January 24, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney Matthew S. Layfield to the firm as an associate in the Financial Services department where he will focus on creditors rights, loan enforcement and creditor bankruptcy representation. Layfield brings experience prosecuting and defending clients in both state and federal courts, including representation in multiple bankruptcy districts.

“We are pleased to have Matthew join our firm and his background representing clients in state and federal courts will be beneficial to clients,” said Managing Director/St. Louis Randy Gerber. “He has a keen understanding of business operations that will be particularly valuable to lenders and other creditor clients.”

Polsinelli Shughart’s Financial Services department stretches from New York City to Phoenix with a strong presence in the Midwest. The St. Louis office has deep roots in the community and a national reach. Polsinelli Shughart is the seventh largest law firm in the metropolitan area with more than 85 attorneys.

“I am excited to join the talented team of financial services attorneys at Polsinelli Shughart,” said Layfield. “The firm can offer clients sophisticated services, and the caliber of attorneys is what a young lawyer needs to further develop their practice and accelerate their career. I am proud to join this team.”

Layfield will assist clients with a variety of financial services matters including commercial enforcement and workout actions ranging from commercial buildings to real property actions. He has also has represented clients’ in bankruptcy litigation and motion practice defending secured and unsecured creditor rights and conducting evidentiary hearings.

Layfield earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2005. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Iowa in 2002.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Layfield holds court admissions to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.

Layfield will be a good source for reporters working on stories about: 

Bankruptcy issues related to real property 
Foreclosure legislation and issues 
Commercial loan workouts

For more information contact:
Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

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

About Polsinelli Shughart PC
With more than 500 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 beyond 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; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.