November 17, 2014

John McGurk, the Chief of Staff for Kansas City Mayor Sly James, will join Polsinelli effective December 1, 2014. McGurk, who served the City for three-and-a-half years as Chief of Staff, returns to Polsinelli as Shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate Development Practice. McGurk previously practiced at Polsinelli for nearly four years. 

“We welcome John back to Polsinelli where he started his career,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “He brings real world experience, having served on the inside of Kansas City government. John’s keen insight, combined with business acumen, will be of great value to our clients.  His colleagues enthusiastically wait for his return, as he fits our collaborative culture well.” 

McGurk will be part of the firm’s Real Estate Development Practice, led by F. Chase Simmons. This group is comprised of attorneys throughout the country who assist clients with public and private development finance and government relations.   In the Kansas City area, the firm has assisted such market leaders as Cerner Corporation, Google Fiber, Lockton, Inc. and Sporting KC.  

“Polsinelli has been a home for me since the beginning of my legal career,” noted McGurk. “Not only have I forged great professional relationships, I can truly call many people here lifelong friends. As I began looking to start the next chapter in my career, it was obvious where to look. As the fastest growing firm in the country, the entrepreneurial spirit of Polsinelli made it a great fit for what I want from my career and life.  I’m happy that they have welcomed me back, and look forward to collaborating with my Polsinelli colleagues again toward continuing to make a difference in Kansas City.” 

McGurk continued, “My work with Mayor James has been some of the most fulfilling work -- both personally and professionally -- of my career. To be entrusted from day one to help guide his Administration was the greatest honor Mayor James could have bestowed on me. I am forever grateful.” 

McGurk is a Kansas City native. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He also has served as Special Assistant at the United States General Services Administration as one of two Presidential appointees in the Heartland Region of the GSA.

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

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*Law360, March 2014