March 1, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 1, 2016) Polsinelli welcomes 44 highly experienced attorneys from the intellectual property boutique Novak Druce. These attorneys will combine their experience and talents with Polsinelli’s existing 57 Intellectual Property and 20 Intellectual Property Litigation attorneys, meeting the growing demand for Intellectual Property and Litigation work. The strategic combination of attorneys from the two firms’ practices positions Polsinelli’s IP practice among the country’s largest, at a total of more than 120 attorneys. 
Polsinelli is also expanding its geographic footprint with the addition of two new offices in Houston and Boston. In total, 75 new employees will join Polsinelli.
“In addition to our focus on health care, financial services, real estate and middle market corporate service lines, this aligns with our strategic plan to be a leading national law firm focused on IP and IP Litigation,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. 
Those joining Polsinelli include Novak Druce named partners Greg Novak and Tracy Druce, and will handle a variety of complex IP matters across an array of industries, including engineering, life sciences, software and medical devices, as well as further support the firm’s already strong generic pharmaceutical, start-up and high tech client base. This move results in an IP and IP Litigation group that spans the full range of legal services that clients require, in addition to further expanding the team’s geographic footprint.  
“The addition of this group expands our robust team of IP and IP litigation attorneys nationwide,” said Intellectual Property Practice Chair Patrick C. Woolley. “This high-performing group brings significant additional resources and experience, particularly in the areas of engineering and post grant practice.” 
Polsinelli and Novak Druce serve similar national clients, providing sophisticated counsel on complex IP matters. This deal provides a broad platform for both firms to meet the demand of their respective client bases. 

“This strategic combination creates a robust, combined national team, by leveraging the strength of our two IP practices and highly complementary service areas,” explained former Novak Druce Partner and now Polsinelli Shareholder Greg Novak. “We also see the Polsinelli culture as a great fit for our attorneys, and are very pleased to join a dynamic firm with a strong reputation for client service.” 

Novak and Druce, together with Polsinelli Science and Technology Practice Chair Patrick Woolley, will team up to lead one of the nation’s largest and deep intellectual property groups.
Polsinelli’s new office located in downtown Houston will increase the firm’s presence in Texas beyond the existing Dallas location. Fourteen of the new attorneys will office in Houston.  Polsinelli will grow its capabilities with a new Boston office to serve the region’s thriving biotech, medical device and health care needs. The addition of these new offices expands the firm’s national footprint to 19 cities. 
With over 120 attorneys, as well as 12 patent agents and scientists, Polsinelli has now grown its IP/IP Litigation practice to become one of the largest in the country. The firm was recently named one of four IP Litigation Powerhouses in the 2016 BTI Litigation Outlook report, based on interviews with more than 300 general counsel at companies with over $1B revenue.  
The complete list of attorneys joining Polsinelli includes 27 shareholders and of counsel: Burton Amernick, R. James Balls, Jason Bryan, Q. Todd Dickinson, Tracy Druce, James Guiliano, Therese Hendricks, Chris Holm, Thomas Isaacson, Aaron Levine, On Lu, Benjamin Matthew, Brian McKnight, James Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Greg Novak, Henri Petri, Lawrence Oliverio, Eduardo J. Quinones, Thomas Saunders, Margaux Savee, Keri Sicard, Suni Sukduang, Matt Todd. Scott Watkins, Joseph R. Weatherbee and Andrew Weaver. Additionally, the 17 associates who have joined Polsinelli include: Duy Nguyen, Wes Klimczak, Shebli Mikailli, Zhou Lu, Matthew Frontz, Cole Duncan, Kevin J. Davis, Phillip Rice, Aleece Hayes, Jeffrey Kuo, Bo Huang, Adam P. Daniels, Scott Richards, Amanda Katzenstein, Daniel Mullarkey, Juan Rossi-Gonzalez and Ryan Ward.
For more information, contact Kelsey Rockey,

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 775 attorneys in 19 offices, serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally. Ranked in the top five percent of law firms for client service*, the firm has risen more than 100 spots in Am Law's annual firm ranking over the past six years. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care and life sciences, financial services, real estate, technology and biotech, mid-market corporate, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP. 

*2016 BTI Client Service A-Team Report