Michael T. White


Direct: 816.502.4716

Mike has extensive experience and a comprehensive knowledge of land use law, including real estate development, economic incentives, tax increment financing, entitlements, zoning, and redevelopment. As Former Jackson County Executive, Mike provides clients with a very clear perspective about the intricate workings of state and local governments. Mike is well known in city halls, county offices, state and federal government circles. He is recognized as one of Kansas City’s civic leaders. Mike is principally responsible for two landmark cases before the Missouri, Supreme Court, establishing the constitutionality of the State’s Tax Increment Financing Act and the first case interpreting the tax lid “Hancock Amendment” of the Missouri Constitution. He is the author of Missouri Land Use Law and Missouri Economic Development Law, both published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

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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 - Kansas City B.A., with Distinction
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, J.D., with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1966

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Legal Associations & Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Instructor for Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Missouri Tax Increment Financing Association, International Conference on Shopping Centers, and others
  • Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, for Land Use & Zoning. Lawyer of the Year 2010
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas
  • Legal Action Network for Development Strategies, Member
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Highest attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV)

Civic Involvement

  • Former Jackson County Executive
  • Former Jackson County Legislator
  • Richard King Award Recipient, 2010 Missouri Economic Development Finance Association
  • Missouri Association of Counties, past President
  • Little Blue Valley Sewer District, past Chairman
  • Policy Committee Member, National Association of Counties,
  • Mid-America Regional Council of Governments, past Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Bank of Kansas City, Board Member
  • American Jazz Museum, Board Member
  • Camping Connection, Board Member
  • Center for Business Innovation, Board Member
  • Civic Council of Kansas City, Associate Member
  • County Sales Tax Campaign, Chairman
  • DeLaSalle Education Center, Chairman
  • Numerous other civic boards and commissions



  • "Missouri Economic Development Law", University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Press, 2000 to date
  • "Missouri Land Use Law and Practice", 2 Volumes, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Press, 1993 to date
  • Missouri Bar, Real Estate Practice Desk book, Chapter 26, “Damages to Real Property” (2010)


  • "Curious County Zoning Law Gets Curiouser", Journal of The Missouri Bar (November – December 2008)
  • "The Seven Myths About Economic Incentives", Missouri Municipal Review (July 2003)
  • "County Zoning Statutes and Problematic Land Use Decisions", Journal of The Missouri Bar (March – April 2003)
  • "City Managers Guide to Tax Increment Financing", Missouri Municipal League (1998)
  • "Tax Increment Financing", Journal of The Missouri Bar (September – October 1990)
  • "Unreasonable Refusal to Rezone - The Need for a Practical Injunctive Remedy", Vol. 58, UMKC Law Rev., p. 65 (Winter 1989)
  • "Creating a Climate for Development - Tax Increment Financing, Chapter 353, and Community Attitudes", Midwest Research Institute Midcontinent Perspectives (November 20, 1985)
  • "The Connecticut Contraceptive Ban v. The Right of Privacy", Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, UMKC Law Rev., p. 95 (Winter 1966)
  • "Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment", Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, UMKC Law Rev., p. 114 (Winter 1965)

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