Polsinelli has grown beyond its Kansas City roots to inhabit various strategic locations throughout the country, often attracting local talent in the surrounding area. The firm’s aggressive expansion over the years has equipped it with breadth and depth in many areas of litigation.
Bouncing between Seattle and Chicago, Gary Hood maintains an intellectual practice touches on all facets of patent, trademark and trade dress IP litigation. Chicago’s Mary Clare Bonaccorsi serves as Polsinelli’s Cross-Department Litigation Chair. She is entrusted to map the overall litigation strategy for the firm. Bonaccorsi’s practice mainly focuses on the healthcare industry, routinely leading high-stakes corporate internal investigations for clients in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, her casework often involves false claims act litigation before judges and juries in both state and federal courts throughout the country and she has several high-profile cases under her belt. New additions from the Chicago office include Thomas Gemmell and Daniel Reinberg. Gemmell’s practice mixes IP and business litigation. He leads several industry-specific practices, serving as lead of the unmanned systems and advanced robotics practice and co-lead of both the aviation practice and the transportation and logistics practice. Reinberg like Bonaccorsi concentrates his practice on the healthcare industry. He represents organizations, corporations, and providers in a variety of cases, including civil and criminal matters, healthcare and securities fraud, and lawsuits arising under the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
John Peterson, a new addition to this year’s rankings, bridges a geographic and practice divide. Based in Nashville but also operating out of Chattanooga as well as Los Angeles, Peterson is a commercial litigator with vast experience in securities as well as real estate, and he is yet another Polsinelli partner devoted to healthcare litigation, an industry essential to Tennessee's economy. In Atlanta, Brian McEvoy’s white-collar practice is dedicated to fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry. Farah Nicol operates out of the firm’s Raleigh and Los Angeles offices and serves chair of the firm’s litigation department -- the first leader to not be based in Kansas City, the firm’s mainstay. Nicol’s primary focus is on product liability and toxic tort litigation.
Polsinelli is home to a skilled group of labor and employment trial lawyers who operate out of numerous offices across the country. Recognized for exclusively serving as management counsel, the team is no stranger to a wide variety of employment disputes and strategies, such as class and collective actions, labor relations disputes, restrictive covenants, retaliation and whistleblower claims, wrongful termination matters, discrimination cases, among others. The firm maintains an arsenal of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to privately owned firms and businesses.
The Missouri office of the firm houses one of the strongest labor and employment groups at the firm. Operating from the firm’s Kansas City office, Denise Drake serves as the department chair of the practice. “Denise has a really good reputation," voices a peer. She has continued to build on that reputation and was selected as a new addition to Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation list for 2020. Drake’s expertise routinely includes defending companies in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage & hour, and ERISA matters. Fellow partner Eric Packel chairs the restrictive covenant and trade secrets practice. Packel is renowned for his handling of all employment discrimination allegations brought against a large healthcare institution in multiple discrimination claims and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a state Human Rights Commission. Robert Hingula has devoted a significant portion of his practice to representing employers in collective actions. He is also active representing school districts and other industries through employment law matters, wage and hour actions, and against discrimination allegations as well as wrongful termination and retaliation cases.
Colorado is home to two labor and employment stars, Sean Gallagher and Donald Samuels. Gallagher is equipped with more than 25 years of experience litigating on behalf of his clients as well as advising on ways to mitigate the risk of litigation. His labor and employment experience consists of noncompete covenants, wage and hour violations, breach of fiduciary duty, and discrimination actions. Samuels is also a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in employment law actions, including serving as an employment law arbitrator. He is active representing employers in wage and hour issues, including class and collective actions, discrimination and harassment claims, and whistleblower and retaliation claims.
Los Angeles managing partner Noel Cohen operates a diverse practice and serves as vice-chair of the firm’s commercial litigation practice. He is recognized for his work defending wrongful termination claims, harassment and discrimination actions, trade secret claims, single and class actions, and other employment disputes.