James C. Bowers, Jr.


Direct: 816.502.4711

Jim is a leader in land use and real estate development throughout the Greater Kansas City area. The focus of Jim’s practice is public law, including development, redevelopment, zoning, variances, tax increment financing, and condemnation.

As a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kansas City, Jim has a thorough knowledge of building codes and building permit requirements. He has been an adviser for many economic development projects and forums.

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Legal Services

  • Economic Development Incentives
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Local Government Counsel
  • Real Estate Tax Incentives
  • Redevelopment


  • University of Missouri-Columbia Public Administration, B.S.B.A.
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1971

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri

Legal Associations & Memberships

  • Assistant City Attorney, 1972-1983 City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Acting City Attorney, 1983, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Deputy City Attorney, 1984, City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, President 1980-1981
  • National Institute of Municipal Law Officers
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, for Land Use & Zoning
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for 25 Years
  • Top Attorney in Missouri, KC Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV)

Civic Involvement

  • Twin Creeks Task Force, Member
  • Kansas City, MO Housing Task Committee, Past Chairman
  • Kansas City, MO Liquor Control Advisory Panel, Chairman
  • Kansas City, MO Impact Fee Advisory Committee, Member
  • Kansas City Redevelopment Authority, Former General Counsel
  • KCI TIF Advisory Committee, Advisor
  • Platte County Economic Development Corporation, Past Chairman
  • Trustee, Jackson County Land Trust, 1984-1986

White Goss Client Experience

  • Briarcliff Development Company
  • Carlyle Van Lines, Inc.
  • CBS Outdoor, Inc.
  • Christie Development Associates LLC
  • City of Belton, Missouri
  • City of Chillicothe, Missouri
  • City of Gladstone, Missouri
  • City of Liberty, Missouri
  • Columbia Mall TDD
  • Commerce Bank, N.A.
  • CUNA Mutual Insurance Society
  • Development District Association, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Freightquote.com, Inc.
  • Harley Davidson Motor Company
  • Heartland Apartment Association
  • Highwoods Properties
  • Home Builders Association
  • Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jackson County Sports Complex Authority
  • James Stowers III
  • Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Lamar Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • M D Management, Inc.
  • Master Realty Properties, Inc.
  • McBride & Son Homes Kansas City, LLC
  • Murphy-Hoffman Company
  • North American Savings Bank
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Platte County Economic Development Council, Incorporated
  • Price Brothers Management Company
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Tower Properties Company
  • Union Bank and Trust Company
  • Valley View State Bank
  • Village of Four Seasons, Missouri
  • Zona Rosa Development, LLC