July 28, 2010

FOCUS St. Louis® selected Polsinelli Shughart PC attorney Matthew C. Hans as a member of its 2010-2011 Leadership St. Louis® Class.
Hans is a shareholder and trial attorney at Polsinelli Shughart where he represents start-up companies, closely-held and family-owned businesses, and publicly traded companies. A St. Louis native, Hans says the Leadership St. Louis experience will provide him a broader perspective on his hometown.

“I’m looking forward to acquiring a better understanding of the issues that impact the St. Louis area and my clients,” said Hans. “I hope Leadership St. Louis will allow me to take a more active role in the future of the region, to expand my circle of contacts, and to gain new experiences with a more diverse network. I’m very excited about this opportunity.”

Hans says he will concentrate on economic development, unemployment, education, and ensuring St. Louis has a talented workforce. Already involved in the community, Hans is a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the Bar Association for Metropolitan St. Louis, and the DeSmet Jesuit High School Alumni Board. He is listed as a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star, 2009 and a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations.

Hans earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America in 1999 and his B.A. Classics, cum laude, from Xavier University in 1996. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.

Hans is an excellent source for reporters about:

• Up and coming professionals in St. Louis
• Business litigation
• Fiduciary and corporate governance issues
• Antitrust law

For more information contact:

Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618 or

About the firm
With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.

About FOCUS St. Louis
Locally-based nonprofit, FOCUS St. Louis® is committed to creating regional solutions through community leadership. We bring people together, help find the common ground and make progress happen. With the support and influence of nearly 1,000 members and more than 4,000 graduates of our long-standing leadership programs, FOCUS St. Louis serves as a unique regional catalyst for positive community change. We work for the good of the entire 16-county, bi-state region.