May 7, 2014

National law firm Polsinelli welcomes Rita D’Agostino to the firm’s Real Estate Development/Transactions Practice as counsel in the Overland Park, KS., office. D’Agostino has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and will focus her practice on transactions, leasing and development, as well as related finance, risk management, property management, construction and design issues.

“Rita is a terrific addition to our national real estate practice and expands our capabilities because of her experience and track record as general counsel to the national commercial real estate firm RED Development,” said Real Estate Division Chair John D. Petersen.

D’Agostino is a creative problem solver grounded in practical business solutions. As former in-house counsel, she not only understands the legal difficulties of complex real estate transactions, but appreciates the broader context in which her clients must operate and succeed. Prior to joining RED Development, D’Agostino served three years as a real estate attorney with Polsinelli and seven years in Denver area law firms, representing small and large landlords, tenants, franchisees, developers and lenders in all industry classes, including retail, office, industrial and multi-family.

“I consider myself a strategic-minded problem solver of complex real estate problems. One of the reasons I practice real estate law is that I enjoy maneuvering through the development maze toward a well-defined, practical goal,” she said. “I love having returned to Polsinelli and being able to work alongside of some of the most respected real estate development and transaction attorneys in the country.”

D’Agostino’s return to Polsinelli occurs during an exciting period of overall growth for the firm, which has seen its national footprint expand to 11 states and 18 cities. Polsinelli was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America during 2008 to 2012 by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved up to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue. The firm is ranked in the Am Law 100.

D’Agostino earned her law degree in 1984 from Creighton University School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1982 from Creighton University. She is a member of the Kansas, Missouri and Colorado (inactive) Bars.

D’Agostino should be considered an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Trends & issues in real estate development
• Property management issues
• Land transactions

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

About Polsinelli

real challenges. real answers.SM Polsinelli is a first generation Am Law 100 firm, serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally. Our attorneys successfully build enduring client relationships by providing practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and with a passion for understanding how to assist General Counsel and CEOs achieve their objectives. Polsinelli is ranked 18th in number of U.S. partners* and has more than 700 attorneys in 18 offices. Polsinelli was profiled in the June 2013 issue of The American Lawyer as the fastest-growing law firm in America over a five-year period. The firm focuses on healthcare, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation, and has depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP.
*Law360, March 2014