Awards & Recognition
March 20, 2014

Polsinelli congratulates 17 of our attorneys in Denver selected for inclusion in 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Only five percent of attorneys in Denver are selected for this honor.

Super Lawyers, who are selected by fellow attorneys from more than 70 practice areas, have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves and in-firm votes are only counted if they are matched by an out-of-firm nomination.

The Rising Star category is for attorneys under 40 who have ten or fewer years of practice. Attorneys are instructed to nominate individuals they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

The following attorneys are listed as 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars:

Super Lawyers 

  • Philip W. Bledsoe - Business Litigation
  • Stacy A. Carpenter - Civil Litigation
  • Eugene R. Commander - Construction Litigation
  • Michael P. Dulin – Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald – Health Care
  • Sean R. Gallagher  - Business Litigation 
  • Darren R. Hensley – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Bruce A. Johnson  - Health Care
  • Ann C. McCullough  - Health Care
  • Gerald A. Niederman - Health Care
  • Steven G. Wright - Real Estate

 Rising Stars 

  • Gillian McKean Bidgood - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Richard M. Murray -  Business Litigation
  • Y. Melinda Pasquini - Real Estate
  • Joseph T. VanLandingham - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Thomas H. Wagner – Business Litigation
  • Robert E. Ward, II – Business Litigation 

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

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About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers ( is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel.
Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazine, featuring articles about attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list, is distributed to all attorneys in the state or region, the lead corporate counsel of Russell 3000 companies and the ABA-approved law school libraries.
Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Law & Politics has been publishing legal magazines since 1990 and Super Lawyers since 1991.