December 8, 2010

National law firm Polsinelli Shughart PC named St. Louis shareholder Joseph T. Porter, Jr. as vice chair of the General Corporate Practice Group. Porter brings proven leadership to the growing practice including more than 30 years experience practicing corporate law. Porter also leads the Financial Institutions Group and focuses much of his practice advising financial institutions on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

“I look forward to the opportunity to energize our very talented team of business attorneys in St. Louis as well as to expand the practice,” said Porter. “My goal is to increase our capabilities in St. Louis thereby complementing the entire General Corporate Practice nationwide.”

As counsel to a variety of corporations, Porter has more than three decades experience in providing legal services required by businesses, including mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings, financing arrangements, strategic planning and resolving disputes among owners or board members.
“Joe brings experience, recognition and instant credibility in St. Louis and our lawyers will benefit from his management and leadership,” said Business Department Chair Frank J. Ross, Jr.

Porter is recognized in his area of law:
• Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A, 2010
• Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2006-present, Banking Law ,2006-present, Corporate Law
• Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2010
• AV Rated Martindale Hubbell

Porter speaks and writes frequently on legal issues. He is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:
• The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
• Regulatory issues for state and federal banks, and savings and loan associations
• Mergers and acquisitions activities in all industries
• Transactions and regulatory issues facing financial institutions

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618, 816-223-8780.

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value beyond legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.