June 17, 2013

Citing the firm’s successful business model, commitment to clients and strong leadership, a number of seasoned shareholders and associates recently joined Polsinelli in several of its offices. The attorneys will practice in the firm’s St. Louis and Washington, D.C. offices assisting clients locally and nationally in environmental, toxic tort and commercial litigation, IP, government contracts, and construction related issues. In addition, the firm opened a regional Chattanooga, Tennessee office with four attorneys to serve national clients in corporate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate matters. These prominent and highly experienced attorneys serve clients in a variety of industries including chemical manufacturing, health care, oil and gas exploration, and real estate.

Polsinelli’s Chairman Russ Welsh, who has led the firm since 1998, commented “The capabilities these attorneys bring to our firm complement the services we currently offer clients and reflect our future direction. Most importantly, the attorneys fit our firm culture and are committed to providing clients with real answers to their business challenges. We are very pleased to have this great group join Polsinelli.”

Gregory M. Leitner, former outside general counsel for a large chemical business located in Tennessee, says the firm’s national reach and commitment to better serving clients attracted the group to Polsinelli. Leitner will lead a newly opened regional office in Chattanooga.

“The larger geographic footprint Polsinelli offers plus the growth of the firm were attractive to our group,” stated Leitner. “The Nashville-Chattanooga-Atlanta corridor is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States and Polsinelli’s national practices and deep talent pool are a natural fit for this business region.”

Among the St. Louis attorneys joining the firm is Shareholder Michael H. Wetmore who represents national chemical manufacturers in environmental and toxic tort litigation. Wetmore says Polsinelli’s practical approach and firm capabilities closely align with his clients' priorities.

“The breadth of what Polsinelli does is impressive,” said Wetmore. “Our clients require sophisticated business and legal services with national resources in public policy, environmental and natural resources, and litigation. All of these existing strengths are an enhancement to my practice and beneficial for my clients.”

Polsinelli will expand its government contracts capabilities nationally with the addition of four experienced attorneys who are recognized leaders in their field and deeply connected in Washington, D.C. They are highly skilled in all areas of federal procurement and government contracts, and are experienced in complex litigation matters before state and federal courts and administrative boards.

“We are excited about building the government contracting capabilities in Washington, D.C. for the firm’s clients nationwide and internationally. We are pleased to bring our knowledge and experience to Polsinelli and look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues coast to coast,” said Walter A. I. Wilson, senior partner.

New attorneys include:

Washington, D. C -

Daniel J. Donohue, a shareholder who focuses on government contract matters.
Claude P. Goddard, a senior partner who assists clients on government contracts.
Steven J. Weber, a shareholder who advises clients on government contracts and construction matters.
Walter A.I. Wilson, a senior partner who advises clients on government contract matters.

St. Louis -
William J. Curtis, a shareholder who assists clients with toxic tort and environmental litigation.
Marissa L. Curran, an associate who handles environment litigation.
Michael H. Wetmore, a shareholder who focuses on toxic tort and environmental matters.

Chattanooga -
K. Chris Collins, an associate who advises clients on general corporate matters.
Ralph M. Killebrew, Jr., a shareholder who assists clients with general corporate issues.
Gregory M. Leitner, a shareholder who focuses on large commercial transactions in manufacturing with an emphasis on chemicals and IP issues related to products.
Dustin J. Manning, an associate who advises clients in general corporate matters.* (Worked at legacy firm until 2012, then served as outside consultant before joining Polsinelli).

Polsinelli was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved to the 69thth position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The firm’s nationally recognized Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation according to the American Health Lawyers Association. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue. To read the article, click here

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*Inc. Magazine, September 2012