Awards & Recognition
August 18, 2014
Polsinelli congratulates 136 of its attorneys nationwide who are among those included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015. The rankings occur during an exciting growth period as the firm was again recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America during the past six years by The American Lawyer, as well as ranking 93 in The AmLaw 100.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and Polsinelli is proud to be recognized for this prestigious ranking.

Who’s New?

Six Polsinelli attorneys were included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the first time, increasing the total amount ranked to 136 attorneys.

Those new to the list include: 
  • Matthew J. Murer for Health Care Law - Chicago 
  • Michael P. Dulin for Litigation – Intellectual Property - Denver 
  • Christopher P. Sobba for Construction Law - Kansas City
  • Travis F. Jackson for Health Care Law - Los Angeles 
  • William J. Kuehling for Land Use and Zoning Law – St. Louis 
  • Michael H. Wetmore for Commercial Litigation – St Louis

Polsinelli has 24 attorneys who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 10 years, nine attorneys who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 20 years and one attorney, Thomas G. Kokoruda, who has been ranked in Best Lawyers® for 25 years.

This list of Polsinelli attorneys chosen as Best Lawyers® for 2015 includes several shareholders and associates across multiple practice areas:

Atlanta, Georgia
  • William B. Hill, Jr. (2003) (10 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 
  • Nancy E. Rafuse (2007) (5 years)
    • Civil Rights Law
    • Employment Law - Management
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Chicago, Illinois
  • Mark A. Gershon (2012)
    • Real Estate Law 
  • Linas J. Grikas (2013)
    • Health Care Law
  • Jane K. McCahill (2008) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law
  • Matthew J. Murer*
    • Health Care Law 
  • Daniel S. Reinberg (2013)
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Dallas, Texas
  • Leane C. Capps (2012)
    • Appellate Practice 
  • John C. Cox (2014)
    • Real Estate Law 
  • Riva T. Johnson (2005) (10 years)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Henry Talavera (2006) (10 years)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Lon R. Williams, Jr. (2006) (10 years)
    • Employment Law – Management
    • Labor Law – Management

Denver, Colorado
  • Stacy A. Carpenter (2012)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance Law
  • Eugene R. Commander (2005) (10 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation – Construction
  • Michael P. Dulin*
    • Litigation – Intellectual Property 
  • Colleen M. Faddick (2010) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law 
  • T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald (2013)
    •  Health Care Law 
  • Sean R. Gallagher (2011) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment 
  • Darren R. Hensley (2013)
    • Corporate Law 
  • Bruce A. Johnson (2009) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law 
  • Ann C. McCullough (2009) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law 
  • Peter T. Moore (2013)
    • Corporate Law 
  • Gerald A. Niederman (2006) (10 years)
    • Health Care Law

Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Rodney D. Gray (2012)
    • Government Relations Practice

Kansas City, Missouri
  • Brett D. Anders (2007) (5 years)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Douglas K. Anning (2009) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law
    • Non-Profit/Charities Law 
  • Jennifer Gille Bacon (2005) (10 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust 
  • Roy Bash (2005) (10 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation - Construction
  • Jacob W. Bayer, Jr. (2007) (5 years)
    • Corporate Law 
  • Greg M. Bentz (2012)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust 
  • James E. Bird (2005) (10 years)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law 
  • John S. Black (2007) (5 years)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • Sports Law 
  • Mary Beth Blake (1993) (20 years)
    • Health Care Law 
  • Irwin E. Blond (2010) (5 years)
    • Real Estate Law 
  • P. John Brady (2007) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants 
  • Michael V. Conger (2007) (5 years)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Dennis J. Dobbels (2007) (5 years)
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants 
  • Robert E. Fitzgerald, Jr. (2010) (5 years)
    • Corporate Law
    • Real Estate Law 
  • Daniel J. Flanigan (2005) (10 years)
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation - Banking & Finance
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy 
  • Karen R. Glickstein (2008) (5 years)
    • Employment Law - Management
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment 
  • Virginia C. Gross (2008) (5 years)
    • Non-Profit/Charities Law 
  • Lisa M. Haines (2010) (5 years)
    • Real Estate Law 
  • Matthew R. Hale (2010) (5 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation - Construction 
  • Robert A. Henderson (2003) (10 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Bruce R. Hopkins (2007) (5 years)
    • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Jay M. Howard (2011) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law
  • G. Edgar James (2011) (5 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation - Construction
  • Russell S. Jones, Jr. (2005) (10 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property
    • Litigation - Patent
  • W. Terrence Kilroy (2007) (5 years)
    • Employment Law – Management
    • Labor Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • John M. Kilroy, Jr. (2005) (10 years)
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Kraig M. Kohring (2007) (5 years)
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Thomas G. Kokoruda (1991) (25 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Health Care Law
    • Litigation - Antitrust
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • William W. Mahood III (2007) (5 years)
    • Corporate Law
  • Maribeth S. McMahon (2008) (5 years)
    • Real Estate Law
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Dennis D. Palmer (1995) (20 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Franchise Law
  • James A. Polsinelli (1999) (15 years)
    • Corporate Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • William E. Quirk (2007) (5 years)
    • Appellate Practice
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Anthony J. Romano (2013)
    • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Jeffrey B. Rosen (2007) (5 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation Construction
  • William J. Sanders (2011) (5 years)
    • Litigation & Controversy - Tax
    • Tax Law
  • Thomas J. Schenkelberg (2010) (5 years)
    • Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Patricia A. Sexton (2011) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Lonnie J. Shalton (2006) (10 years)
    • Real Estate Law
  • Paul D. Sinclair (2008) (5 years)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Christopher P. Sobba*
    • Construction Law
  • James C. Sullivan (2010) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Kevin R. Sweeney (2007) 5 years)
    • Biotechnology Law
    • Corporate Law
  • R. Lawrence Ward (1993) (20 years)
    • Antitrust Law
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Antitrust
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Lisa A. Weixelman (2007) (5 years)
    • Insurance Law
  • W. Russell Welsh (2007) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Patrick C. Woolley (2011) (5 years)
    • Biotechnology Law

Los Angeles, California
  • Travis F. Jackson*
    • Health Care Law
  • Lisa Greer Quateman (2006) (10 years)
    • Public Finance Law
  • Randye B. Soref (2013)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Overland Park, Kansas
  • Frank A. Caro, Jr. (2007) (5 years)
    • Energy Law
  • Greg L. Musil (2005) (10 years)
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Litigation & Controversy - Tax
    • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Curtis J. Petersen (2013)
    • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • John D. Petersen (2006) (10 years)
    • Municipal Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Timothy J. Sear (2009) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation - Securities
  • Lawrence A. Swain (2006) (10 years)
    • Copyright Law
    • Patent Law
    • Trademark Law

Phoenix, Arizona
  • Yu Cai (2013)
    • Biotechnology Law
  • Karen R. Dickinson (2010) (5 years)
    • Information Technology Law
  • John J. Hebert (2014)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Thomas K. Irvine (2008) (5 years)
    • Litigation - Construction
    • Litigation - Municipal
    • Municipal Law
  • Anne L. Kleindienst (1995) (20 years)
    • Corporate Law
    • Franchise Law
  • Edward F. Novak (1995) (20 years)
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Kristen Rosati (2007) (5years)
    • Health Care Law
  • Andrew B. Turk (2013)
    • Commercial Litigation

Springfield, Missouri
  • Jay M. Dade (2013)
    • Employment Law – Management
    • Labor Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Phillip R. Garrison (2010) (5 years)
    • Appellate Practice
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
  • John C. Holstein (2005) (10 years)
    • Appellate Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Banking & Finance
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment
    • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Thomas J. O'Neal (2005) (10 years)
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Financial Services Regulation Law
    • Litigation - Banking & Finance
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Michael D. Textor (2010) (5 years)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Real Estate Law

St. Joseph, Missouri
  • R. Dan Boulware (2005) (10 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Mark R. Woodbury (2012)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    • Health Care Law

St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jane E. Arnold (2012)
    • Health Care Law
  • Scot W. Boulton (2011) (5 years)
    • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Thomas J. Campbell (2013)
    • Gaming Law
  • John M. Challis (2008) (5 years)
    • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • T. Jack Challis (2012)
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Ruben K. Chuquimia (2012)
    • Corporate Law
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Graham L. Day (2013)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation – Patent
  • Doreen D. Dodson (2011) (5 years)
    • Immigration Law
  • Kathryn J. Doty (2013)
    • Patent Law
  • Jeffrey E. Fine (2010) (5 years)
    • Copyright Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Technology Law
    • Trademark Law
  • James A. Fredericks (2013)
    • Real Estate Law
  • Randy S. Gerber (2008) (5 years)
    • Health Care Law
  • Mark H. Goran (2003) (10 years)
    • Health Care Law
  • Keith J. Grady (2012)
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property
    • Litigation - Patent
  • Kenneth E. Hand (1995) (20 years)
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Janice E. Hetland (2012)
    • Real Estate Law
  • Andrew T. Hoyne (2003) (10 years)
    • Biotechnology Law
    • Technology Law
    • Venture Capital Law
  • Bradley G. Kafka (2014)
    • Employment Law - Management
  • Joan B. Killgore (2012)
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
  • Paul G. Klug (2010) (5 years)
    • Corporate Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • William J. Kuehling*
    • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Jamie Zveitel Kwiatek (2007)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Lisa D. McLaughlin (1995) (20 years)
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Tara A. Nealey (2014)
    • Patent Law
  • Sanford S. Neuman (1995) (20 years)
    • Tax Law
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Joseph T. Porter, Jr. (2006) (10 years)
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Corporate Law
  • Scot J. Seabaugh (2013)
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Robert J. Selsor (2008) (5 years)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation Trusts & Estates
  • Helmut Starr (2008) (5 years)
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation - Municipal
    • Municipal Law
    • Real Estate Law
  • Kenneth H. Suelthaus (1995) (20 years)
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Financial Services Regulation Law
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Eric M. Trelz (2013)
    • Employment Law - Management
  • Mark W. Weisman (2014)
    • Employment Law - Management
    • Labor Law – Management
  • Michael H. Wetmore*
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Stuart H. Zimbalist (2001) (15 years)
    • Real Estate Law

Topeka, Kansas
  • William W. Sneed (2007) (5 years)
    • Government Relations Practice

Washington, D.C.
  • Teresa A. Brooks (2013)
    • Health Care Law
  • James H. Davidson (2009) (5 years)
    • Government Relations Practice
  • Martin Frost (2009) (5 years)
    • Government Relations Practice
  • Dawn M. Lurie (2012)
    • Immigration Law
  • Steven J. Weber (2009) (5 years)
    • Construction Law

*First time inclusion in Best Lawyers®