THE Practice


Practice Areas

  • Business formation, capitalization, and strategic planning.
  • Business mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and sales.
  • Contracts, employment counselling, and other general business matters.
  • Real estate acquisition, financing, and disposition.
  • Real estate development and construction contracts.

The Approach

Three fundamentals guide our work at Stranger Creek Advisors:

  1. Risk is to be managed, not avoided.  An objective advisor can help you assess those risks, and a good negotiator can help you mitigate them, but risk-taking is a part of every successful business or real estate venture.  We understand that and won't tell you "no," but rather "the potential consequences of that action are...."
  2. Avoid sweeping things under the rug and kicking cans down the road.  Business and real estate principals should have those awkward conversations and consider contingencies early on, before issues arise.  If they hit these question head-on, they’ll have better results and better relationships down the road when it comes time to divide the pot of gold—or the pile of manure—before they encounter it.
  3. Good legal work can’t fix bad deals.  The firm stands ready to help clients go beyond the financial reports and the legal documents to assess their strategic options holistically, so that they know who they’re dealing with and how a business or real estate project really works before they commit themselves to a course of action.   We would rather help you avoid a mistake than help you work your way out of it.

If we share these three principles in common, we can do great things together.

Biography of Robert J. Drumm

Robert J. Drumm began practicing law in 2002, graduating with top honors (Order of the Coif) 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 transactional practice areas.  He practiced as an associate at a large Kansas City law firm in one of the region's leading real estate practice groups, and 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 transactional practice and worked both independently and with a middle-market firm in Kansas City.  

Robert’s background 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.

Gateway to an Interdisciplinary Team of Professionals

Stranger Creek Advisors may at first appear to be just one business lawyer, but that one lawyer's 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 his personal skillset, he can introduce another professional who can handle it efficiently, and who will approach the matter with the same value-conscious, outcomes-based orientation he shares.

Why "Stranger Creek"?


It's home.

The firm's principal, Robert Drumm, lives in rural Leavenworth County, Kansas, near the actual Stranger Creek.  Until he recently moved his principal office to Overland Park, to be closer to many of his clients, he worked only a few hundred yards from the stream.  

It's unique.

As many of Robert's clients know (from his call telling them, "Sorry, but your great LLC name is already taken"), any enterprise should have a unique name, both to satisfy the requirements of a particular state's business entity registry and to differentiate it from its competitors.  There are numerous Robert Drumms out there.  But there is no firm that has ever had a legal or business consulting practice named "Stranger Creek Advisors" other than this one.

It's cool.

The actual Stranger Creek in Leavenworth County is a small, silted-in stream that floods in any heavy rain.  But the idea....the idea of "Stranger Creek" is kinda cool.  A little mysterious, a little quirky--no doubt--but we like it.