May 2, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney Mary M. Bannister as a shareholder in the firm’s Business department where she will focus her practice on all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions of privately owned enterprises.

“We’re very excited that Mary has joined our team. She brings a wealth of practical experience relating to all aspects of business operations,” said Randy S. Gerber, managing director of the St. Louis office. “Mary’s addition is part of a long-term strategic plan for Polsinelli Shughart in St. Louis to grow in a way that satisfies our clients’ needs. Mary’s sophisticated legal work, particularly with privately held businesses, is part of that growth.”

Polsinelli Shughart is one of the fastest-growing national firms with more than 530 attorneys in 14 cities. The St. Louis office is the seventh largest law firm in the metropolitan area with more than 85 attorneys. The St. Louis region has deep local roots and national reach.

Polsinelli Shughart’s Corporate Law group consists of nearly 50 attorneys representing thousands of businesses throughout the United States and internationally. Due to its rapid growth, the firm’s attorneys understand firsthand the challenges and rewards of growing from a start-up to a mature business and thus have established a broad practice capable of assisting clients in all manner of transactional and business needs.

“I had been looking for a dynamic corporate practice that embraced entrepreneurship. Polsinelli Shughart seemed a right fit due to the firm’s excellent reputation in that area,” Bannister said. “I was particularly impressed by the firm’s depth and experience in the full scope of business services.”

Bannister’s law career includes representation of sellers and buyers of private businesses in both stock and asset transactions, including the various financial aspects of the transaction. She also advises private companies – from start-ups to long held family businesses – with respect to transitions of ownership, control and management, as well as negotiating and drafting general business contracts.

Additionally, Bannister also has represented borrowers and lenders in secured transactions, including structuring, negotiation and documentation of term and revolving credit facilities, working capital loans, acquisition loans and other financing arrangements.

Bannister earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1992. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Bannister is a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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

Unique issues in representation of privately held businesses 
Business start-up issues for 
Long-held family business transformations

For more information contact:

Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

Bob Inderman, Parris Communications, 816-931-8900,

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With more than 530 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( 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 Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Dallas; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.