May 16, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC expands its Financial Services department with the addition of associate attorney Cristel Shepherd to its Denver office. She will focus on loan enforcement and the protection and enforcement of creditors’ rights as well as bankruptcy and financial restructuring. Two other loan enforcement attorneys joined the firm’s Kansas City office in April.

“The addition of Cristel reflects the increased demand for financial services work, especially in the loan enforcement practice,” said Gene Commander, managing partner of the Denver office of Polsinelli Shughart. “We anticipate steady growth in this area both in the Rocky Mountain region and across the country.”

Shepherd joins a national practice that ranges from Los Angeles to Seattle, and New York City to Miami. Attorneys in the practice connect clients to regional, national and international financial markets and products. The firm’s Financial Services department represents lenders and borrowers in virtually every phase of finance relationships.

“I’m excited to join the loan enforcement and bankruptcy group at Polsinelli Shughart,” said Shepherd. “This new role will allow me to take the skills I learned at Castle Meinhold and expand them to represent lenders in a broader capacity.”

Shepherd previously served as an associate attorney with Castle, Meinhold & Stawiarski LLC in Denver, where she represented institutional lenders and servicers in a variety of litigated matters before state and federal courts. She brings legal experience in a variety of fields including bankruptcy, residential foreclosure and creditors’ rights. Shepherd will work closely with Lawrence D. Cooper and Peter W. Ito, who both joined Polsinelli Shughart’s Financial Services department in the past six months.

Shepherd earned her law degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

For more information contact:

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

Russ Rizzo, Linhart Public Relations, 303-951-2551,

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