July 17, 2017
Polsinelli Shareholder and Acclaimed Food Writer Returns to St. Louis

Polsinelli Shareholder Lauren P. DeSantis-Then, author of Capital Cooking Cookbook and founder of the television show and blog of the same name, has moved back to her hometown of St. Louis.

As a lawyer in the firm’s national Government Investigations and Compliance – Civil and Criminal practice, DeSantis-Then moved from the firm’s Washington D.C. office to continue her work on government investigations, government contracts, construction and public-private partnerships, particularly in the health care industry. Her experience includes defending health care providers against whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act, representing a specialty pharmacy company in a qui tam investigation, and successfully assisting a physicians’ trade association group with notice and comment regarding home health care services.

Last year, DeSantis-Then was named to Washington Life’s, “The Young & The Guest List: Rising Stars 40 and Under.” She has been profiled as a “D.C. Trendsetter” by D.C. Inno, selected as one of the “Top 10 Most Interesting People in D.C.” by D.C. Spotlight Newspaper, and listed as one of the “35 Hottest Celebrity Chefs and Cooking Show Hosts” on

In her free time, DeSantis-Then will continue her culinary passion in St. Louis. She foresees no shortage of material to feature in her blog. “My friends are so excited to visit me here in St. Louis and explore our rich culinary landscape,” DeSantis-Then said.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and graduated from Duke University School of Law where she served as articles editor of Duke Journal of Gender and Law Policy. DeSantis-Then is a member of the Bar Associations of both Missouri and the District of Columbia.