James R. Mueller

Shareholder/Managing Director

AV® pre-eminent peer review rated
by Martindale Hubbell

Phone 816-410-4636

Email jmueller@sbg-law.com

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • Financial and Business Planning
  • Estate Tax
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Probate
  • Trust administration
  • Trust litigation
Experience with SBG

Mr. Mueller has been with the firm his entire legal career, beginning in 1976. He has extensive experience in drafting estate planning documents and has a thorough knowledge of related tax areas, including fiduciary income taxes, federal estate taxes, generation-skipping transfer taxes and gift taxes. He has represented buyers, sellers and lenders in the sale, tax-free exchange, leasing and financing of real estate. He also has extensive experience in the drafting of commercial leases, purchase and sale contracts, exchange transactions and financing documents.  Mr. Mueller has been the lead attorney in several national auction and sealed-bid sales of real estate, involving contracts, title work, surveys, environmental investigations, closings and financing for several hundred properties located in more than thirty states.  He has also represented  both lenders and businesses in numerous financing and refinancing transactions.  Mr. Mueller has been involved in trust litigation in both Kansas and Missouri with numerous appellate court and State Supreme Court arguments.  Recent reported case: Bohr v. Nodaway Valley Bank, 411 S.W.3d 356 (Mo.App. 2013)


Educational background

Mr. Mueller received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Carleton College in 1973 and his law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1976.

Special achievements, recognitions or accolades

Mr. Mueller has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee most of his career and is currently serving as the firm’s Managing Director. He has been continually active within Second Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon and Elder and as Moderator of the Personnel Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Board of Deacons, and numerous additional committees.  He has been active and served on the Boards of community civic organizations and has been a seminar speaker and author of articles relating to estate planning and taxation matters.


He is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.