Awards & Recognition
August 14, 2013

Polsinelli congratulates its attorneys nationwide who are among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. The rankings occur during a time of growth as the firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, Polsinelli moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

Who’s New?

Five Polsinelli attorneys were included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the first time, increasing the total amount ranked to 135. Those new to the list include John Cox for Real Estate Law from the Dallas office, John Hebert for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law from the Phoenix office and Bradley Kafka for Employment Law – Management, Tara Nealey for Patent Law and Mark Weisman for Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management all from the St. Louis office.

Polsinelli has 12 lawyers who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 10 years, three lawyers who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 20 years, and one lawyer has been ranked in Best Lawyers® for 25 years.

Chicago, IL

  • Mark A. Gershon (2012) - Real Estate Law
  • Linas J. Grikas (2013) - Health Care Law
  • Lauren K. Mack (2013) - Native American Law
  • Jane K. McCahill (2008) - Health Care Law
  • Daniel S. Reinberg (2013) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Dallas, TX

  • John C. Cox (2014) - Real Estate Law 
  • Leanne C. Medford (2012) - Appellate Practice
  • Henry Talavera (2006) - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Lon R. Williams, Jr. (2006) - Employment Law – Management;Labor Law – Management

Denver, CO

  • Stacy A. Carpenter (2012) - Insurance Law 
  • Eugene R. Commander (2005) - Construction Law; Litigation - Construction 
  • Colleen M. Faddick (2010) - Health Care Law 
  • T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald (2013) - Health Care Law 
  • Sean R. Gallagher (2011) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor & Employment 
  • Darren R. Hensley (2013) - Corporate Law
  • Bruce A. Johnson (2009) - Health Care Law 
  • Ann C. McCullough (2009) - Health Care Law
  • Peter T. Moore (2013) - Corporate Law
  • Gerald A. Niederman (2006) - Health Care Law

Jefferson City, MO 

  •  Rodney D. Gray (2012) -Government Relations Practice

 Kansas City, MO 

  • Brett D. Anders (2007) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Litigation - Bankruptcy 
  • Douglas K. Anning (2009) - Health Care Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Jennifer Gille Bacon (2005) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust 
  • Roy Bash (2005) - Construction Law; Litigation - Construction 
  • Jacob W. Bayer, Jr. (2007) - Corporate Law 
  • Greg M. Bentz (2012) -Commercial Litigation;Litigation - Antitrust
  • James E. Bird (2005) -Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • John S. Black (2007) -Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Sports Law
  • Mary Beth Blake (1993) (20 years) - Health Care Law
  •  Irwin E. Blond (2010) - Real Estate Law
  • P. John Brady (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Michael V. Conger (2007) - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  •  Dennis J. Dobbels (2007) -Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants
  • Robert E. Fitzgerald, Jr. (2010) - Corporate Law; Real Estate Law
  • Daniel J. Flanigan (2005) - Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Karen R. Glickstein (2008) - Employment Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Virginia C. Gross (2008) - Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Lisa M. Haines (2010) -Real Estate Law
  • Matthew R. Hale (2010) - Construction Law; Litigation - Construction
  • Robert A. Henderson (2003) (10 years) Commercial Litigation;Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants;
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Bruce R. Hopkins (2007) -Non-Profit / Charities Law 
  • Jay M. Howard (2011) - Health Care Law
  • G. Edgar James (2011) - Construction Law; Litigation - Construction
  • Russell S. Jones, Jr. (2005) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent
  • W. Terrence Kilroy (2007) - Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • John M. Kilroy, Jr. (2005) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation;Litigation - Antitrust
  • Kraig M. Kohring (2007) - Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Thomas G. Kokoruda (1991) (20 years) - Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law Litigation - Antitrust; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • William W. Mahood III (2007) -  Corporate Law 
  •  Maribeth S. McMahon (2008) - Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Thomas P. O'Donnell (2010) - Health Care Law
  • Dennis D. Palmer (1995) (10 years) - Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law
  • James A. Polsinelli (1999) (10 years) - Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • William B. Prugh (2007) - Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Tax Law 
  • William E. Quirk (2007) - Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation
  • Anthony J. Romano (2013) - Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Jeffrey B. Rosen (2007) - Construction Law;Litigation - Construction
  • William J. Sanders (2011) - Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Tax Law
  • Thomas J. Schenkelberg (2010) - Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Patricia A. Sexton (2011) - Commercial Litigation;Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Lonnie J. Shalton (2006) - Real Estate Law
  • Paul D. Sinclair (2008) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Litigation - Bankruptcy 
  • James C. Sullivan (2010) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor & Employment 
  • Kevin R. Sweeney (2007) - Biotechnology Law; Corporate Law 
  • R. Lawrence Ward (1993) (20 years) - Antitrust Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation;
    Litigation - Antitrust; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants 
  • Lisa A. Weixelman (2007) - Insurance Law
  • W. Russell Welsh (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  •  Patrick C. Woolley (2011) - Biotechnology Law

Los Angeles, CA 

  • Michael J. Connell (1983) (25 years) -Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  •  Lisa Greer Quateman (2006) - Public Finance Law 
  • Randye B. Soref (2013) -Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Overland Park, KS  

  • Frank A. Caro, Jr. (2007) - Energy Law 
  • Greg L. Musil (2005) - Bet-the-Company Litigation;Commercial Litigation; Land Use & Zoning Law;Litigation  & Controversy - Tax; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; Litigation - Real Estate 
  • Curtis J. Petersen (2013) - Land Use and Zoning Law 
  • John D. Petersen (2006) - Municipal Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Steven D. Ruse (2008) - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • John S. Schmidt (2007) - Trusts and Estates
  • Timothy J. Sear (2009) - Commercial Litigation; Land Use & Zoning;Litigation - Land Use & Zoning;  
     Litigation - Securities
  • Lawrence A. Swain (2006) - Copyright Law; Patent Law; Trademark Law
  • Steven C. Willman (2012) - Trusts and Estates

Phoenix, AZ 

  • Yu Cai (2013) - Biotechnology Law 
  • Karen R. Dickinson (2010) - Information Technology Law 
  • Michael C. Ford (2013) - Environmental Law
  • Marty Harper (2006) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Labor Law -   Management; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Securities;      Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • John J. Hebert (2014) - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Thomas K. Irvine (2008) - Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Municipal; Municipal Law
  • Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (10 years) - Corporate Law; Finance Law
  • Lucas J. Narducci (2007) - Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental
  • Edward F. Novak (1995) (10 years) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Kristen Rosati (2007) - Health Care Law
  • Andrew B. Turk (2013) - Commercial Litigation

Springfield, MO

  • Jay M. Dade (2013) - Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment 
  • Phillip R. Garrison (2010) - Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
  • John C. Holstein (2005) - Appellate Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; Litigation - Real Estate 
  • Thomas J. O'Neal (2005) - Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency   and Reorganization Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Michael D. Textor (2010) - Construction Law; Litigation – Construction; Real Estate Law

St. Joseph, MO 

  • R. Dan Boulware (2005) - Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Grace S. Day (2009) - Family Law
  • Mark R. Woodbury (2012) - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Health Care Law

St. Louis, MO 

  • Jane E. Arnold (2012) - Health Care Law 
  •  Scot W. Boulton (2011) - Litigation - Trusts & Estates; Trusts and Estates
  • Thomas Campbell (2013) - Gaming Law 
  • John M. Challis (2008) - Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • T. Jack Challis (2012) - Trusts and Estates
  • Ruben K. Chuquimia (2012) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
    Graham L. Day (2013) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Patent
  • Doreen D. Dodson (2011) - Immigration Law
  • Kathryn J. Doty (2013) - Patent Law
  • Jeffrey E. Fine (2010) - Copyright Law; Corporate Law; Technology Law; Trademark Law
  • James A. Fredericks (2013) - Real Estate Law
  • Randy S. Gerber (2008) - Health Care Law
  • Mark H. Goran (2003) (10 years) - Health Care Law
  • Keith J. Grady (2012) - Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent
  • Kenneth E. Hand (1995) (10 years); Trusts and Estates
  • Janice E. Hetland (2012) - Real Estate Law
  • Andrew T. Hoyne (2003) (10 years) - Biotechnology Law; Technology Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Bradley G. Kafka (2014) - Employment Law - Management
  • Joan B. Killgore (2012) - Corporate Law; Health Care Law
  • Paul G. Klug (2010) - Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Jamie Zveitel Kwiatek (2007) - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Lisa D. McLaughlin (1995) (10 years) - Trusts and Estates
  • Tara A. Nealey (2014) - Patent Law
  • Sanford S. Neuman (1995) (10 years) - Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Joseph T. Porter, Jr. (2006) - Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law
  • Scot J. Seabaugh (2013) - Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Robert J. Selsor (2008) - Commercial Litigation; Litigation Trusts & Estates
  • Helmut Starr (2008) - Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; Litigation - Municipal
    Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
  • Kenneth H. Suelthaus (1995) (10 years) - Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Eric M. Trelz (2013) - Employment Law - Management
  • Mark W. Weisman (2014) - Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management
  • Stuart H. Zimbalist (2001) (10 years) - Real Estate Law

Topeka, KS

  •  William W. Sneed (2007) - Government Relations Practice

Washington, D.C. 

  • Teresa A. Brooks (2013) - Health Care Law
  • James H. Davidson (2009) - Government Relations Practice
  • Martin Frost (2009) - Government Relations Practice
  • Steven J. Weber (2009) - Construction Law

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780, hmcmichael@polsinelli.com

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About Best Lawyers®

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast over three million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers® have no say in deciding which specialties they are included in. They are voted into specialties entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.

Since many state bar associations have a board certification process and rules governing legal specialties, please be aware that the specialties and subspecialties listed in our publications are based on information from the general legal community and that a listed lawyer may or may not be board certified in a specialty or subspecialty. Clients are urged to check a lawyer’s firm web page to determine whether he or she is board certified in the specialty or subspecialty.

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