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Karl N. Hesse

Karl N. Hesse



1551 N. Waterfront Parkway, Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466

T: 316.291.9554
F: 866.450.2988

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For over 25 years, clients have trusted and relied on Karl Hesse for their oil and gas and real estate legal needs. 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. He assists landowners and mineral owners with negotiating oil and gas leases; oil and gas producers with title examination; and represents midstream clients in the transportation and exchange of oil and gas.

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. Licensed in Kansas, Colorado, and North Dakota, 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.


  • 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)
  • Kansas (1992)
  • Colorado (2019)
  • North Dakota (2020)
Community Involvement
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Former Board Member and President of the Board
  • Boy Scouts of America – Quivira Council – Former Leader
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association
  • Wichita State University Alumni Association
  • Girl Scouts of the Great Plains – Former Board Member
  • A Better Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center – Former Board of Trustees
  • Newman University – Former Adjunct Faculty Member, Business Law - MBA Program
  • Washburn University – Kansas Mineral Title Examination Course Faculty
Relevant Experience
  • Former Adjunct Professor in Business Law, Newman University.
  • Negotiation, drafting and closing of many small, medium and multi-million dollar energy-related stock and asset sales transactions. General Counsel to for-profit oil, gas and refining companies. 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, Former Co-editor
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • National Diocesan Attorney Association


  • Faculty, Mineral Title Examination Course (Washburn University School of Law)‚Äč


  • Kansas’ Marketable Record Title Act: To Use or Not to Use, That is the Question (Kansas Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law CLE; Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Law Conference; Wichita Association of Petroleum Landmen)


  • Faculty, Mineral Title Examination Course (Washburn University School of Law)


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