Peter Corsale, shareholder at national law firm Polsinelli, was named today a “2018 Diverse Business Leader” by the St. Louis Business Journal for his efforts to promote diversity within the St. Louis region. Corsale was recognized at a luncheon attended by more than 200 civic and business leaders.
Corsale is the president of the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis (HBAstl), whose mission is to promote involvement and participation in the legal profession by Hispanic individuals, in both the private and public sector. The organization also works to bring attention to issues facing Hispanics in the St. Louis community, in particular, advancing equal protection for the Hispanic community before the law.
“A diverse, inclusive workforce brings incredible advantages to our clients and our firm,” said Jane Arnold, Polsinelli’s St. Louis office managing partner. “I congratulate Peter on this tremendous honor. His dedication and commitment to increasing diversity, both within Polsinelli and throughout the St. Louis legal community, has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and our region.”
As president of the HBAstl, one of Corsale’s key goals during his tenure is to connect people, be it members to potential clients, members to the judiciary, or members to law students. He views these connections as a critical element to bring attention to issues facing Hispanics in St. Louis and the legal profession, as well as advancing equal protection for the Hispanic community before the law.
Another objective for Corsale is to build a pipeline of Hispanic candidates to become judges. Currently there are no Hispanic judges in St. Louis or St. Louis County and no Hispanic federal judges within the Eighth Circuit. To help Hispanics have more representation within the judiciary, Corsale believes there must be more robust opportunities for mentorship of those who seek to be appointed to a judicial role.
As a shareholder in Polsinelli’s national Commercial Litigation practice group, Corsale represents clients in a broad range of complex disputes, from commercial contracts to stockholder disagreements and complex property tax discrimination suits. The practice was named one of 2017's "Powerhouses" nationwide in Complex Commercial Litigation (one of only six firms nationwide) and a Standout in Everyday Commercial Litigation by BTI Consulting. In addition to many state and individual rankings by Chambers USA 2018, the practice is also currently ranked nationally as a Tier 1 firm for Commercial Litigation (U.S. News and World Report's "Best Law Firms," 2018).
“Our practice at Polsinelli represents both minority-owned business entities and large corporations with diversity at the heart of their core business tenets,” Corsale said. “I’m proud to be a part of a firm and a practice committed to ensuring our members reflect the diversity of both our clients and the St. Louis community as a whole.”
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 825 attorneys in 21 cities coast to coast. Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli is also named among the top 30 best-known firms in the nation3 for the second consecutive year. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. www.polsinelli.com
12018 BTI Client Service A Team Report
22017 BTI Industry Power Rankings
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