News
November 14, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes 15 associates to the firm practicing in the Business, Real Estate and Financial Services, and Trial departments. The associates will practice in Chicago, Dallas, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Phoenix and St. Louis, and are part of the firm's continuing national growth.

“We are pleased to welcome our new associates and are committed to their development,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “We are always striving to be proactive in meeting the needs of our clients today and anticipating their needs tomorrow.”

The addition of the associates occurs during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. In fiscal year 2011, the firm opened Dallas and Los Angeles offices and added more than 39 attorneys nationwide. The National Law Journal ranked Polsinelli Shughart, “the third fastest growing law firm in the country.”

Added as associates in Chicago

• Mark T. Deming, Trial department with a focus on intellectual property and technology litigation. He earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois, magna cum laude, 2009.
• Ron Galant, Ph.D., Business department with a focus on science and technology. He earned a J.D. from John Marshall Law School, cum laude, Order of John Marshall, 2011, and his Ph.D, Genetics, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002. He worked as a patent agent for the firm while attending law school.
• Rodney L. Lewis, Trial department with a focus on business litigation. He earned a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, with honors, 2005.
• Joseph T. Van Leer, Business department with a focus on health care. He earned a J.D. from Loyola University-Chicago, Dean’s List, 2011.

Added as associates in Dallas

• Andrew D. Kinworthy, Business department with a focus on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. He earned a J.D. from Washington University School of Law-St. Louis, 2007.

Added as associates in Kansas City

• Briana R. Barron, Business department with a focus on science and technology, and patents. She earned a J.D. from Marquette University, magna cum laude, 2011, and her M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kansas, 2008. She previously worked as a scientist for the firm.
• Megan Boyd, Trial department with a focus on insurance coverage/bad faith litigation. She earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago, 2011 and her Masters in Professional Accounting, University of Texas-Austin, with honors, 2008.
• Jennifer J. Eng, Trial department with a focus on product liability, and toxic and mass tort. She earned a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law, magna cum laude, 2011.
• Lauren Z. Groebe, Business department with a focus on health care. She earned a J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law, 2011, and a Masters of Health Administration from Saint Louis University in 2011. Currently, Groebe is licensed in Illinois only.
• Joseph M. Jarvis, Business department with a focus on corporate finance and securities. He earned a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, 2011.
• Christopher Simpson, Business department with a focus on corporate law. He earned a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude, 2011.

Added as an associate in Jefferson City

• Michael A. Moorefield, Business department with a focus on public policy-state and local. He earned a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2011 and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 2011.

Added as associates in Phoenix

• Michael W. Zimmerman, Financial Services department with a focus on bankruptcy and financial restructuring. He earned a J.D. from Arizona State University-Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2009 and a M.A. in Teaching, John Hopkins University, 2002.

Added as associates in St. Louis

• DeMario Carswell, Financial Services department with a focus on creditors’ rights, loan enforcement, creditors bankruptcy representation. He earned a J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law, 2011.
• Joseph R. Mantovani, Business department with a focus on corporate law. He earned a J.D. from Washington University School of Law-St. Louis, Dean's List, 2011, and an M.B.A., Washington University, 2011.

For more information contactPublic Relations Manager Heather McMichael at hmcmichael@polsinelli.com or 816-395-0618.

About Polsinelli Shughart

With 570 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) 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, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.