Karl N. Hesse

Karl N. Hesse



1551 N Waterfront Pkwy #100
Wichita, KS 67206

T: 316.291.9554
F: 866.450.2988


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For over 20 years, clients have trusted and relied on Karl Hesse for their oil and gas, real estate, and nonprofit/tax exempt legal needs. Every day, clients benefit from Karl’s depth and diversity of experience and broad skill set in complementary areas of the law, attributes that are increasingly rare in lawyers. His experience in the energy industry began at Koch Industries, where he ultimately became General Counsel for Koch Oil Company and Koch Refining Company after developing skills in both the trial and business legal departments. Today, he assists landowners and mineral owners with negotiating oil and gas leases; and oil and gas producers with title examination and other issues related to the production, transportation, and sale of oil and gas.

Karl provides general legal advice to large and small not-for-profit and for-profit businesses, and has negotiated, drafted, and closed many small, medium and multi-million dollar stock and asset transactions. As general counsel for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, its churches, schools, and related ministries and projects, Karl advises in the areas of non-profit status, real estate, tort, employment, contract and constitutional law. He has developed litigation skills and strategies by handling disputed oil and gas, employment, tort, and probate matters. Business clients therefore benefit from Karl’s unique ability to understand and communicate potential litigation impacts and strategies related to their business decisions and transactions.

Finally, Karl has a broad real estate practice, from the straightforward property transfer, lease or transaction involving real estate, to complex commercial development and wind energy projects. His real estate practice encompasses many of his other legal practice areas. Additionally, he has represented clients in exemption and valuation tax appeals before the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals. Karl has earned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest "AV" rating for lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA as a leading real estate attorney in the United States.

Through his experience as an Adjunct Law Professor in the Newman University Masters of Business Administration Program, Karl discovered his passion for teaching. He is currently part of the Washburn University School of Law Mineral Title Examination Course Faculty where he teaches students and practitioners various aspects of the mineral title examination process. In fact, teaching is now an integral part of his practice: helping clients understand their legal rights, educating them about the legal impact of their business decisions, and also educating opposing parties and judges about the merits of his client’s position.


  • Washburn University (J.D., 1992)
    cum laude; Comments Editor - Washburn Law Journal; Phi Delta Phi International Law Graduate of the Year
  • Wichita State University (B.A., 1988)
    magna cum laude


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (1992)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (1994)
  • Kansas (1992)
Community Involvement
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Former Board Member and President of the Board
  • Boy Scouts of America – Quivira Council
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association
  • Wichita State University Alumni Association – Shocker Auction Committee 2002
  • Girl Scouts of the Great Plains – Former Board Member
  • A Better Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center – Former Board of Trustees
  • Newman University – Adjunct Faculty Member, Business Law - MBA Program
  • Washburn University – Kansas Mineral Title Examination Course Faculty
Relevant Experience
  • Adjunct Professor in Business Law, Newman University.
  • Negotiation, drafting and closing of many small, medium and multi-million dollar stock and asset sales transactions. General Counsel to for-profit oil, gas and refining companies as well as religious entities and charities. Litigation experience in oil and gas, employment, tort and probate law.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States in the area of Real Estate, 2011-2013
  • Wichita Business Journal / 40 Under 40 Business Leader , 2003
  • Kansas Bar Association , Oil, Gas & Mineral Section Newsletter Co-editor
  • Wichita Bar Association , Bar-o-meter, Past Co-editor
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • National Diocesan Lawyers Association


  • Estate Planning for Oil, Gas and Other Mineral Interests (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Summer Estate Planning Forum)


  • Legal Issues Involved with Naming Guardians for Minors (Foulston Siefkin Winter Estate Planning Forum)


  • An End to the Parental Preference Doctrine in Parent/Non-Parent Custody Disputes?
    -Washburn Law Journal