November 21, 2011

National law firm Polsinelli Shughart welcomes litigator Allison K. Sonneveld as attorney in the firm’s Trial department where she will concentrate her practice in the areas of toxic and mass tort. Sonneveld provides defensive counsel for companies and business owners involved in complex litigation stemming from claims of personal injury or wrongful death due to toxic exposure.

“Polsinelli Shughart has become a major coast-to-coast firm through recruitment of legal counsel such as Allison, who can provide imaginative solutions to our clients’ legal challenges,” said St. Louis Managing Director Randy S. Gerber. “Allison’s courtroom experience and savvy counsel complement our existing team. We are pleased she is joining us as we expand our firm’s presence in the St. Louis area.”

In her trial practice, Sonneveld has represented various manufacturers, suppliers and premise owners in product liability and mass tort actions, managing all aspects of litigation including conducting discovery, preparing and arguing motions and drafting appellate briefs. She also has handled claims involving alleged exposure to asbestos, benzene, discetyl and welding rods.

“Polsinelli Shughart offers me an outstanding opportunity to further develop my own practice while working with some of the most experienced trial attorneys in the business, many of whom I have previously been fortunate to have worked with in co-defense counsel situations,” Sonneveld said. “As a trial lawyer, I was particularly impressed with Polsinelli Shughart's rich tradition of trial and appellate advocacy. The firm is a natural fit for me and my growing practice.”

The addition of Sonneveld occurs during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. In 2011, the firm opened Dallas and Los Angeles offices, and added more than 39 attorneys nationwide to help meet clients’ needs. The National Law Journal ranked Polsinelli Shughart, “the third fastest growing law firm in the country.”

Sonneveld earned her law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2001 and a master of laws degree from Washington University in 2004. She received a B.A. degree in English and Mass Communications from St. Mary’s College in 1999. Sonneveld is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar, the Madison County Bar and the Defense Research Institute.

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With 570 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.