Awards & Recognition
April 30, 2014

D Magazine has selected three Polsinelli attorneys as Best Lawyers in 2014. Congratulations to:

James H. Billingsley - Bankruptcy & Workout

Gemma L. Descoteaux - Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate Law

Henry Talavera - ERISA

The attorneys in Dallas offer clients a range of services including corporate matters, banking law, commercial lending, creditors’ rights and loan enforcement, financial services, health care, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and executive compensation, labor and employment, and commercial real estate development and finance. Their clients’ include private equity, health care, commercial banking, staffing, commercial real estate finance, defense contracting, and energy industries. Former Texas Congressman Martin Frost divides time between the Dallas office and Washington, D.C. In 2011, the newly opened Dallas office opened a new space at St. Ann’s Court.

Attorneys in the Dallas office are recognized leaders in their areas of practice within the legal community for their achievements and dedication to client needs with honors in The Best Lawyers in America®, Texas Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Dallas, Rising Stars, Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer, the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the Bar Register for Preeminent Women Lawyers and the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas.

From D Magazine

Which lawyers make the list?

To compile our list of the best 502 lawyers in Dallas, we asked lawyers with a valid Texas bar number to visit and nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm across all voting categories, keeping the following question in mind: which Dallas lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers observed in court, and opposing counsel. Self-nominations were not counted. Spych Market Analytics processed the votes and created a statistical algorithm to determine the cutoff. Then, a panel of eminent lawyers evaluated the Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014 list. The panel’s anonymity was assured, so the lawyers could speak freely about issues that would only be known within the legal community. Any additions made by the panel are represented with an asterisk. After the list was complete, a copy was turned over to our sales staff. The sales department cannot add or subtract from the list. They, in turn, offer full-profile advertisements to the winners. The editors have no idea who purchases these ads, which are found in a special advertising section somewhere else in the magazine. If lawyers decline to buy an ad, they are still listed. No one can buy an ad in the special section unless he or she is included on this list.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

About Polsinelli

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Polsinelli is a first generation Am Law 100 firm, serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally. Our attorneys successfully build enduring client relationships by providing practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and with a passion for understanding how to assist General Counsel and CEOs achieve their objectives. Polsinelli is ranked 18th in number of U.S. partners* and has more than 700 attorneys in 18 offices. Polsinelli was profiled in the June 2013 issue of The American Lawyer as the fastest-growing law firm in America over a five-year period. The firm focuses on health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation, and has depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP.
*Law360, March 2014