Three fundamentals guide our work at Stranger Creek Advisors:
If we share these three principles in common, we can do great things together.
Stranger Creek Advisors may at first appear to be just a few business lawyers, but those lawyers' network includes numerous trusted attorneys who are experienced in litigation, intellectual property, wealth planning, taxation, and other specialties that compliment his practice, as well as non-attorney business consultants, engineers, architects and planners, accounting and finance professionals, bankers and brokers, and other specialists that most businesses and real estate enterprises need on their team. If a matter falls outside their expertise, they can introduce other professionals who can handle it efficiently, and who will approach the matter with the same value-conscious, outcomes-based orientation they share.
Robert J. Drumm began practicing law in 2002, graduating with top honors from the University of Kansas School of Law after working several years in the printing and packaging industries. He holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Texas Tech University. Robert is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri.
Robert brings a unique background to his transaction practice areas. He began his legal career as an associate in one of the region's leading real estate practice groups at a large Kansas City law firm, and continued in business transactions with a large international firm. Robert then served as associate general counsel to a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, where he ran over $2 billion in acquisitions, dispositions and financing; he advised asset management and development teams; and he assisted in corporate governance and securities compliance. He also managed outside counsel and provided strategic guidance to the company in disputes ranging from small landlord-tenant cases to high-stakes litigation.
Robert’s background also includes five years as an entrepreneur. He built a small, home-based packaging supply company into a well-known and respected supplier serving the craft beverage industry, with a nationally-focused sales staff and a traditional bricks-and-mortar presence. After selling the business to investors from a private equity group, he refocused on his transactions practice and worked both independently and with a middle-market firm in Kansas City.
Robert’s work as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded company, as a small business owner, and real estate investor helps him stay focused on the real-world objectives behind legal matters—whether they be transactions, compliance issues, or litigation—and he especially enjoys working with entrepreneurs in planning for growth, in addressing challenges, and in smoothing out the inevitable transitions in the life cycle of a business or a real estate asset. He also enjoys working with churches and charitable organizations in real estate and organizational management projects.
Most of Robert’s time outside the office is devoted to his wife and five children, and to activities at his family’s third-generation farm in Coffey County, Kansas.
Christie M. King practiced law with the corporate securities practice group of a large St. Louis Firm in the 1990s after graduating near the top of her class at the Washington University School of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana, and she is licensed to practice in Missouri (active) and Illinois (inactive).
Christie took twenty-one years off from practice to raise a family and work in both in higher education and K-12 education administration, most recently as a Vice Principal of a private school in Kansas City from August 2014 to the present. She resumed her legal practice in 2019 and works with the firm’s clients in business formation, contracts and general corporate matters, and small business transactions.
Christie’s background as an administrator (and a mother) compliments her legal training, giving her the ability to manage parties with disparate interests and varied perspectives, and to take care of the seemingly-small-but-important details that keep a client organization running.
Most of Christie’s time outside the practice is devoted to her husband and four children, and she continues work with the private school.
Michael King earned his law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City . He also holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Management at Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University, and a Bachelor's degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is licensed in Missouri.
Michael is involved in special projects for the firm, especially in succession and estate planning, business startup and finance, acquisitions and dispositions, and higher-education compliance and strategy.
Michael continues to serve full-time as Director of the School of Business, Director of the Business Graduate Programs, and Associate Professor of Finance at Benedictine College. His experience with several start-up businesses and a small investment banking firms gives him particular insight into the management, legal and financial issues facing small to mid-market business owners, and his experience in higher education administration, dealing with strategic issues and repositioning, accreditation, and compliance for small institutions, make him a valuable resource to some of the firm's nonprofit clients.
The firm's principal, Robert Drumm, lives in rural Leavenworth County, Kansas, near the actual Stranger Creek. In 2019, he moved our principal office to Overland Park, to be closer to many of our clients, but in the current time of plague, we, like many of our clients, primarily work out of our home offices, which--for Robert--is back near Stranger Creek.
We often have to tell our clients "Sorry, but your great LLC name is already taken." This one wasn't. It satisfies the requirements of Kansas law and differentiates us from other firms. In any case...substantively...it doesn't matter what the name is. You're hiring the people, not the firm name (unless perhaps you're hiring a really expensive national/international firm for its reputation, in which case you wouldn't call us in the first place...and, BTW, in the rare circumstances where that's appropriate, we'll be the first to tell you so, and we'll even introduce you to attorneys at those firms if you wish).
The name "Stranger Creek" is pretty cool--the sort of place-name you could make a Netflix series about. But the reality of Stranger Creek in Leavenworth County is just a small, muddy stream that frequently floods, and eventually gets most of the water it carries to the Kansas River. Perhaps it's a little metaphorical for the typical transaction? At first, at a high level, the deal sounds interesting. Then you look closer and see the mud, the swimming carp, and the old tires and other rubbish along the bank. But you persevere and finally reach a satisfactory endpoint: you weigh the imperfections but keep moving downstream to achieve the big-picture business goal. So, in a (perhaps strained) way, our firm name is reflective of what we do.
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