Awards & Recognition
October 7, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart went from four attorneys in 2011 to nine attorneys selected by their peers as the 2012 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America®. Recipients of this prestigious award practice in Polsinelli’s Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix and St. Louis offices. One attorney within each community and each practice area is chosen to be honored as the “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

This acknowledgement indicates these attorneys were given significantly high ratings by their peers in the regular Best Lawyers® survey. This evaluation is a reflection of not only the attorney’s abilities, but their professionalism and integrity.

The nine chosen include:

Daniel J. Flanigan
Kansas City, MO
Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year

Brian M. Goodwin
Phoenix, AZ
Litigation - Municipal Lawyer of the Year

Anne L. Kleindienst
Phoenix, AZ
Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year

W. Terrence Kilroy
Kansas City, MO
Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year

Ann C. McCullough
Denver, CO
Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year

Greg L. Musil
Kansas City, KS
Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year

Joseph T. Porter, Jr.
St. Louis, MO
Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year

William B. Prugh
Kansas City, MO
Litigation & Controversy - Tax Lawyer of the Year

R. Lawrence Ward
Kansas City, MO
Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers® is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Best Lawyers® compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. For more than 25 years, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. 

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

About Polsinelli Shughart

With more than 540 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( 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 is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.  

About Best Lawyers®

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers® have no say in deciding which specialties they are included in. They are voted into specialties entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.

Since many state bar associations have a board certification process and rules governing legal specialties, please be aware that the specialties and subspecialties listed in our publications are based on information from the general legal community and that a listed lawyer may or may not be board certified in a specialty or subspecialty. Clients are urged to check a lawyer’s firm web page to determine whether he or she is board certified in the specialty or subspecialty.