March 2, 2012

Another award? We’ll take it. Polsinelli Shughart congratulates 16 of our attorneys in Denver selected for inclusion in 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only five percent of attorneys in Denver are selected for this honor.


Super Lawyers are selected by fellow attorney nominations and include lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves and in-firm votes are only counted if they are matched by an out-of-firm nomination.

The Rising Star category is for attorneys under 40 who have 10 or fewer years of practice. Attorneys are instructed to nominate individuals they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.


The following attorneys were selected for inclusion in 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars:


Super Lawyers

  • Philip W. Bledsoe - Business Litigation
  • Stacy A. Carpenter - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Eugene R. Commander - Construction Litigation
  • Paul V. Franke - Real Estate
  • Sean R. Gallagher - Business Litigation 
  • Darren R. Hensley - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Bruce A. Johnson - Health Care
  • Joseph J. Mellon - General Litigation
  • Ann C. McCullough  - Health Care
  • Gerald A. Niederman - Health Care
  • Steven G. Wright - Real Estate


Rising Stars

  • Gillian McKean Bidgood - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Michael P. Dulin - Intellectual Property Litigation
  • William R. Meyer - Business Litigation
  • Allison R. Nelson - Real Estate
  • Kristine L. Poston - Banking 


About Polsinelli Shughart


With 580 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( 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 is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.


About Super Lawyers


Super Lawyers ( is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel.

Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazine, featuring articles about attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list, is distributed to all attorneys in the state or region, the lead corporate counsel of Russell 3000 companies and the ABA-approved law school libraries.

Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Law & Politics has been publishing legal magazines since 1990 and Super Lawyers since 1991.