November 23, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes prominent St. Louis attorney Andrew Hoyne as vice chair of its national life sciences practice effective Nov.18. Hoyne, with more than 20 years of experience as a corporate attorney serving biotechnology and life sciences clients, will join his corporate, technical and finance knowledge, with the firm’s existing multidisciplinary, integrated life sciences practice in the St. Louis region and throughout the nation. Prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart, Hoyne was a partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP.

“I am very excited to join the powerhouse team of Polsinelli Shughart attorneys who are on the forefront of representing the life sciences industry, from entrepreneurs, to investors, institutes and scientists,” said Hoyne who is recognized as an industry leader in life sciences. “Polsinelli Shughart’s integrated approach to this emerging area of law attracted me to their firm and will greatly benefit my clients. I look forward to partnering with their vast resources.”

Hoyne represents emerging and established life sciences companies spawned by regional colleges and universities. He has helped launch and develop companies involved in cancer and cardiovascular research, medical devices and pharmaceutical products, as well as agricultural products. During his career he has helped his clients raise $100 million in capital to launch and grow life science and bio-tech companies.

“There is no other law firm in Missouri that can offer clients the deep bench of sophisticated and experienced attorneys that serve the life science industry throughout the state,” said Kevin Sweeney, chair of life sciences at Polsinelli Shughart. “This expansion of our multidisciplinary practice group is really about putting our client services first, and further reinforces this firm’s commitment to increasing its presence in the life sciences industry nationally.”

Hoyne is recognized as a Best Lawyers in America for Biotechnology and Information Technology Law, a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer®, a Who’s Who in St. Louis Technology by The St. Louis Business Journal and is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell. In addition, Hoyne is one of the original organizers and past chair of the St. Louis Capital Alliance, a group dedicated to the development of a vibrant venture capital environment in the St. Louis region, by raising the area’s venture capital profile locally, nationally and globally.

“There are very few lawyers in St. Louis who have the capabilities and sophistication to do what Andrew Hoyne does for life sciences clients,” said Randy Gerber, managing director St. Louis. “We are thrilled to be bringing him onboard to work with our intellectual property, health care, and other specialized service groups serving life science clients in the St. Louis region.”

Hoyne graduated from Washington University School of Law with his LL.M and his J.D. and received his B.A. from Knox College. He is a frequent presenter and author in his area of law having recently spoken before the American Bar Association, New York, NY in 2008 on “Biotechnology Material Transfer Agreements.”

“It’s extremely rewarding to assist clients in the pursuit of capital particularly during these challenging economic times, “said Hoyne. “As a longtime resident of St. Louis, I am dedicated to the development of our community by providing the resources necessary to further enhance life in the St. Louis region.”

About Polsinelli Shughart’s Life Sciences Practice

The Life Sciences group of Polsinelli Shughart consists of over 50 attorneys from more than 10 practice groups that focus on providing the full range of legal services required by businesses and other organizations involved with the human and animal health, plant science, green technology, alternative energy and biosecurity industries. From our offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., we provide integrated and strategic advice on corporate and finance, intellectual property, FDA and regulatory, health care, nonprofit and tax, real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, energy regulatory and public policy matters. We serve clients in all stages of development, from emerging and growth companies to public and other established companies.

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About Polsinelli Shughart
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.