Patricia Voth Blankenship
Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9767
F: 866.347.3139
pvoth@foulston.com
Practice Areas
Real Estate
Wind Energy
Energy
Mergers & Acquisitions
Business & Corporate Law
Securities & Corporate Finance
Agribusiness
Education
Washburn University, J.D. (1998)
  • magna cum laude and Certificate in Agricultural Law
Washburn University, B.A. (1995)
  • summa cum laude
Admissions
  • Kansas (1998)
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Patricia Voth Blankenship, Partner


Trish Voth, a partner, leads Foulston Siefkin’s Real Estate, Energy and Environmental team; and practices in the areas of commercial real estate and wind energy.

Trish understands that your legal needs and approach may vary radically from one project to the next; and invites you to discover our difference. Trish delivers:

  • Negotiation focused on your comparative business goals and strengths; with flexibility to dial the tenacity up or down to fit your circumstances.
  • Incredible work ethic and client accessibility, to keep your deal on schedule.
  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • A 16-year investment in and commitment to the real estate, wind energy and legal industries, that she applies when structuring transactions, drafting documents, and working through the long-range implications of issues.
  • Trusted legal advice akin to serving as in-house counsel for businesses.

When costs are a focus, Trish leverages her specific strengths to help with your bottom line by providing:

  • At the outset of each matter, counseling and advice to verify the pertinent legal and business issues, prioritize issues (including, is it the right time to involve Foulston?), propose the go-forward strategy, and budget the project.
  • Creative thought during each project for ideas to complete Foulston’s or the client’s roles more cost- or time-efficiently.
  • Flexibility as a team player who efficiently fits Foulston’s representation role seamlessly with client businesspersons, in-house counsel, other outside counsel, real estate agents and other involved professionals.
  • Foulston Siefkin's Midwestern location and broad range of professionals, allowing work to be staffed by professionals at competitive rates.
  • Diligence, contract review, and other outsourcing services.
  • Foulston Siefkin’s breadth of leading lawyers in related areas (e.g., environmental, construction, tax, incentives, liens/foreclosure, water, oil & gas) means Trish taps into expertise more efficiently than involving multiple law firms.

Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Wichita Business Journal Women in Business honoree 2016
  • One of 100 "Women to Watch" United States business leaders Bizwomen's/American City Business Journal's 2016 list
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Member
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 Wichita Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law, 2011 - 2017
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States for real estate, 2008-2016
  • Foulston Siefkin Leadership: Real Estate, Energy and Environmental Practice Group, Group Leader; Associates Committee, Member, Past Co-Chair; Recruiting Committee, Past Member
  • Wichita Business Journal / 40 Under 40 Business Leader 2007
  • American Bar Association Real Property Section and Business Section, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association Real Estate, Probate and Trust; Oil Gas and Minerals; Corporation, Banking and Business Sections; Kansas Title Standards Committee
  • Wichita Bar Association Real Estate Committee, Past Chair
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award recipient, in recognition of extraordinary support of an employee serving in the Kansas Army National Guard
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association
  • CCIM - Kansas Chapter, Affiliate Member
  • Women in Commerical Real Estate (WICRE) Member
  • Women of Wind Energy – Kansas Chapter, Member
Community Involvement
  • Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Task Force, Member
  • Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Board of Directors
  • Greater Wichita YMCA, Andover Branch Advisory Board Member
  • Park System Master Plan Steering Committee for the City of Andover, Member
  • Andover USD 385 – Key Communicator Network, Member; District-Wide Parent Legislative Council, Past Member; and Meadowlark Elementary School Site Council, Past Member
  • Rotary Club of Andover, Paul Harris Fellow, Past Membership Chair & Board Member
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita, Inc., Past Board of Directors – President, Executive Committee and Golf Tournament Fundraiser Committee Member
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kansas Chapter, 2010 Woman-of-the-Year
  • Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • United Way of the Plains Young Leader
  • United Way of Ford County, Past President and Allocations Committee Chair
  • Leadership Wichita, Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Dodge City, Dodge City Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harvey County and Shawnee County, Past Member
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ford County, Past President and Founding Board Member
  • Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, Volunteer Business Plan Advisor and Event Speaker
  • Executive Women’s Golf Association – Wichita Chapter, Past President and Founding Board Member
  • Wichita Business Journal's Mentoring Monday, Mentor

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  • Clients with commercial real estate interests benefit from Trish's extensive track record supporting clients in mergers and acquisitions both as sellers and acquirers, as developers of commercial sites and larger mixed-use projects, representing both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing, and assisting with commercial property financing and local counsel opinions. Trish draws from her involvement with real estate issues, practices and trends in many sectors: hospitality, medical, restaurant, office, industrial, manufacturing, retail, agricultural and recreational. She also supports clients in matters involving a wide range of project real estate documents, plus complimentary law practice areas, including: oil and gas, environmental, construction, eviction, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, statutory liens, water law, health care, like-kind and tax-deferred exchanges, zoning and land use, eminent domain, property tax exemption, and corporate/entity agricultural land ownership restrictions. Additionally, Trish's wind energy practice spans work as developer's counsel, and other times as landowner's counsel, so that her work for clients is built on experience of issues from both angles. Wind energy projects are large-scale sophisticated real estate developments, involving many project real estate documents, plus permitting, regulatory, tax, power transmission, power sale, and financing aspects.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions - Real Estate

    • Purchaser's counsel to acquire 34 operating hotels in multiple transactions. Representation spanned negotiating asset acquisition agreements, conducting diligence and risk assessment, and operations turnover.

    • Real estate member of firm’s transaction team representing a dairy operation in the asset purchase of large feedlot and agriculture enterprise in Western Kansas. The firm’s role included negotiation and preparation of letters of intent, asset purchase and related transaction documents, ERISA and employee benefit matters, business and tax issues, review and negotiation of land title and permitting issues, water rights and environmental issues and a broad range of general corporate matters.

    • Real estate member of firm’s transaction team representing heavy equipment dealer’s two separate successful acquisitions of other large franchise equipment dealer’s operations and territory. The first acquisition doubled its territory from 49 to 99 Kansas counties; the second added 45 more counties in Kansas and Missouri. The real estate portion of the transactions included 16 new operations sites, the real estate diligence and related financing and third party agreements for each, and negotiation of the real estate related portions of the acquisition agreements.

    • Real estate member of firm’s transaction team that successfully represented the seller of a 20-hotel portfolio of assets located in 11 states to Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Legal real estate work included negotiation of real estate terms of sale agreement, responding to real estate diligence inquiries and issues, and obtaining lessor, owners associations, governmental and other third-party required consents.

    • Represented seller in successful sale of multi-state, multi-location convenience store operator for 50 business sites. Real estate issues included negotiation of real estate terms of sale agreement, creatively address and solve title objections, leasing, estoppels, third party consents, licenses, lot-splits, new easements, and zoning and code compliance.

    • Real estate member of firm’s transaction team that successfully represented the seller of a 99-bed hospital operations to an HCA subsidiary, including negotiating real estate terms of sale agreement, a long-term lease, related re-financing terms and documentation for the site, shared building use and services terms with other occupant, plus assisting with real estate diligence items.

  • Wind Energy

    • Representation regarding at least 24 wind energy projects. Almost half of those projects involved serving as local counsel to wind project developers or owners. Others involved serving as counsel to landowners in proposed wind energy projects. Representation included leading firm's team in: reviewing and negotiating wind project easements, leases and other project documents; advising on state and local permitting, environmental, taxation, tax exemption and regulatory compliance; evaluating and solving land title issues, third party consents and cooperation agreements; and PILOT and county agreements.

    • Real estate local counsel for party acquiring interests in and developing wind energy projects of approximately 419 megawatts spread over 66,000 acres, and approximately 240 megawatts.

    • Represented national leader in sales and installation of distributed wind energy projects, including Vestas, Gamesa, Northern Power and Endurance turbines.

    • Local counsel for an international wind project development and management company regarding wind energy projects and potential development, including three projects totaling approximately 650 megawatts and approximately 180,000 acres.

    • Representation of wind project development and management company regarding approximately 74-megawatt wind energy project.

    • Local counsel in $150,000,000 financing of electric transmission assets across 14 counties.

    • Advise of alternatives, and negotiate and draft documents, regarding potential transfer of wind project income stream owed to landowners.

  • Real Estate Development

    • Hotel developer’s outside counsel, including leading real estate legal team handling all aspects of new site acquisition negotiation, diligence and entitlement, to acquire, construct and operate or franchise more than 180 sites throughout the United States.

    • Counsel for hotel developer obtaining industrial revenue bonds.

    • Site acquisition and diligence counsel to regional shopping center developer.

    • Represent acquirer of 15-acre industrial site, including pre-acquisition diligence, and post-acquisition complex re-development leasing and diligence.

    • Local Kansas counsel for significant casino company, assisting with a range of site acquisition, development and permitting issues, including laws and use concerns unique to a casino operation, for a proposed $260 million, 275-acre development.

    • Represented developer of approximately 29-acre urban mixed-use multi-building public-private downtown revitalization development in all aspects: development agreements, land contracts, multiple ground leases to support national retailer, offices, national hotel chain and condominiums, subleases, owners associations, financing, platting, permitting, restrictive covenants, easements, parking agreements, and use limitations.

    • Counsel to land seller of largest and still-expanding recent commercial development corridor in Garden City, Kansas, including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Applebee’s, Menard’s and hotel sites. Representation included involvement in development, tax, government incentives, platting, zoning, utilities, easement and restrictive covenant issues.

    • Exclusive representation of developer of approximately 700-acre mixed-use development. Handled all development aspects, including land contracts, leasing, owners associations, financing, platting, permitting, restrictive covenants, easements, parking agreements, and use limitations.

  • Real Estate Leasing

    • Representation of landlord of 131,000 sq. ft. multi-story office building with national and regional tenants, negotiating tenant leasing documents and related documents and issues, including for an 81,000 sq. ft. tenant.

    • Assisted with over 85 transactions – a mix of leasing (single-site, pad site, and in-line) and site sale/purchases of fee title -- across five states for franchisees of several national restaurant chains.

    • Represented landlord in complex industrial leasing transaction involving over 1,200,000 square feet.

    • Negotiated tenant’s three industrial leases covering over 1,000,000 square feet.



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2016
  • Title Insurance and Surveys (International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference)
2015
  • Deal or No Deal – What Are You Willing to Bet on Your Boilerplate Provisions (Wichita Bar Association)
  • Growing Greater Results: Becoming a Better Negotiator (Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Breakout Session)
  • Wichita State University, Advanced Real Estate Development Class (Guest lecturer on the topic of legal issues & utilizing lawyers regarding real property development)
  • Working With Real Estate Lawyers (Women In Commercial Real Estate, luncheon panelist)
  • Legal Basics: Financing and Structuring Commercial Real Estate Transactions (Women In Commercial Real Estate, luncheon panelist)
2014
  • Commercial Real Estate Business Books (Women In Commercial Real Estate, breakfast panelist)
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours: Wind Turbines, Cell Towers, & Billboard Agreements - Getting Comfortable with Odd-Shaped Objects (Wichita Bar Association)
  • Branding Makeover – Take Years Off Your Networking & Business Development Learning Curve (Kansas Women Attorneys Association, The 2014 Lindsborg Conference)
2012
  • Wind Project Title Insurance: Breeze through the Issues (Kansas Land Title Association, District Meeting)
2011
  • Wichita State University, Advanced Real Estate Development Class (Guest lecturer on the topic of legal issues & utilizing lawyers regarding real property development)
  • A Panel Discussion on Issues Related to Wind Energy Transactions from a Construction and Real Estate Perspective (Kansas Bar Association, Faculty presenter of “Energizing the Law Practice” seminar)
  • Survey Shape-Up and Title Tone-Up: 50 Minutes to Faster, Firmer & Fabulous Orders, Reviews, Negotiations & Purchases (Wichita Bar Association)
2010
  • 2010 Construction Industry Legislative Update (Kansas Construction Network)
2009
  • Wichita State University, Advanced Real Estate Development Class (Guest lecturer on the topic of legal issues & utilizing lawyers regarding real property development)
  • Preparing the Title Opinion and Issues in Title Insurance (National Business Institute seminar)
  • Ethics In Real Estate Transactions (Wichita Bar Association, Real Estate Seminar)
  • The Lay of the Land: Land Title Issues (Chapters 2 & 12 of Kansas Real Estate Practice and Procedure Handbook) (Kansas Bar Association, 27th Annual KBA Plaza Lights Institute)

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2009
  • Title Examinations
    -chapter author of Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Real Estate Practice and Procedure Handbook


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