Don F. Dagenais

Mr. Dagenais focuses his practice on commercial real estate purchase, sale, mortgage, lease, development, management and land use projects for commercial developers, builders, investors, condominium developers, banks, mortgage lenders and property managers.  His work includes handling all legal aspects of projects including apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, condominiums, warehouse and industrial projects, retail stores, hospitals and nursing homes.  He also works in the areas of construction law, zoning, foreclosures, and loan workouts, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements pertaining to commercial space, and all other related issues.

Recent projects include representing a national retail client in lease negotiations throughout the country, a series of nationwide mortgage refinancings, establishing an office condominium near a university, leasing two suburban office properties, closing commercial loans throughout the country for a major insurance company lender, and forming several residential  and commercial condominium redevelopments in different states. Mr. Dagenais was involved in some of the earliest commercial real estate auctions in the 1990s and is proficient in that area.

Mr. Dagenais is a frequent guest speaker before groups interested in real estate development and management, such as the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Kansas Land Title Association and others.  He is a lecturer in seminars for attorneys on advanced real estate law for professional organizations such as The Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, National Business Institute, and civic boards and organizations. Mr. Dagenais is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, teaching courses in advanced commercial real estate law, and also teaches commercial real estate at the Bloch School of Business. 

Court Memberships

  • Missouri


  • Selected by peers, Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, 2002 - 2013
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007 - 2020
  • Chambers USA, Missouri Real Estate, 2003 - 2019
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Received 2010 Jim Gray Neighborhood Activist Award from the Homes Associations of Kansas City, Inc.
  • Received the 2012 Virtuoso Award from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law
  • Building Owners and Managers Association


  • Presenter, Owners' and Lenders' Concerns, Advanced Issues in Real Estate Closing, and Avoiding Ethical Issues in Real Estate, National Business Institute Seminar, April 2018
  • Presenter, National Business Institute's Real Estate Transactions From A to Z CLE, March 2018
  • Presenter, National Business Institute Real Estate Boot Camp, June 2017
  • Speaker, Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers Seminar, Overland Park, Kansas, 2017

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Cornell University Law School,
J.D., 1976

Grinnell College, B.A., with honors, 1973