December 8, 2010

National law firm Polsinelli Shughart PC named Chicago shareholder Matthew J. Murer to lead the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Murer, a former health care consultant, brings proven leadership to the growing practice having helped draft legislation in Illinois to promote quality and improved standards in assisted living facilities. He joined Polsinelli Shughart in 2008 and advises health care providers on senior housing, assisted living and skilled nursing matters.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Murer. “It is an honor to collaborate with such knowledgeable and dynamic lawyers. In the past eight years, our group has grown eight-fold. Both our lawyers and clients are attracted to our group because of our focus on practical and value driven problem solving. Polsinelli Shughart empowers our lawyers to work with our clients to find the most effective and efficient solutions to their problems.”

Murer will oversee the Health Care Practice which includes 60 attorneys in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Modern Healthcare magazine ranked the Polsinelli Shughart Health Care Practice Group as the 10th largest in the nation, among all law firms, based on rankings by The American Health Lawyers Association.

Murer says increased government scrutiny of health care providers and the ever changing legal landscape, including Health Reform, has highlighted the need for lawyers serving health care clients to understand their businesses and the government at a detailed and practical level.

“We expect continued growth in the group driven by our new and expanding relationships with clients and the expected addition of health care lawyers in the firm’s Denver and Phoenix offices,” said Murer.

In the last year, the firm added two significant healthcare systems including Catholic Health Initiatives, the third largest Catholic Health system in the country, operating health care facilities in 19 states.

Murer has been awarded the AARP Partnership in Excellence Award for his role in drafting the Illinois’ Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Act. For over seven years, Murer served on the Illinois’ Assisted Living and Shared Housing Advisory Committee and the state’s Assisted Living and Shared Housing Quality of Life Committee.

“Selecting Matt as chair of our Health Care Group reinforces Chicago’s importance as a national force in healthcare and to our firm and our Health Care Group,” said Business Department Chair Frank J. Ross, Jr. “Matt brings exuberance to our platform and our lawyers will benefit from his management and leadership.”

Murer speaks and writes frequently on his area of law. He is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Health Reform impact on compliance issues for providers
• Trends in Chicago law firms
• Up and Coming Chicago Professionals
• Trends and legal issues in long term care

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value beyond legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.