April 14, 2010

Erin E. Lary, an attorney with a broad range of litigation experience in both federal and state courts, joined Polsinelli Shughart PC as an associate in the firm’s Trial Department and will focus her practice on business litigation and product liability.

Lary’s past litigation experience includes automotive products liability actions, insurance coverage and bad faith issues, premises liability, personal injury, civil rights and employment. Her trial experience includes the successful defense of employers in discrimination claims, personal injury actions and wrongful death.

Lary also owns considerable appellate experience, which includes representing clients before Missouri appellate courts and before the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She also served as law clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit from 2004-05.

“Erin is a talented young trial lawyer and an excellent addition to our firm,” said Thomas G. Kokoruda, chairman of the firm’s Trial Department. “Polsinelli Shughart has grown tremendously over the past year. Our growth strategy includes expanding our strong product liability practice to complement our existing nationally recognized business litigation practice. We also are particularly pleased to have Erin’s broad range of litigation experience in both federal and state courts.”

Lary graduated with her J.D. in 2003 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, with distinction, and was a member of Law Review. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business-Marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas.

“Polsinelli Shughart is a national player in business litigation and product liability. I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of its growing team of skilled trial attorneys,” said Lary. “The wide span of trial, appellate and business work we do here makes it a very attractive environment for young lawyers. Because of the breadth of work, we have the ability to provide clients the exceptional service they need.”

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

Product defects and related injuries 
Insurers’ responsibilities to the people or groups they insure 
Avoiding and defending discrimination claims

For more information:

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

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

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With more than 495 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.