July 30,2009

The Product Liability Advisory Counsel, Inc. (PLAC) has selected Polsinelli Shughart PC attorney Patricia M. Sexton as a member of its prestigious organization. PLAC is a nonprofit group with more than 100 corporate members and in-house counsel. PLAC seeks to improve and reform the law in the United States, and elsewhere, with emphasis on the law governing the liability and manufacturers of products. Currently, Sexton is the only attorney in the firm to have this designation, which requires a rigorous screen process, client participation and peer review.

“Participating actively in PLAC provides a unique opportunity to work with a broad range of in-house counsel on big picture and policy issues that impact entire industries through the country,” said Sexton. “The knowledge gained will help me better serve my clients. I am deeply honored to be chosen among this distinguished group of attorneys.”

Sexton devotes her practice to defending clients in complex civil litigation. She focuses on defending product manufacturers, designers, and distributors in product liability and consumer cases. She also handles complex litigation handling commercial and business disputes for a wide variety of clients including health care providers and insurance companies.

Sexton is listed in “Best of the Bar,” Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, AV Rated Martindale Hubbell and Ingram’s “Forty Under 40” class of 2004.  She currently serves on the Missouri Board of Governors and is president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. She is the immediate past chair of the Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. In addition, she is a recipient of both the Missouri Bar President’s Award and the KCMBA President’s Award.

She earned her J.D. from Washburn University, cum laude, in 1993 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, high honors, in 1991.

Sexton speaks and writes frequently about her area of law. She would be an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Product, general liability and consumer law
• Complex litigation matters
• Commercial health care matters

About Polsinelli Shughart
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