Victoria Westerhaus has nearly 30 years of experience handling corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance and offerings, corporate governance, joint ventures and other business law matters. Her skills and experience make her uniquely qualified to provide efficient and effective legal guidance and results-oriented advice to clients of all sizes, including public and private companies and nonprofits. She has experience with companies in a variety of industry sectors, including technology, healthcare, clinical research, renewable energy and data centers.

She has a deep background advising senior management, boards and committees on fiduciary duty issues, SEC reporting requirements, proxy statement and activist proxy matters, Section 16 securities ownership reports and insider trading matters. She also regularly represents investment advisers and broker-dealers on SEC and FINRA compliance matters. Ms. Westerhaus also represents companies in franchise matters, distribution and supply contracts, research and development agreements and consulting agreements.

Ms. Westerhaus also serves as outside general counsel to several companies and has conducted numerous seminars and trainings on securities law and business law matters.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Metropolitan Community College Foundation, member of Board of Directors
    • Cosmosphere Foundation, member of Board of Directors
    • Women United, United Way of Greater Kansas City
    • Business Council member, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    • MOCSA Community Luncheon Support Committee
    • Kansas City Tomorrow Alumni Association, former member of Board of Directors and past President
    • Metro Lutheran Ministry, past member of Board of Directors and past President
    • Listed in the 2012-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law.
    • Listed in the spring 2016 edition of Best Lawyers Business Edition for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Recognized as an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
    • MOCSA Community Luncheon Support Committee
    • Kansas City Tomorrow Alumni Association, former member of Board of Directors and past President
    • Metro Lutheran Ministry, past member of Board of Directors and past President
    • Listed in the 2012-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law.
    • Listed in the spring 2016 edition of Best Lawyers Business Edition for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Recognized as an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Listed in the 2012-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law.
    • Listed in the spring 2016 edition of Best Lawyers Business Edition for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Recognized as an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
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Professional Affiliations

    • Kansas City Chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors
    • Kansas City Chapter of Women Corporate Directors
    • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals - Kansas City Chapter, Advisory Board, past President and past Program Chairperson
    • The Foundation of The Lawyers Association of Kansas City, past President and has served other positions within the organization
    • The Missouri Bar
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • The Foundation of The Lawyers Association of Kansas City, past President and has served other positions within the organization
    • The Missouri Bar
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Kansas Bar Association
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Kansas Bar Association
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Representative Experience

  • Representation of public companies in securities law compliance and SEC filings
  • Lead M&A attorney on multi-plant roll-up transactions in various states for renewable energy firm
  • Lead M&A attorney for public company in acquisition of data center businesses
  • Represented renewable energy firm in tender offers for membership interests
  • Represented construction company in private foreclosure sale and acquisition of assets from creditors of strategic business
  • Lead M&A attorney in sale of clinical research business to private equity firm
  • Represented EMS consulting firm in sale of patient billing and collection business
  • Advised clients on formation of investment adviser entities and broker-dealer compliance matters

Speaking Engagements

  • “Effects of the #MeToo Movement on Corporate Governance and the Workforce in General,” Society for Corporate Governance - Kansas City Chapter (November 2018)
  • "LLC vs. A Corporation: What are the Principal Non-Tax Differences?" National Business Institute seminar (April 2012)
  • "Walking the Ethical Line," co-author with Robert Payne, National Business Institute seminar (April 2012)
  • "Contract Negotiation Strategies for Buyers and Sellers," National Business Institute seminar (February 2012)
  • "Ethical Obligations," National Business Institute seminar (February 2012)