1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
Practice AreasOil, Gas & Minerals
Tax Exempt Organizations
Business & Corporate Law
Estate Planning & Probate
Senior Housing & Care
EducationWashburn University, J.D. (1992)
Karl N. Hesse, Partner
For over 20 years, clients have trusted and relied on Karl Hesse for their oil and gas, real estate, and nonprofit/tax exempt legal needs. Every day, clients benefit from Karl’s depth and diversity of experience and broad skill set in complementary areas of the law, attributes that are increasingly rare in lawyers.
His experience in the energy industry began at Koch Industries, where he ultimately became General Counsel for Koch Oil Company and Koch Refining Company after developing skills in both the trial and business legal departments. Today, he assists landowners and mineral owners with negotiating oil and gas leases; and oil and gas producers with title examination and other issues related to the production, transportation, and sale of oil and gas.
Karl provides general legal advice to large and small not-for-profit and for-profit businesses, and has negotiated, drafted, and closed many small, medium and multi-million dollar stock and asset transactions. As general counsel for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, its churches, schools, and related ministries and projects, Karl advises in the areas of non-profit status, real estate, tort, employment, contract and constitutional law. He has developed litigation skills and strategies by handling disputed oil and gas, employment, tort, and probate matters. Business clients therefore benefit from Karl’s unique ability to understand and communicate potential litigation impacts and strategies related to their business decisions and transactions.
Finally, Karl has a broad real estate practice, from the straightforward property transfer, lease or transaction involving real estate, to complex commercial development and wind energy projects. His real estate practice encompasses many of his other legal practice areas. Additionally, he has represented clients in exemption and valuation tax appeals before the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals. Karl has earned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest "AV" rating for lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA as a leading real estate attorney in the United States.
Through his experience as an Adjunct Law Professor in the Newman University Masters of Business Administration Program, Karl discovered his passion for teaching. He is currently part of the Washburn University School of Law Mineral Title Examination Course Faculty where he teaches students and practitioners various aspects of the mineral title examination process. In fact, teaching is now an integral part of his practice: helping clients understand their legal rights, educating them about the legal impact of their business decisions, and also educating opposing parties and judges about the merits of his client’s position.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
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