February 21, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart’s Chicago office continues to grow with the addition of Mark A. Brand as a shareholder practicing in the Product Liability and Business Litigation groups. Highly respected in his field, Brand will continue to advise clients in all stages of litigation. He has represented some of the world’s leading industrial companies, consumer goods manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and financial institutions, in class actions, multidistrict litigation, injunction actions and matters before federal agencies.

“Polsinelli Shughart has a great national reputation for litigation and trial work and that was important to me,” said Brand. “We plan to continue to build a major litigation presence here in Chicago, collaborating with our colleagues nationwide.”

Polsinelli Shughart’s national litigation practice has a long history representing large and small companies in a variety of industries. Nearly 200 attorneys provide clients assistance in litigation matters. The firm’s Product Liability group has been at the forefront of tort law for more than half a century. The Business Litigation group at Polsinelli Shughart has helped major corporations, small and midsize companies and individuals in a full range of commercial and business disputes. The Toxic and Mass Tort group at the firm has successfully defended tens of thousands of toxic and mass tort cases.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark to the firm. His depth of experience in all types of business litigation will complement our litigation capabilities here and throughout the firm,” said Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “Mark also brings a depth of knowledge in several industries. He has also counseled extensively in litigation prevention and risk management in product safety, process protection and electronic discovery.”

Brand has served as national trial and coordinating counsel for several companies. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts around the country and in AAA, CPR and other commercial arbitrations. Those matters have involved products as diverse as chemicals, power and electrical equipment, computer software and food, and business issues including real estate leases and construction, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, defamation, fraud, fiduciary duties, insurance coverage, antitrust, shareholder disputes and other matters.

Brand is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, the Chicago Bar Association, the Litigation Section and Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and the American Bar Foundation.

Brand earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and his B.A., cum laude, from Concordia College in Minnesota. He has been selected for inclusion as an Illinois Super Lawyer-Business Litigation since inception in 2005.

Brand is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

·        Product liability litigation

·        Toxic tort litigation

·        Electronic discovery

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael at 816-395-0618 or

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