November 1, 2016
Polsinelli congratulates 22 of its attorneys nationwide, who have been recommended by Benchmark Litigation for 2016. 

Polsinelli also received recognition at practice group and state levels. Benchmark Litigation ranked the firm’s Kansas City office as “highly recommended.” Additionally, Polsinelli earned state rankings in Arizona, California and Georgia.

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication to focus exclusively on U.S. litigation, ranking firms and leading national attorneys in various practice areas. Now in its eighth year, results are produced after an extensive six-month research period where interviews with litigators and their clients are conducted. Researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. 

Benchmark Litigation recommends the following Polsinelli attorneys for 2016: 

Local Litigation Star – Missouri 
  • Todd H. Bartels, Shareholder – General Commercial and Intellectual Property
  • Roy Bash, Practice Chair, Industry Division Chair – Construction, General Commercial and Product Liability 
  • R. Dan Boulware, Shareholder, Practice Chair – Bankruptcy and General Commercial 
  • Denise K. Drake, Shareholder – General Commercial and Labor and Employment
  • Robert A. Henderson, Practice Chair – Energy and National Resources, General Commercial, Insurance and Product Liability 
  • Russell S. Jones, Jr., Practice Chair – Antitrust, Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property 
  • Thomas G. Kokoruda, Shareholder – General Commercial, Health Care and Product Liability   
  • William E. Quirk, Shareholder – General Commercial
  • James C. Sullivan, Shareholder – Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Labor and Employment and Securities  
  • R. Lawrence Ward, (Retired) – Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, International Arbitration and Product Liability
  • Russell W. Welsh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Intellectual Property and Product Liability

Local Litigation Star – Georgia

  • William B. Hill, Jr., Shareholder – Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Labor and Employment, Product and Professional Liability and Securities
  • Nancy E. Rafuse, Shareholder, Practice Chair – Civil and Human Rights, General Commercial, Labor and Employment, Professional Liability and Securities

Local Litigation Star – Arizona

  • Troy B. Froderman, Practice Chair – Environmental, General Commercial, Insurance and Product Liability  

Local Litigation Future Star – Missouri 

  • Dan E. Cranshaw, Shareholder – General Commercial and Products Liability
  • John M. Challis, Shareholder – General Commercial, Intellectual Property and Technology
  • G. Edgar James, Shareholder – Energy and Natural Resources and Product Liability

Local Litigation Future Star –  Arizona 

  • Melissa S. Ho, Shareholder – Antitrust, Securities, and Health Care

Top Litigator Under 40 – Missouri 

  • Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin, Shareholder – General Commercial and Insurance
  • Keith C. Volpi, Shareholder – Heath care

Top Litigator Under 40 – Arizona 

  • Melissa S. Ho, Shareholder – Antitrust, Securities, and Health Care

Top Litigator Under 40 – California

  • Michele Haydel Gehrke, Principal – Health Care and Labor and Employment

Last month, Polsinelli was designated by general counsel as one of the top six “Powerhouses” in Complex Litigation in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 report. Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group handles trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals in all commercial and business fields.