Project Finance and Incentives
Real Estate Finance and Development
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, J.D.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, UMKC (minor in Criminal Justice)
Associate of Arts, Paralegal Studies, Johnson County Community College
Research Assistant-UMKC, Professor David Achtenberg
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar Internship - Stinson Leonard Street LLP
String Sprouts, KCMO – Board Member: 2019-Present
Presenter - Turner School of Construction Management: Legal Update Construction Decisions of 2019 and How They Affect Affirmative Action
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Competition – First Place, Best Business Plan, Best Business Pitch (Product represented: SuedoSkull LLC)
Fatuma Kelleh serves as an associate for the firm and provides legal support to both the firm’s real estate and public finance departments in connection with the firm’s representation of municipalities, governmental agencies, educational entities, developers, contractors and private corporations. In this capacity, Ms. Kelleh works on public finance transactions on behalf of issuers and underwriters. Also, she works on the acquisition and disposition of real property and provides assistance in the various aspects of real estate transactions, including participating in the review of title reports, inspections, and preparing for real estate closings. Additionally, her practice emphasizes the utilization of incentives to assist in providing funding for development transactions. Ms. Kelleh has been involved with new markets tax credits, tax abatement, and opportunity zones.
Ms. Kelleh supports the firm’s corporate department with entity formation and organization, including preparation of entity bylaws, operating agreements, employment agreements, service agreements and assisting with governance matters.
Ms. Kelleh is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. While in law school, she served as a Teacher’s Assistant for the UMKC School of Law’s Legal Writing Program. She gained advocacy experience during her internships with the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. and the Honorable Stephen R. Bough, both of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Before going to law school, Ms. Kelleh worked as a paralegal for a locally based, Kansas law firm, where she worked on corporate, estate planning and probate matters.