsel to hotel developer in cooperation with the City of Wichita in the development of downtown hotel project.

  • Served as counsel to real estate developer in a public private partnership for the development of a downtown Wichita mixed-use office, retail and residential project.

  • Served as counsel to real estate developer in a public private partnership for the development of mixed use high rise and brownstone office, retail and residential project.

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  • Discussion of CFO Business Concerns (Foulston Siefkin CFO Forum)

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  • Chapter on Like Kind Exchanges
    -KBA Handbook, Kansas Real Estate Practice and Procedures

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