March 2, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC announced today Eugene R. Commander has been named managing partner of the national firm’s Denver office. Commander, an 11-year veteran of the firm and vice chair of Polsinelli Shughart’s national construction practice, replaces G. Stephen Long. Long is leaving the firm to start his own plaintiffs’ commercial contingent fee practice.

Commander said the firm intends to continue its recent growth in Denver, including expanding services and developing national practice areas with Polsinelli Shughart’s 13 other offices nationwide.

“I look forward to continuing to help build Polsinelli Shughart’s presence both regionally and nationally, while delivering the high level of service our clients have come to expect,” Commander said.

The Denver office has 27 attorneys who practice in areas including business litigation, corporate law, real estate and construction, intellectual property, financial services, clean technology and life sciences. The Denver office has added eight attorneys in the past year expanding its intellectual property and corporate strengths.

In September 2009, the Denver office relocated to the historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) district to accommodate the firm’s continuing growth and support the area’s redevelopment.

“Polsinelli Shughart remains committed to a strong and growing presence in Denver,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman W. Russell Welsh. “Gene has been instrumental in expanding our services in the Rocky Mountain region based on client needs, and this same focus will continue under his leadership.”

Commander has practiced construction law for more than 30 years. He has been heavily involved in the Denver business and legal communities and has served as past chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, past chair of Denver Civic Ventures and he is currently serving on the executive committee of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. Commander earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with distinction.

For more information contact:

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

Russ Rizzo, Linhart Public Relations, 303-951-2561,

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