April 9, 2010

Polsinelli Shughart PC expands its national Public Policy group with the addition of a team lead by eight health care senior public policy strategists and professionals. This group brings top-tier, sophisticated regulatory and advocacy experience to Polsinelli Shughart’s established Public Policy group. The firm’s clients will benefit from the expanded health care and regulatory capabilities particularly with the recent passage of healthcare reform.

The following leaders bring their well-established practices and relationships to our firm:

• Alan K. Parver, shareholder, who advises clients on third-party reimbursement and coverage issues
• Steve K. Stranne, shareholder, who assists clients on regulatory, legislative and strategic initiatives
• Cynthia E. Berry, shareholder, who provides strategic counsel on appropriations and health care issues
• Julius W. Hobson, Jr., senior policy advisor, the former director, Division of Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association
• Harry A. Sporidis, senior policy advisor, former senior aid to then-Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-PA).

In addition, two policy advisors and a health care associate will be joining the firm. All are joining from the Washington, D.C. office of Bryan Cave.

“We think Polsinelli Shughart provides a strong platform for our clients with its established Public Policy group, national health care practice, and its commitment to grow a substantial health care policy practice in Washington,” said Parver who joins the firm as a shareholder. “The enactment of health reform legislation provides a tremendous array of opportunities, as well as challenges and we believe Polsinelli Shughart is very well positioned to meet the needs of these clients.”

Parver, and the new additions to the Public Policy group, represent healthcare manufacturers, providers, trade associations and coalitions on an array of healthcare issues pertaining to coverage, payment, quality standards and coding for health-related products, treatments and therapries. They join well-known Polsinelli Shughart Public Policy attorneys including former Texas Congressman Martin Frost, former Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof, and Jim Davidson and Anita R. Estell.

“I’ve known and respected Alan for many years,” said Jim Davidson chair of Polsinelli Shughart’s national Public Policy group in D.C. “This team provides our clients with strategists who have a deep understanding of the health care industry and established relationships in Washington, D.C. The synergy of these talented professionals joining our firm comes at an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. It’s a natural fit.”

Polsinelli Shughart is a full-service business and business litigation law firm with 16 offices strategically located in seven states and the nation’s capital. With a national presence headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, attorneys provide clients significant experience from a platform that efficiently delivers legal services.

“This well-respected and well-known group in Washington, D.C. brings legislative and regulatory experience that will benefit our clients,” said Chairman W. Russell Welsh. “The addition is part of a long-term, strategic plan designed to expand the depth of our healthcare practice and our Public Policy group.”

The new additions to Polsinelli Shughart’s Public Policy group include:


Alan K. Parver

Steven Kent Stranne

Cynthia E. Berry

Senior Policy Advisors

Julius W. Hobson, Jr.

Harry A. Sporidis


Leah M. Stone

Policy Advisors

Tim Perrin

Darryl Drevna

For more information contact Heather McMichael, Public Relations Manager, 816-395-0618,

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