August 16, 2011
Foresight and strategic planning paid off for national law firm Polsinelli. In August, Modern Healthcare magazine released its annual rankings, which show the firm climbed an impressive four spots to the enviable number six position. The numbers are based on attorneys who are members of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

“No one could have ever foreseen the opportunity as it has materialized or how important health care has become to the national economy,” said Business Department Chair Frank Ross. “Twenty years ago, the firm set a goal of developing a nationally pre-eminent health care practice. Thanks to our clients, and the hard work of our attorneys, we have realized that goal.”

At that time, the landscape of law firms offering health care services fell into two categories: long-established firms with huge practices, and smaller firms without much depth or expertise. Ross knew it would be an uphill battle because the firms practicing in health care dominated the field and were entrenched in the industry. The practice started in Kansas City and St. Louis but the firm recognized it would need to expand to key markets to be truly national in scope.

“We could have had the finest health care lawyers in Kansas City and St. Louis but we needed talented health care lawyers in Chicago and Washington, D.C. to first be considered as a national firm,” said Ross.

Ross, along with others, was the architect who helped make that happen. The Health Care Group now consists of attorneys in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, St. Joseph St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The recent addition of eleven health care attorneys in Denver, and Jonathan Henderson and Chad Knight in Dallas, further deepened the talent pool of resources for clients.

“This is a very exciting time for our practice,” said Health Care Chair Matt Murer, who practices in the Chicago office of Polsinelli. “Our bench strength allows us to provide comprehensive representation to physicians, hospitals and health systems and long term care providers. This includes everything from counseling on day-to-day operational issues to advising clients on complex policy and political issues through our public policy group in DC.”

Attorneys from a variety of practice areas helped make the designation as sixth largest a reality. Corporate, tax, nonprofit, employee benefits and litigation attorneys, whose practices are largely devoted to the firm’s health care clients, are part of a team of attorneys who compose this multi-disciplinary practice. The firm has plans to continue the growth of the practice in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.