Ten years ago, Kansas City was taking its first uncertain steps toward life-sciences and high-tech prominence. At that time, the firm known today as Polsinelli Shughart—and soon, Polsinelli PC—had exactly zero attorneys with practice concentrations in science and technology. Greg Kratofil was among the first to take on those new duties, and today, that practice group and its team of nearly 40 lawyers is a reflection of just how far the firm—and Kansas City itself—have come in that realm. Two of the technology areas he specializes in were naturals in this market—information security and health-care information technology. Kratofil, 39, has also assisted local tech clients in their efforts to raise capital, not just within the Kansas City market, but in major population centers with bigger investment fish.
His commitment to the transformative power of technology has most recently been on display with the Google Fiber project; Kratofil is the lead local counsel for the “Fiber for Communities” initiative, working with municipal leadership on each side of the state line. He’s also a co-founder of KC Next-The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City. “I love working with technology entrepreneurs,” Kratofil said after being named Service Provider of the Year by Silicon Prairie News. “Quite frankly, they inspire me. Technology entrepreneurs envision the world as a better place. They envision it faster, more efficient, more entertaining and more secure. The technology entrepreneur puts his time, talents and resources on the line every day, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to help.”
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