September 3, 2020

Shareholders Melissa Ho and Robert Spake, Jr. have appeared on the esteemed list for several consecutive years

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli congratulates two of its shareholders who have been included in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List for 2020.

Phoenix Shareholder and Government Investigations Practice Vice Chair Melissa S. Ho, along with Kansas City Shareholder Robert V. Spake, Jr. were named to the esteemed national list of litigation attorneys. Both attorneys have made the Under 40 Hot List for several consecutive years.

The Under 40 Hot List is billed as an “exclusive ranking of the most talented U.S. litigators” 40 years of age or younger. Benchmark uses a process of peer review and case examination compiled over many months to recognize this new generation of up-and-coming attorneys.

“We are proud of Melissa and Bob, who are both talented litigators and deserving of this recognition as they work tirelessly on behalf of their clients at the highest level,” said Polsinelli Litigation Department Chair Farah S. Nicol. “These attorneys have developed strong partnerships with their clients, navigating some of the most complex problems through strategic and effective legal counsel. We are happy to see them nationally recognized.”

Polsinelli’s recognized shareholders represent a breadth of litigation capabilities across national industries and various regions:

  • Melissa S. Ho is a shareholder and Vice Chair of the firm’s national Government Investigations Practice. Her practice focuses on the defense of False Claims Act matters, government investigations, business litigation and criminal defense at the state and federal levels. As a former prosecutor, she is well versed in internal investigations and high-profile matters. Ho works as a liaison between business and litigation professionals in the United States and Asia to formulate plans in response to contract disputes and government inquiries. This is Ho’s fifth-consecutive year on the Under 40 Hot List.
  • Robert V. Spake, Jr. is a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice. He partners with clients to resolve business disputes, using skills in arbitration, trial, and litigation case management. His areas of practice include class action lawsuits, high-stakes complex commercial litigation, Delaware Court of Chancery disputes, and derivative litigation, in federal and state courts throughout the country. Spake has significant experience defending companies, boards of directors, and senior management in shareholder derivative litigation in, among other jurisdictions, the Delaware Court of Chancery. He also has significant experience with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, both defending companies named in class action litigation and in counseling compliance issues with companies in a diverse range of industries, including energy, finance, health care, and retail. This is Spake’s fourth-consecutive appearance on the Under 40 Hot List.

The Under 40 Hot List ranking comes on the heels of Polsinelli’s announcement about 12 attorneys earning a place on The Best Lawyers in America’s Lawyers of the Year list.  An additional 174 attorneys ranked as Best Lawyers for 2021.


About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.