Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP
Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP

Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP

3 Star Rating     8 reviews

Main Office:

900 W. 48th Place | Kansas City | MO | 64112

Phone: 816-753-1000 | Fax: 816-753-1536

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Year of establishment 1972 Number of partners 485
Number of offices 20 Partner to associate ratio 2.00
Biggest office Kansas City Percentage of women attorneys 30.00
Number of attorneys 810 Percentage of minority attorneys 12.60
Number of associates 238 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.10
Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP
   8 reviews

Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on July 22, 2021

Pros: Great building

Cons: Horrible firm, worst in Chicago. I’ve worked in Chicago for 40 years and this is the most toxic, harassing, evil firm in the city. If ever there was karma I hope it’s now.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Many, the good are fired or forced to leave and their clients taken.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Never stepping foot in it.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on April 09, 2021

Pros: Nice building

Cons: Years of abuse, bullying, favoritism, set-ups, lies are leaving many staff and attorneys with scarring as they try to figure out how this continues.

Partners to Avoid and Why: All partners, some more than others. They are all controlled by management. They all work together including HR.

Favorite Things About this Firm: The day I left

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time


Polsinelli, a national law firm ranked among the Am Law 100 with over 740 attorneys located in 19 offices, deliberately seeks constant improvement in all that we do. At its inception more than forty years ago, the firm established a culture of openness and entrepreneurship that still pervades today. As the fastest growing U.S. law firm for the past six years as ranked by The American Lawyer*, the firm’s growth has been fueled by the recruitment of like-minded attorneys from top law firms across the country. Polsinelli attorneys successfully build enduring client relationships by providing practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and with a passion for assisting General Counsel and CEOs in achieving their objectives. The firm focuses on healthcare, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, and energy and business litigation, and has depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. In 1972 Jim Polsinelli and colleagues formed the firm to serve business and real estate clients in a small office in the historic Country Club Plaza District in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm has continued to see impressive growth over its 40+ year history with expanding practice areas and office additions, most recently in San Francisco and Atlanta. The addition of these offices is part of our strategic plan to better serve the increasing needs of our clients. We strive to align our services to our clients' business goals. Doing so has allowed us to attract experienced attorneys across the country seeking a platform best suited to their clients' priorities. With our firm’s concentration of presence in lower-overhead markets, we are able to offer more comprehensive services than local or regional firms and more competitive overall cost than national firms concentrated in higher cost markets.

Practice Areas

Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy And Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate And Transactional
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Environmental And Natural Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Food And Drug
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations And Compliance Civil And Criminal
  • Health Care Services
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure And Public Private Partnerships
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor And Employment
  • Litigation And Dispute Resolution
  • Privacy And Data Security
  • Pro Bono
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Services
  • Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Tax
  • Wealth Planning
  • Administration

Hiring Criteria

Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm seeks bright, enthusiastic students to join its summer program. Currently the firm interviews prospective students on campuses at many law schools and at Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, the Heartland Diversity and St. Louis Diversity Job Fairs.

If the candidate's school is not on the firm's interviewing schedule and neither in the job fairs, the firm advises them to apply directly to the office of their choice with a cover letter, along with a resume, law school transcript and writing sample.

If the student is applying for the firm's St. Louis office the application has to be sent to Jennifer Northcutt (jnorthcutt@polsinelli.com). For all other offices the application has to be sent to Kelly Green (kgreen@polsinelli.com).

Pro bono

The firm treats pro bono with seriousness and in earnest. The firm provides pro bono services in a wide range of activities, ensuring that those who need legal services but cannot afford them are not denied it. Every year the firm donates thousands of hours to their pro bono efforts.

The firm of its own free will chooses to represent individuals and nonprofit organizations that cannot otherwise afford legal services. It also accepts court-appointed assignments on behalf of poor and needy clients in the areas of child abuse and neglect, family disputes, and some types of criminal law.

The firm actively participates and contributes to the legal aid of various organizations and its work has been formally recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court from 2006 to 2008 for its participation in its Pro Bono Legal Services Commitment and Recognition Program. Polsinelli Shughart is also a member and supporter of the Colorado Lawyers Committee which forms task forces to address public interest issues involving the poor and the disadvantaged and handles related litigation.

Moreover, the firm employs full-time pro bono attorneys to provide representation in a variety of civil and criminal cases. Many of the firm's attorneys donate a portion of their time to pro bono activities for individuals, not-for-profit and charitable organizations. To encourage continued participation this pro bono time is credited towards the attorney's annual billing goals.

Polsinelli Shughart take pride in helping the community and is committed to improving the communities in which it works and has long embraced its responsibility to the community at large and encouraged involvement in pro bono and other public service activities.

Notable cases

  • The firm's attorneys have notched up many significant victories that have had far reaching consequences for their clients. Mentioned here are a few of them:
  • Polsinelli Shughart represented a medical device manufacturing business with operations in the United States, Great Britain and Canada, in connection with the sale of substantially all of the assets of its medical device manufacturing business to a publicly traded Fortune 20 company. A transaction valued at over $500 million.
  • Polsinelli Shughart guided a nonprofit 13-hospital healthcare system through one of the largest hospital sale transactions in US history, a transaction that entailed a nonprofit to for-profit sale conversion.
  • Polsinelli Shughart filed and prosecuted patent applications worldwide in over 50 countries.
  • Polsinelli Shughart provided clearance opinions for new HIV drugs, including the active, carrier, combination of drugs, and method of making.
  • Polsinelli Shughart provided guidance for client websites including domain name, copyright, trademark, artwork, meta links, and security.
  • Polsinelli Shughart developed strategies for patenting and commercializing new medical devices, including working with health care group on reimbursement strategies for commercialized products.
  • Polsinelli Shughart defended a national bank from numerous claims asserted by a pro se plaintiff. The case was one of several cases asserted by the plaintiff over a period of several years. The firm's attorenys assisted in drafting a Motion to Dismiss which was granted by the trial court.
  • Polsinelli Shughart represented 36 grocery retailers located throughout Missouri, Kansas and Arizona as part of a mass action litigation and trial team. Mr. Bartels pursued three cases in federal court prosecuting claims in excess of $250 million for product overcharges and racketeering against the grocery wholesaler, a Fortune 500 company.
  • Polsinelli Shughart successfully obtained declaratory judgment finding for company that forged parts for aircraft engines in case arising from the largest aviation recall in history that engine manufacturer could not enforce contractual indemnification agreement as a matter of law.
  • Polsinelli Shughart successfully obtained complete dismissal of Fair Labor Standards Act claims brought as a putative collective action against the world's largest dedicated security technology company.

Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP Awards and Recognitions

Polsinelli Shughart is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. These are some of the awards that it has received.

Twenty Polsinelli Shughart lawyers were included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the first time increasing our total amount of lawyers ranked to 134 or approximately 20 percent of our firm. Polsinelli Shughart has 12 lawyers who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 10 years, three lawyers who have been included in Best Lawyers® for at least 20 years, and one lawyer has been ranked in Best Lawyers® for 25 years.

Ingram's Magazine readers have selected Polsinelli Shughart as a Gold honor winner in the Best Law Firm category for the third straight year.

Polsinelli Shughart went from four attorneys in 2011 to nine attorneys selected by their peers as the 2012 "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®. Recipients of this prestigious award practice in Polsinelli's Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix and St. Louis offices.

Chambers USA, the world's leading guide to the legal profession, released its 2011 rankings for practice groups and lawyers. Polsinelli Shughart PC received rankings for 39 attorneys and 11 practice areas in Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

Polsinelli Shughart PC attorney Grace S. Day of St. Joseph, Missouri, will be honored for her dedication to the legal profession and her impact on the lives of countless families in Northwest Missouri. Missouri Lawyers Weekly selected Day as its 2011 Women's Justice Award "Woman of the Year.


Polsinelli Shughart believes that only through innovation can they provide new and creative approaches that respond proficiently and successfully to their clients' needs that change from conventional legal requirements to avant-garde unanticipated problems. This, the firm believes, can only come through having a diverse workplace, where people from diverse cultures and diverse backgrounds will bring in different perspectives and ideas and provide new approaches to solving its clients' problems. The firm values diversity and does so by attracting, retaining, and mentoring the best legal and professional talent available, irrespective of who they are.

Polsinelli Shughart is committed having a working place environment in which diverse individuals feel welcome and contribute to providing excellent legal service, irrespective of whether their diversity is race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic background, marital or parental status.

The firm provides equal opportunity to everyone, employees, attorneys, supervisors and managers, at Polsinelli Shughart to realize their potential and perform at their best. The firm also provides training and mentoring and believes that by providing impartial treatment and respect to the employees and respecting and valuing them for their differences, it helps to structure a cohesive and unified team that is better able to work together and provide unparalleled service to its clients.

The firm does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and addresses complaints of unfairness and inequity with alacrity and without retaliation or adverse employment action against the complainant. Any employee, attorney, supervisor or manager found to have engaged in discrimination or retaliation in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment.

Summer associate program

The firm places great emphasis in its summer associate program. The program commences with a two-day orientation program. Students will participate in the firm's specially designed for the summer associates professional development program that may include writing, negotiation, etiquette, associate life and community involvement.

Students can expect to be assigned a variety of projects in widespread practice areas. The firm puts considerable emphasis on research and writing as this helps them to analyze and assess the students, writing and analytical capabilities.

The summer associate's workload is observed to make certain that he/she is not overburdened with work, yet completes an adequate number of projects. The firm also ensures that the student gets to interact with attorneys in their preferred areas of legal practice. Summer Associates are also provided opportunities to attend hearings, depositions, closings, certain client meetings and other people-oriented events.

The students' work will receive appropriate and timely feedback. They will have two formal evaluations one half-way through their summer experience and once at its conclusion. In addition, they will receive feedback on each individual project from the supervising attorney. However, the firm has an "open door" affable environment. Students are welcome to contact the supervising attorney whenever they have questions or concerns about a project. The students will also have a partner and associate mentor assigned to them who will provide informal feedback throughout the summer.

While the firm appreciates that as new entrant to the legal profession there will be lacunas in their work but it looks for quality work product, attention to detail, and superior analytical and writing skills and that the summer associates are regular and neat in their work and submit their assignments on time.

Polsinelli Shughart offers many opportunities throughout the summer, both formal and informal, to socialize with others at the firm to get to know the people at the firm and its surroundings.

Working for the Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP

Polsinelli Shughart believes that its employees play a crucial role in the success of the firm and that each employee fills a vital role, contributing to the superior legal service it provides its clients. The firm values and respects each and every employee and fosters a mutually respectful and caring atmosphere at the firm and the employees respond by taking pride in their work and producing quality, efficient services.

If you are looking for a challenging yet welcoming workplace, Polsinelli Shughart is a great place to begin and expand upon your legal career. In spite of its exceptional growth the work culture at the firm has remained relaxed, welcoming and entrepreneurial. Achieving professional excellence in a collegial and hospitable environment, where differences are respected, is what the firm places great emphasis upon.


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