Awards & Recognition
May 19, 2015
Chambers USA, a leading legal industry rankings organization, released its 2015 rankings for lawyers and practices. Polsinelli earned high placements by state, practice and attorney. Chambers rankings are based on information obtained from client interviews, submissions put forward by law firms and Chambers’ own database resources. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 as best.

“Thank you to our clients who provided Chambers with valuable insight into our strategic partnerships,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. "It’s a strong reflection of our dedication to understanding the challenges our clients face as general counsel and business leaders. We are proud to have earned this acknowledgement of the caliber of so many of our lawyers across the country.”

New in 2015

For the first time, Chambers ranked the firm’s Health Care practice at a national level. Other new Chambers practice area rankings for the firm included:
  • Arizona - White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

  • Missouri (St. Louis & Surrounds) - Labor & Employment

  • Five other practice areas improved rankings this year.

  • Three attorneys made the list for the first time this year while 10 attorneys received improved rankings.

Recently, Polsinelli moved up seven spots to the Am Law ranking #86, a rise of more than 100 spots in Am Law’s annual firm rankings during the past six years. The American Lawyer magazine ranked Polsinelli as one of the fastest growing law firm in the country over a recent six-year period, and the firm was ranked in the top five percent of law firms for client service and top five percent of firms for innovating new and valuable services. 

Early this year, Polsinelli added offices in Raleigh, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. to meet the firm’s increasing health care industry demands. The firm is now in 19 cities nationwide with more than 740 attorneys. 

Polsinelli Practice Area Chambers Band Rankings

Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Delaware (3)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Illinois (Recognized Practice)

Corporate/M&A – Arizona (3)
Corporate/M&A – Kansas City & Surrounds (1)
Corporate/M&A – St. Louis & Surrounds (3)

Healthcare – Illinois (3)
Healthcare – Nationwide (4)

Intellectual Property – Colorado (Recognized Practice)
Intellectual Property – Missouri (1)

Labor & Employment – Georgia (2)
Labor & Employment – Kansas City & Surrounds (1)
Labor & Employment – St. Louis & Surrounds (3)

Litigation: General Commercial – Colorado (Recognized Practice)
Litigation: General Commercial – Georgia (Recognized Practice)
Litigation: General Commercial – Kansas City & Surrounds (1)

Real Estate: Construction – Colorado (2)
Real Estate – Kansas (1)
Real Estate – Kansas City & Surrounds (1)

White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Arizona

Polsinelli Individual Chambers Rankings


Stuart M. Pape in Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (1)


Phillip P. Guttilla in Corporate/M&A (3)

Anne L. Kleindienst in Healthcare (2)

Melissa S. Ho in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Up and Coming)
Edward F. Novak in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (1)


Randye B. Soref in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (4)


Darren R. Hensley in Corporate/M&A (2)

Roy Bash in Real Estate: Construction (2)
Eugene R. Commander in Real Estate: Construction (2)


Christopher A. Ward in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (3)

District of Columbia

Dawn M. Lurie in Immigration (2)


William B. Hill, Jr. in Labor & Employment (3)
Nancy E. Rafuse in Labor & Employment (1)

William B. Hill, Jr. in Litigation: General Commercial (2)
Matthew S. Knoop in Litigation: General Commercial (Associate to Watch)


Jerry L. Switzer, Jr. in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (4)

Michael D. Rosenthal in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (3)

Kansas City & Surrounds

Edward E. “Trip” Frizell in Corporate/M&A (3)
William W. Mahood III in Corporate/M&A (2)
James A. Polsinelli in Corporate/M&A (Senior Statesman)
Frank J. Ross, Jr. in Corporate/M&A (2)
Kevin R. Sweeney in Corporate/M&A (2)

Carol C. Barnett in Labor & Employment (3)
Karen R. Glickstein in Labor & Employment (3)
W. Terrence Kilroy in Labor & Employment (1)
Eric E. Packel in Labor & Employment (Recognized Practitioner)
William S. Robbins, Jr. in Labor & Employment (3)

Dan R. Boulware in Litigation: General Commercial (3)
Robert A. Henderson in Litigation: General Commercial (2)
Russell S. Jones Jr. in Litigation: General Commercial (2)
Thomas G. Kokoruda in Litigation: General Commercial (3)
R. Lawrence Ward in Litigation: General Commercial (Star Individual)
W. Russell Welsh in Litigation: General Commercial (Eminent Practitioner)

Irwin E. Blond in Real Estate (2)
Daniel J. Flanigan in Real Estate (1)
Lisa M. Haines in Real Estate (3)
Korb W. Maxwell in Real Estate (Up and Coming)
Maribeth S. McMahon in Real Estate (3)
Lonnie J. Shalton in Real Estate (Senior Statesman)
F. Chase Simmons in Real Estate (2)


Keith J. Grady in Intellectual Property (1)
Patrick C. Woolley in Intellectual Property (1)

North Carolina

Barry D. Alexander in Healthcare (2)

St. Louis & Surrounds

Ruben K Chuquimia in Corporate/M&A (3)
Andrew T. Hoyne in Corporate/M&A (3)
Paul G. Klug in Corporate M&A (Recognized Practitioner)
Joseph T. Porter, Jr. in Corporate/M&A (3)
Kenneth H. Suelthaus in Corporate/M&A (3)

Christopher E. Erker in Environment (3)

Bradley G. Kafka in Labor & Employment (Recognized Practitioner)

John McNearney in Real Estate (2) 


Lon R. Williams, Jr. in Labor & Employment (4) (Recognized Practitioner)