SHERWIN L. EPSTEIN
Sherwin L. Epstein, founder of the Law Firm of Sherwin L. Epstein & Associates, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, following his tour of active duty in the United States Air Force as an Intelligence Officer in the Strategic Air Command. Aspiring to be a real estate and business lawyer, he began his long career by working as a Title Attorney for Kansas City Title Insurance Company. During those brief years, he learned about title insurance policies, title examinations, closing of transactions, and claims.
Later, the City of Kansas City, Missouri offered Mr. Epstein a position in its Law Department as an assistant city attorney handling real estate, land use, and eminent domain. During his years there, he was the attorney for the City Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Building Codes Appeal Board, and the City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee, He handled many hundreds of cases during their administrative processes, as well as litigating them in the Circuit Court, Missouri Courts of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. Zoning, land use, and urban redevelopment were coming into their own during that period, and Mr. Epstein was on the ground floor. During that time, he revised and later rewrote Kansas City's Zoning Ordinance. He wrote the first Fair Housing Ordinance that did away with discriminatory practices. The Public Accommodations Ordinance did away with discriminatory practices found in restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Epstein was assigned to handle eminent domain cases for the taking of private property for streets, utility easements, sanitary sewers, and the demolition of truly blighted properties. Sherwin rose to the position of Associate City Attorney. Wanting to enter private practice, the City accepted his resignation so that he could open his own law office and practice law. The City Council presented him with a Resolution recognizing and commending him for all of his work and service to the City, and the Kansas City Star wrote about his achievements.
As if Mr. Epstein did not have enough to do, he accepted an adjunct real estate professor position at Kansas City University, now known as the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also taught real estate law to paralegal students at Rockhurst College in Kansas City (now Rockhurst University.) Later, in years passing, Sherwin conducted week-long seminars in zoning, land planning, and urban redevelopment at Texas A & M to graduate students in the School of Architecture. Sherwin continues to be a frequent speaker in the areas of general real estate law, land use, and eminent domain at the Missouri Bar conference, the Bench and Bar conference, the Solo and Small Firm conference, and other seminars.
Since 1968, Sherwin has been involved in a multitude of real estate transactions and developments. He gained valuable experience as a member of the development team that led to ACrown Center@, a nationally acclaimed development in Kansas City, Missouri. Land planning and development issues were daily matters. Shopping centers, especially Amalls@ were represented by him from start to finish. Multifamily residential developments, condominiums, office complexes, and condominium conversions were part of his real estate practice. Industrial parks, nursing homes, retirement developments, and day care centers came later. Finally, tax abatement developments, tax increment financing developments, and transportation development districts were represented by the firm. Mr. Epstein was called upon by banks and savings & loans to represent them in making loans to developers in the millions and millions of dollars. All the while, the firm represented an entire spectrum of business organizations from lenders, developers, and publicly traded companies to entrepreneurs and closely held corporations. Sherwin has handled transactions nationwide, ranging from the sale of California office building, the sale of a buffalo ranch in Kansas to a well known buffalo rancher, working with Florida developers, to writing commercial and industrial leases in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and many other states.
Additionally, and unique to real estate firms, Sherwin and all lawyers in the firm also handle litigation in all matters in all courts, not only in Missouri and Kansas, but elsewhere when needed, including the United States Supreme Court for which Mr. Epstein was licensed to practice in 1976
Sherwin is deeply involved in eminent domain cases, ranging from the redevelopment of Kansas City's downtown to a multitude of cases involving the taking of commercial land for highways in Missouri and Kansas involving multi-million dollars. On several occasions, Sherwin was selected by judges to be a court appointed appraiser for the condemnation of land in Kansas.
Sherwin is known for his expertise in construction litigation, representing contractors, subcontractors, owners and architects, and for his representation of the owners of office buildings, industrial properties, residential properties, hotels, and retail centers in property tax appeals.
Sherwin is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in both Missouri and Kansas. When the need arises, he is admitted to practice in other states for that particular case.
Sherwin is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who In The World, Who's Who In American Law, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, and the Martindale Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.