May 8, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC has signed a 12-year lease agreement with St. Louis Financial Associates, to keep the sixth largest law firm in St. Louis, in the Deloitte Building downtown. The firm will consolidate its current Clayton office and its current Downtown St. Louis office in the Deloitte Building, doubling the size of the firm by number of employees and square footage in Downtown St. Louis.

“The lawyers and staff are very pleased that we will be working under one roof,” said Randy Gerber, managing partner of the St. Louis office. “This will allow us to better serve our clients as well. In addition, for the ease of some clients, the firm also plans to maintain a small office in the County.”

CEO Russell Welsh says he looks forward to expanding the firm in St. Louis and the newly signed lease reinforces his commitment to downtown. The firm had considered Ballpark Village as one of its options to consolidate the Clayton and downtown offices. But delays caused the firm to consider other alternatives. The firm has made consolidating its downtown and Clayton offices a priority to better serve clients.

“We are very pleased to be part of a vibrant downtown St. Louis,” said Welsh. “The Deloitte Building is one of the finest buildings in downtown St. Louis and we are very excited about putting both our St. Louis offices in one location. The views of the river and the arch from our offices are unobstructed and truly spectacular.”

To accommodate its growth plans for St. Louis, Polsinelli Shughart will double its size in the Deloitte Building, increasing from its current 42,892 square feet to more than 80,000 square feet. Gensler, a global, architecture, design and consulting firm that specializes in designing law firm offices, is working on plans to accommodate the increased number of employees. Construction will likely begin in 90 days with the intent to have the Clayton office located downtown in the late fall. Real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle represented Polsinelli Shughart.

The St. Louis office of Polsinelli Shughart includes more than 80 attorneys who practice in:

• Banking
• Corporate Transactions
• Financial Services
• Health Care
• Intellectual Property
• International Law
• Labor & Employment
• Litigation
• Real Estate
• Tax Credit Finance
• Tax
• Wealth Planning

About Polsinelli Shughart

With approximately 480 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 and health care. 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 13 offices located in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois; Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and St. Joseph, Missouri; New York City; and Washington, D.C