September 28, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC associate Nicole A. Westbrook was named a 2009 Up and Coming Lawyer by Law Week Colorado.

The Up and Coming Lawyer award is presented to attorneys who stand out within their organization and display legal integrity, professionalism and drive. Recipients have six years or fewer years of experience practicing law.

“Nicole demonstrates a rare passion that leaves little question that she cares about the cases she handles and our clients,” said G. Steve Long, managing partner of the Polsinelli Shughart Denver office. “She is smart, talented, ambitious and dedicated to delivering outstanding results. Those are the makings of an up-and-coming lawyer, and we’re so pleased that Nicole is part of our team.”

In 2006, Westbrook joined the Denver office of Polsinelli Shughart, where she serves as an associate in its business litigation practice group. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants, focusing on complex civil litigation on behalf of corporations and individuals before state and federal courts. In the past year, Westbrook has significantly increased her responsibilities in large cases in such areas as contract litigation, violation of trade secrets and stock market manipulation.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work I enjoy doing on behalf of our clients and firm,” Westbrook said. “The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to continually learn, grow and contribute in ways that make a meaningful difference to our team and clients.”

Prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart, Westbrook worked as a federal clerk for a federal judge at one of the busiest trial courts in the country -- the Western District of Texas in the Del Rio Division. During her clerkship, she assisted the federal court in drafting legal precedent and policy decisions.

Westbrook earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University, and she received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Wyoming. In 2009, Westbrook was named a Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Westbrook is actively involved with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Botanic Garden and West Washington Park Neighborhood Association. Given her leadership skills, she was selected and sponsored by the firm to serve as a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Denver Class of 2008.

About Polsinelli Shughart

With approximately 480 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