June 13, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes life sciences attorney Patrick W. Flavin as associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Flavin brings real world experience having served as chief legal executive to several biopharmaceutical companies and has focused on advising entrepreneurs in the life sciences and technology sectors over the past decade.

"I am very excited to join Polsinelli’s team in Chicago,” said Flavin. “Chicago is uniquely positioned to become a leader in building new companies in the life sciences and technology space, and I look forward to applying my start-up and company building experiences to working with the entrepreneurs that will lead this growth.”

Flavin served as chief legal counsel for two publicly traded biotechnology companies which he helped found, and he co-founded a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage life science companies in the Midwest. Before working in the industry, he served as a Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

“Patrick brings a variety of experience in an area Polsinelli has been expanding for several years now,” said Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “We continue to see potential for building our Life Sciences practice and Patrick is an excellent addition to our growth strategy.”

Flavin earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2000, and received his B.A. from Providence College in 1997. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois.

The Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart started in 2006 and has now grown to 67 attorneys. Polsinelli Shughart has been ranked as the third fastest growing law firm in the country and the firm’s health care practice is ranked as the sixth largest. The firm’s corporate capabilities stretch from coast to coast and serve clients in a variety of industries including health care, financial services, life sciences, health care and real estate.

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