August 11, 2010

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes Attorney Jennifer J. Axel to the firm as associate to practice in the Business Litigation group in the Trial department. Axel brings a strong financial services background, having previously practiced as an assistant vice president, corporate counsel for a large regional bank in Scottsdale, Ariz. She will advise clients on a wide variety of litigation matters arising from lending activities. Axel also has an extensive background with litigation involving securities and in particular mortgage backed securities, in addition to more general commercial litigation matters.

“Jennifer is a welcome addition to our firm, “said Phoenix Managing Partner Marty Harper. “Her addition is indicative of our commitment to clients and the challenging economic conditions. Jennifer’s experience complements our existing team of bankruptcy attorneys and allows us to further provide services from a deep bench of attorneys with sophisticated trial and corporate capabilities.”

Prior to joining the firm, Axel practiced for nearly three years at a large Phoenix law firm where she was a commercial litigation associate. She worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation disputes, including securities litigation, real estate litigation and probate litigation. She served as an extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (S.D.N.Y. Civil Division), New York, N.Y. where she was invited to participate in a civil division litigation clinic with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

Axel earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law, New York, N.Y. in 2005, and was the staff editor for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. She earned her B.A. in History, cum laude, with minors in Spanish Literature and Public Policy from the University of California – Los Angeles.

“I enjoy sifting through complicated matters, protecting clients’ interests, and unraveling the details to determine the best strategy,” said Axel, who is a third generation Phoenician. “Polsinelli Shughart will allow me to grow my practice with the firm as it becomes an industry leader in Phoenix.”

The Phoenix office of Polsinelli Shughart has increased by more than one-third since the beginning of 2010, expanding to 50 attorneys. In addition, the firm significantly expanded its Environmental and Natural Resources, and Insurance and Bad/Faith Litigation practices, providing more depth of services to its clients.

This fall, Polsinelli Shughart will relocate to three floors of the CityScape office tower in downtown Phoenix occupying nearly 70,000 square feet.

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

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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 litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. 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 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.