August 1, 2012
By Christine Simmons

Polsinelli Shughart has hired five lawyers, adding an intellectual property practice in the New York office. The new additions include three intellectual property litigators: Tedd Van Buskirk, formerly a partner at K&L Gates; Pamela Avallone, who was an attorney at Edwards Wildman Palmer and who worked in-house at GnuBIO; and Dillon Kim, a former associate at Hogan Lovells. All three join as shareholders. Their clients include pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and other life sciences companies.

The firm also added Bernadette Herward Davida as a shareholder and Brooks Clark as of counsel. Davida focuses on commercial real estate law, while Clark concentrates on real estate and structured finance and property acquisition and development. Clark was a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn. Davida was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Polsinelli Shughart, a 580-lawyer firm based in Kansas City, opened its New York office in 2003, focusing on primarily real estate finance. The New York office relocated earlier this year to larger space at 805 Third Ave. (NYLJ, March 14). The firm lists nine attorneys in its New York office, including some splitting their time in other locations.