May 27, 2021

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has earned prominent placements in the 2021 state, practice and attorney rankings from Chambers USA, a leading legal industry rankings organization. In total, 69 Polsinelli attorneys and 14 different practice areas were recognized across nearly all of the firm’s geographic locations nationwide.

Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the country. Chambers rankings are compiled through assessments of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback. Firms and lawyers need to demonstrate sustained excellence in order to be ranked in the guide.

“We are proud of our lawyers and practice groups that continue to raise the bar of achievement each year, and are honored to have earned this recognition from this prestigious legal industry organization,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Chase Simmons. “We strive to continue this caliber of work in order to best serve our clients.”

The following Polsinelli practices and attorneys were recognized in Chambers USA 2021 rankings, which are organized by firm departments below.


Business Department 



Corporate M&A – Arizona

Corporate M&A – Colorado

Corporate M&A – Kansas City & Surrounds

Corporate M&A – St. Louis & Surrounds

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth & Surrounds

Franchising – Nationwide

Insurance – Missouri  


Attorneys Nationally Ranked:

Joyce G. Mazero in Global Franchising

Joyce G. Mazero in Nationwide Franchising

Jan S. Gilbert in Nationwide Franchising

Leonard MacPhee in Nationwide Franchising


Attorneys State Ranked:


Phillip P. Guttilla in Corporate/M&A

Darren R. Hensley in Corporate/M&A


Gregory K. Brown in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Lawrence A. Swain in Corporate/M&A

Kansas City & Surrounds

William W. Mahood III in Corporate/M&A

Frank J. Ross, Jr. in Corporate/M&A

Kevin R. Sweeney in Corporate/M&A


Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin in Insurance

St. Louis & Surrounds

Ruben K. Chuquimia in Corporate/M&A


Kolin B. Holladay in Corporate/M&A

Texas & Surrounds

Patti J. Hedgpeth in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Henry Talavera in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation  



Healthcare Department

Healthcare Elite – Nationwide (nationally ranked for the seventh-consecutive year.)


Healthcare – California

Healthcare – Georgia
Healthcare – Illinois

Healthcare – North Carolina

Healthcare – Texas

Healthcare – Washington


Attorneys Nationally Ranked:

Stuart M. Pape in Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation
Iliana Peters in Global Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare (Up & Coming)
Iliana Peters in Nationwide Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare (Up & Coming)

Attorneys State Ranked:



J. Everett Wilson in Healthcare

Paul A. Gomez in Healthcare

Rick Rifenbark in Healthcare

Nathaniel 'Tani' Weiner in Healthcare

District of Columbia

Michael M. Gaba in Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory

Brian F. McEvoy in Healthcare

Daniel J. Mohan in Healthcare
Lisa S. Katz in Healthcare (Up & Coming)

North Carolina

Barry D. Alexander in Healthcare

Sean A. Timmons in Healthcare


Sherri T. Alexander in Healthcare

Mark S. Armstrong in Healthcare


Jim Fredman in Healthcare


Intellectual Property Department


Intellectual Property – Colorado
Intellectual Property – Missouri
Intellectual Property, Patent Prosecution – Washington, D.C.

Attorneys State Ranked:



Gregory P. Durbin in Intellectual Property

John R. Posthumus in Intellectual Property (Senior Statespeople)


Kathryn J. Doty in Intellectual Property

Patrick C. Woolley in Intellectual Property


Labor & Employment Department


Labor & Employment – California
Labor & Employment – Kansas City & Surrounds

Attorneys State Ranked:



Donald L. Samuels in Labor & Employment


Scott M. Gilbert in Labor & Employment

Kansas City & Surrounds

Denise K. Drake in Labor & Employment

W. Terrence Kilroy in Labor & Employment



Litigation Department


Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Arizona
Litigation: General Commercial – Colorado
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Georgia
Litigation: General Commercial – Kansas City & Surrounds


Attorneys State Ranked:


Melissa S. Ho in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government (Up & Coming)

Edward F. Novak in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Brian F. McEvoy in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government

Brian T. Rafferty in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government


Lisa Weixelman in Insurance


Stacy A. Carpenter in Litigation: General Commercial

Sean Gallagher in Litigation: General Commercial

Kansas City & Surrounds

Robert A. Henderson in Litigation: General Commercial

Russell S. Jones, Jr. in Litigation: General Commercial

Thomas G. Kokoruda in Litigation: General Commercial

Jessica M. Andrade in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government

Real Estate and Financial Services Department


Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Delaware
Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Georgia
Construction –Colorado
Environmental – St. Louis & Surrounds
Real Estate – Colorado
Real Estate - Illinois
Real Estate – Kansas City & Surrounds
Real Estate – St. Louis & Surrounds

Attorneys State Ranked:


Paul V. Franke in Banking & Finance

Paul V. Franke in Construction

Amy K. Hansen in Real Estate

William R. Meyer in Construction


Randye B. Soref in Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Shanti M. Katona in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Up & Coming)

Christopher A. Ward in Bankruptcy/Restructuring


David E. Gordon in Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Eric G. Greenfield in Real Estate

Jerry L. Switzer in Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Kansas City & Surrounds

Dan Flanigan in Real Estate (Senior Statespeople)

Lisa M. Haines in Real Estate

Roxsen E. Koch in Real Estate

Korb W. Maxwell in Real Estate

Curtis J. Peterson in Real Estate

John D. Peterson in Real Estate

Chase Simmons in Real Estate (Eminent Practitioner)

Stacy J. Stotts in Environment

St. Louis & Surrounds

Joseph A. Bealmear in Real Estate

Christopher E. Erker in Environment

John P. McNearney in Real Estate


Jane E. Pearson in Bankruptcy/Restructuring


About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, 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, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.