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Polsinelli named Law Firm of the Year in healthcare

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 Best Law Firms report, naming Polsinelli the “Law Firm of the Year in Health Care.” The designation is based on Polsinelli’s overall performance in health care, incorporating both client feedback and peer review, and reflective of the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of healthcare legal services, and geographic footprint across 19 cities.

“We are extremely grateful to our clients. We are privileged to serve our clients in this complex and dynamic industry, and we have been fortunate to continuously attract lawyers from top law firms across the country who are passionate about building client relationships and providing outstanding client service. This recognition validates our commitment to the health care industry and importance of continuing to support our strong national practice,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “It’s an exciting time for our firm.”

Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, clinical research organizations, physician groups, home health agencies, hospice providers and senior and long-term care facilities. In 2014, Polsinelli was also ranked as the second largest Health Care Practice by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and as the third largest Health Care Practice by Modern Healthcare.

“The industry is seeing tremendous change, and our clients’ roles are becoming increasingly complex,” said Health Care Practice Chair Matthew Murer from his Chicago office. “Polsinelli has responded by building a strong and diverse team of more than 190 health care attorneys and professionals across the country who understand their clients’ businesses and immerse themselves in this evolving and challenging industry.” Murer continued, “We greatly appreciate our clients who have made this a reality, and who have formed relationships with our growing, talented team of health care attorneys.”


Polsinelli Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA

Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession, released its 2013 rankings for lawyers and practice groups. Polsinelli received high rankings for 53 attorneys and nine practice areas in four states. The Phoenix office of Polsinelli received high rankings for eight attorneys and three practice areas.

Chambers rankings are based on submissions put forward by law firms, client and industry interviews during the course of research and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

“Thank you to our clients who provided Chambers with valuable insight into our strategic partnerships,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “It’s a strong reflection of our dedication to understanding the challenges our clients face as general counsel and business leaders. We are proud to have this acknowledgement of so many of our lawyers in Phoenix and across the country.”

New in 2013
Six Polsinelli attorneys improved band rankings, including two new Band 1 rankings for Arizona attorneys Lucas J. Narducci in Environmental (including water rights) and Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

The Phoenix office 2013 Chambers rankings include:

Polsinelli Practice Area Rankings – Phoenix office
Ranked 1 in Environmental (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 4 in Corporate M&A – Arizona
Ranked 4 in Litigation: General Commercial – Arizona
Individual Attorney Rankings – Phoenix office
Ranked 1 for Lucas J. Narducci in Environment (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 1 for Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Arizona
Ranked 3 for Barton D. Day in Environment (including water rights) – Arizona
Ranked 3 for Marty Harper in Litigation: General Commercial (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Phillip P. Guttilla in Corporate/M&A – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Thomas Irvine in Real Estate (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked 4 for Brian K. Moll in Corporate/M&A (Arizona) – Arizona
Ranked U (Associates to Watch) for Margaret B. LaBianca in Environmental (including water rights) – Arizona


Polsinelli Shughart Shortens Firm Name

Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April, 2013.

The firm’s February 2009 combination with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy was preceded by several smaller mergers and acquisitions. The firm has added over 150 attorneys in the four years since the Shughart Thomson merger. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“While our legacy firms and our history provides our foundation, we have become more than the sum of our parts. Most importantly we are all one firm today and our clients already refer to us as Polsinelli,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast.”

In its 40-year history Polsinelli has had multiple firm names including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus just before the firm successfully merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy and adopted the combined name of Polsinelli Shughart. The merger added Shughart’s well recognized extensive litigation experience to the firm’s established and growing corporate, healthcare, real estate and financial services practices. Adopting one name reflects true integration of services and firm culture.

“This decision reflects branding trends in legal and other professional services which have emulated longstanding practices in consumer marketing,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Allison Yurman. “From a strategic point of view, building brand equity around one name is more viable, and this change leverages existing name awareness by focusing on the shorthand already in use by clients.”

Welsh said the Shughart merger in 2009 brought critical strength in litigation and Shughart’s long, impressive history in Kansas City since the 1940’s. Many of the original Shughart attorneys hold key leadership positions at Polsinelli as practice group chairs and board members.

“We would not be where we are today without those who joined the firm through mergers and laterally.” said Welsh. “When we first merged with Shughart we all joked that both names were a mouthful. But the core reason for the name change is that it reflects who we are now and where we are headed strategically. We are confident the one name, Polsinelli, is easier for clients and will help us strengthen our national identity.”