February 9, 2012

National law firm Polsinelli Shughart welcomes attorney Richard A. Yawitz as a shareholder in the firm’s Business department where he will combine his corporate transactional law experience involving closely-held companies along with his knowledge in the areas of strategic operational planning and taxation.

“Richard’s experience in business planning strategies and estate planning for owners of closely-held companies complements our corporate law team locally as well as our firm’s national practice,” said St. Louis Managing Director Randy S. Gerber. “We are pleased to have him join us.”

Yawitz represents closely-held companies in numerous types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, recapitalizations, reorganizations, divestitures and other transactions involving strategic tax and business planning. He also is experienced in a wide variety of wealth and estate planning matters including business succession, family wealth preservation and asset protection planning.  

“Polsinelli Shughart offers me an outstanding opportunity to further develop my corporate law practice while working alongside some of the most respected attorneys in the business,” said Yawitz. “I have been particularly impressed with the technical experience of the firm’s attorneys. I look forward to collaborating with them.”

The addition of Yawitz to the St. Louis office occurs during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. The firm opened new offices in Dallas and Los Angeles and added more than 40 attorneys nationwide last year. The National Law Journal ranked Polsinelli Shughart in 2011 as “the third fastest growing law firm in the country.”

Yawitz earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Polsinelli Shughart’s Business department, which includes the firm’s Corporate Law group, is composed of more than 240 attorneys practicing in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville (IL); Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; St. Louis; Topeka; and Washington, D.C. The department’s attorneys provide advice and solutions to legal problems in virtually every phase of business relationships.

The St. Louis attorneys are committed to the vitality, economic development and sustainability of the St. Louis business and legal communities as they are involved in and serve in leadership roles ranging from the Regional Business Council, and St. Louis Chamber and Growth Association to the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District and Missouri Growth Association.

Yawitz is a good source for reporters working on stories about:


§   Strategic wealth/tax planning considerations prior to business transactions

§   Structuring issues relating to mergers & acquisitions

§   Succession issues in closely-held and family businesses

§   Buy-sell agreement issues relating to family businesses

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael at 816-395-0618 or at

About Polsinelli Shughart

With 570 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, as Polsinelli Shughart LLP.