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Joseph J. Erskine









Overland Park, Kansas





Joe Erskine rejoined the firm in 2011, after having originally started in 2002. Joe served the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), first as Chief Counsel and then as Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration from 2007 to 2011. Joe brings with him a wide range of public and private corporate management and legal counsel experience.


Joe obtained a BSBA in Finance and Economics and an MBA with a Finance Emphasis from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Before obtaining his law degree at the University of Kansas, Joe served in corporate finance positions with Mutual of New York, H & R Block, and Sprint Corporation. 


During his time at KDOT, Joe played a key role in developing financing strategies for public and private components for several important projects throughout the state of Kansas, including the T-Works, the 10-year transportation enhancement plan approved by the 2010 Kansas Legislature.

Joe's practice emphasis includes general corporate counsel, business and real estate transactions and litigation, governmental affairs, acquisition & relocation services for public projects, and eminent domain litigation.


Areas of Practice


Corporate Strategy & Counsel


Economic Development

Eminent Domain/Condemnation

Real Estate Transactions

Real Estate Litigation

Real Property Acquisition

Relocation Assistance

Real Estate Development

Planning & Zoning

Other Complex Litigation


Bar Admissions


Kansas, 2005

Missouri, 2006

U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2005

U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2006




University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas

J.D. - 2004

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri

M.B.A. - 2000

Major: Finance

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri

B.S.B.A. cum laude - 1996

Major: Finance and Economics


Past Employment Positions


Kansas Department of Transportation, Chief Counsel

Kansas Department of Transportation, Finance and Administration, Deputy Secretary, 2007 - 2011

Sprint Corporation, Corporate Finance

H & R Block Corporation, Operations



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Orrick & Erskine, LLP 
11900 College Blvd, Suite 203 
Overland Park, Kansas 66210 
Phone: 913-888-1777 
Fax: 913-888-1794 

Orrick & Erskine, LLP, represents clients throughout Kansas and Missouri, including clients located in and near the cities of Overland Park, Wichita, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence, Shawnee, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, St. Joseph and Lee's Summit. In addition, we serve clients in Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas.


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