February 1, 2009

Excitement fills the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart PC as the new firm opens for clients as one new firm effective February 1, 2009.  Monday morning employees will share a cup of a specially blended Polsinelli Shughart coffee as they usher in a new era of legal services in Kansas City and 12 other cities. Polsinelli Shughart will be able to better serve existing and new clients with 480 lawyers practicing law in offices stretching from Phoenix to Washington, D.C.

“Over the last few months we have not only focused on merger-related activities, we have also had joint practice meetings on how to better serve our clients,” said W. Russell Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli Shughart. “There is a definite energy as we take our legal services to a new level.”

The new firm is the joining of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC and Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, PC, after shareholders voted October 16, 2008 to approve the merger. The new firm name, Polsinelli Shughart PC was carefully selected maintaining the strong reputations each firm has established in Kansas City and other markets.

“There has been a remarkable amount of energy among our lawyers, more than anticipated,” said Jack Kilroy, Jr., who will serve as vice-chairman of Polsinelli Shughart. “The reaction among lawyers, whether they have met previously or not, has surpassed my hope for enthusiasm.”

Polsinelli Shughart is the second largest law firm in Kansas City and Missouri, and in the Top 100 nationally (based on the number of lawyers according to The Kansas City Business Journal, Missouri Lawyers Weekly and The National Law Journal).  We look forward to having all our Kansas City employees working in the same location, but will continue to operate two offices until we can complete the complex process of bringing together more than a thousand people.  We know we’re up for the challenge.

Polsinelli Shughart Fast Facts:

  • Corporate, tax, transaction and bankruptcy attorneys
  • Experienced trial attorneys
  • Founder and past president-Center for Practical Bioethics
  • The first practicing attorney in Kansas or Missouri to be recognized as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • The Director of Licensing and Marketing for the Major League Baseball Players’ Association
  • Five past presidents of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Six past presidents of the Lawyers Association of KC
  • Two past presidents of the Missouri Bar
  • The current president of the Arizona Bar
  • A member of the Missouri Gaming Commission
  • Four former judges now practicing law

About Polsinelli Shughart
With approximately 480 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 and health care. 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 offices in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois; Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and St. Joseph, Missouri; New York City; and Washington, D.C.