September 18, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart congratulates 10 of its attorneys who are listed among the Best Lawyers in America® 2013 “Lawyers of the Year.” Only a single lawyer from each practice area is honored in a community as the “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013. “Lawyer of the Year” recognition means these attorneys have received particularly high ratings in the regular Best Lawyers® surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

The 10 attorneys chosen include:

Michael V. Conger
Kansas City, MO
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Michael J. Connell
Los Angeles, CA
Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year”

Daniel J. Flanigan
Kansas City, MO
Litigation – Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year”

Joan Killgore
St. Louis, MO
Health Care “Lawyer of the Year”

Greg L. Musil
Kansas City, KS
Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year”

William B. Prugh
Kansas City, MO
Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Anthony F. Rupp
Kansas City, KS
Municipal “Lawyer of the Year”

R. Lawrence Ward
Kansas City, MO
Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”

Lisa A. Weixelman
Kansas City, MO
Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Stanley N. Woodworth
Kansas City, KS
Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers® is one of the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publications in the legal profession. Best Lawyers® compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

About Polsinelli Shughart
With more than 600 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( is a national law firm and recognized leader in the areas of health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, the firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services – with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.

About Best Lawyers®
Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast over three million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers® have no say in deciding which specialties they are included in. They are voted into specialties entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.

Since many state bar associations have a board certification process and rules governing legal specialties, please be aware that the specialties and subspecialties listed in our publications are based on information from the general legal community and that a listed lawyer may or may not be board certified in a specialty or subspecialty. Clients are urged to check a lawyer’s firm web page or determine whether he or she is board certified in the specialty or subspecialty.