December 29, 2009

The Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney Paula S. Kim, as associate, to the firm’s trial department where she will practice business litigation. Ms. Kim concentrates her practice in the areas of complex, general business and commercial litigation. She represents both publicly traded and privately held businesses, individual officers and directors, and entrepreneurs in a variety of areas. Ms. Kim has represented banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturing companies, professional service providers, business ventures and trusts. Ms. Kim most recently practiced with the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for four years before joining Polsinelli Shughart.

“There is an energy and excitement at the Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart,” said Ms. Kim who is a Chicago native. “I’m very excited to be part of the office growth, and welcome the experience of the stellar attorneys within the firm to help me further develop my legal career. The opportunities here are very attractive for attorneys.”

The Chicago office has recently added significant practitioners in the health care, land use and development, and labor and employment practice areas to its existing strengths in corporate, banking, intellectual property/patents, real estate and commercial litigation. The Polsinelli Shughart national business litigation practice includes 174 attorneys in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and other offices.
“Paula is an excellent addition to the Chicago office,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr. “She is an enthusiastic up and coming trial attorney, dedicated to her craft and committed to volunteering in the community. We’re excited to have her onboard as we continue the growth of the Chicago office which is now at 34 attorneys.”

Ms. Kim graduated with her J.D., cum laude, in 2005 from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois where she was associate editor of the DePaul Law Review, and an appellate team member of the DePaul Moot Court Society. She was a winner of the DePaul Intramural Moot Court Society Appellate Competition in September 2004. Ms. Kim earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science and history in May 2001. She previously was a law clerk in the labor and employment division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, and a graduate fellow for the Center for Justice in Capital Cases, Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
She is a member of the Illinois Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District. Ms. Kim is also a board member for the Korean American Bar Association and president of the Young Leaders Board of Korean American Community Services.
In addition to her trial and appellate practice, Ms. Kim is committed to public service through her pro bono work in the areas of immigration law, housing discrimination and family law.
“Practicing commercial litigation in the private sector gives me the freedom to pursue my interest in helping others who cannot afford the sophisticated legal services an attorney can provide,” said Ms. Kim. “One of my most interesting cases involved winning political asylum for a client from Chad, Africa. If he had been forced to return to Chad he would have most certainly been killed.”
A rising, young litigation star, Ms. Kim would be an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

· Complex and general business litigation
· Appellate work
· Up and coming young professionals
· Pro bono work
· Asian-American issues

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

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With approximately 470 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 13 offices located 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.