November 27, 2009


Polsinelli Shughart PC is pleased to announce the addition, as of January 1, 2010, of Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Peter S. Levi as a shareholder and leader of the firm’s Kansas City region public policy practice group. Levi brings a wealth of business and community acumen to his new position, as well public policy and government relations experience.


Levi, who holds a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, has served as president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Chamber for the past 19 years. He recently announced his retirement from the Chamber position effective the end of 2009. Prior to joining the Chamber, Levi served with distinction as executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council.


“We are delighted to welcome Pete to our bipartisan roster of skilled public policy attorneys,” said W. Russell Welsh, Polsinelli Shughart’s chairman and chief executive officer. “His expertise in a broad range of federal, state and local policy issues will be invaluable to our clients. Pete will lead the firm’s Kansas City region public policy practice with a focus on assisting businesses, non-profits and government entities locally, at the state level and in Washington D.C.”


“I have known Pete since law school.” said Jim Polsinelli, one of the founders of Polsinelli Shughart, “Pete has been an unwavering advocate for the Kansas City region and its economic development. Pete brings to our firm a wealth of experience in dealing with our region’s congressional and senate members on issues ranging from environment to animal health and from health care to a wide variety o issues all to the benefit of our regional economy.”


Polsinelli Shughart’s public policy practice group provides expertise in health care, life sciences, federal and state taxation, appropriations, advertising regulation, Food and Drug Administration regulation, First Amendment and commercial speech issues, telecommunications, the Internet, privacy, intellectual property, biometric technology and budget issues.


“I am energized by the prospect of joining the Polsinelli Shughart public policy team and the opportunity to continue leadership in the Greater Kansas City community,” said Levi. 'I also am proud to be associated with a firm holding sucha strong local history, with a commitment to the communities they serve and engaged in a growing national presence,"said Levi.


While serving as President and CEO of the Greater KC Chamber, Levi championed bistate and metropolitan cooperation and governed a staff of 40, with a budget exceeding $6 million annually. The Greater KC chamber represents more than 8,000 businesses in the greater metropolitan area.


Over the years, Levi has been at the forefront of many significant and historic community initiatives.  He served as a board member for the Kansas City Symphony, the Hawthorn Foundation, UMKC, Midwest Research Institute, University of Kansas Edwards Campus, the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, the Jewish community foundation and the Workforce Investment Board. He also has been a member of the Advancement Board of the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Hospital, and served as an ex-officio member of the Greater Kansas City Civic Council, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Area Development Council and Downtown Council.


Levi is a past recipient of a vast number of prestigious awards, including, the 2009 Great Leaders Award from Swope Health Services, the 2009 Founders Day Honoree from Park University, the Difference Maker Award from the Urban League and the Walter Scheiber Regional Leadership Award from the National Association of Regional Councils. The American Society of Public Administration also honored Levi as Public Administrator of the Year.


In addition to law degree from UMKC, Levi earned a Master of Law in Urban Legal Affairs from the university. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.


For information contact Laurie Roberts, Parris Communications, 816-931-8900.

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With approximately 470 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences and health care. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 13 offices located in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois; Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and St. Joseph, Missouri; New York City; and Washington, D.C.


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