In more than 25 years of practicing law, Scott A. Long has developed a strong business practice and has extensive experience in numerous aspects of business law, including his primary focus areas of general corporate, commercial transactions, real estate, lending and finance. Mr. Long’s clients value his legal advice and, in addition to spending over a year on temporary assignment as in-house counsel to one of his then current firm’s largest clients, Mr. Long has served, and continues to serve, as outside general counsel to many of his clients, including clients in the manufacturing, agribusiness, health care, senior living and railroad industries.
Mr. Long is experienced in and has represented clients in a wide variety of business, corporate, commercial, real estate and lending transactions. He regularly counsels clients in general corporate, commercial and business matters and transactions (including merger and acquisition transactions, contract review, negotiation and drafting, ownership structuring, and entity formation and governance matters) and provides clients with advice on all aspects of business operations. In addition, Mr. Long has extensive experience in real estate law, including acquisitions and sales, ownership structuring, entity formation and the operation, leasing, development, financing, construction and management of real estate projects and assets. He regularly drafts, negotiates and reviews contracts, leases, development agreements and loan and financing documents, deals with zoning, title, easement, right-of-way and environmental issues and interacts with governmental and regulatory authorities.
Complementing his general business and real estate practice, Mr. Long has extensive experience in lending and corporate finance matters and has represented both borrowers and lenders in real estate, construction, asset-based, secured and securitized lending transactions, bond financings, loan restructurings and workouts, specialized transportation entity financing arrangements and new markets, historic and other tax credit and public incentive financing transactions. He is experienced in the negotiation, structuring, documentation and closing of these transactions, including those involving non-profit organizations.
In his role as outside general counsel to various clients, Mr. Long participates as part of the management team for each such client and provides these clients with a wide range of general business and corporate advice. In this capacity, Mr. Long has been called upon to handle and manage all legal aspects of these clients’ businesses and operations, including corporate, contract, finance and lending arrangements, real estate and right of way matters, dealings and interaction with federal, state and local regulatory authorities, including regulatory compliance and filings, and management and oversight of intellectual property, securities, tax, labor, employment and litigation matters for these clients, including the hiring and oversight of special counsel handling these and other specialized matters for these clients.
- Presenter, Deeds and Conveyances, The Missouri Bar Annual Real Estate Institute, Kansas City (May 2013) and Springfield (June 2013)
- Panelist, Not-for-Profit Breakout Session, Kansas City, Missouri Community Development CDE Third Annual New Markets Tax Credit Summit (March 2011) and Kansas City, Missouri Community Development CDE Fourth Annual New Markets Tax Credit Summit (March 2013)
- Elected member of the Continental Who’s Who Registry of National Business Leaders
- 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Banking and Finance Law by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media (ALM – The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel)
- 2013 Midwest Real Estate News Top Commercial Real Estate Attorney
- Panelist, Legal Industry Outlook, Ingram’s Magazine (May, 2013)
- AV® Peer Review Rated - Martindale Hubbell
The Missouri Bar
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association (Section of Business Law, Section of Real Property, Banking Law Committee, Commercial Finance Committee, Commercial and Real Estate Lending Committee, Legal Opinions Committee)
Kansas City Area Banking Law Study Group
Kansas State Alumni Association
Kansas City Area Development Council – Member of Financial Services
KCMO Downtown Council, Board Member
Old Mission United Methodist Church, Administrative Board Member and Past Chair, Past Chair of Pastor Parish Committee, Lay-Leader, Member Board of Trustees
Boy Scouts of America, Adult Troop Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster
City of Fairway, Kansas Greenspace Committee
Society of St. Andrews (SOSA), Volunteer
Hamline University (J.D., 1987, cum laude, Am. Jur. Award – Corporations, Am. Jur. Award – Commercial Law)
Kansas State University (B.S., 1983, Journalism, Mass Communications and Economics and minor equivalent in Political Science, Blue Key National Senior Honorary)