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 a full-service firm with a labor and employment team notable for its national class- and collective-action capabilities. The seasoned litigators within the practice uphold the firm’s presence on a national scale. The practice defends clients that are facing all types of labor and employment battles. The Missouri office of the firm houses one of the strongest labor and employment groups at the firm. Chairing the firm’s labor and employment practice is Denise Drake, who, from the office in Kansas City, maintains a significant reputation for defending clients in labor and employment matters. Drake’s caseload routinely includes discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-and-hour matters. Eric Packel chairs the restrictive covenant and trade secrets practice, but his expertise in labor and employment encompasses all types of claims. He has previously assisted large healthcare institutions with discrimination claims. A significant portion of Robert Hingula’s practice is devoted to representing employers in collective actions. His client roster includes school districts and private companies in a wide variety of industries. Hingula assists clients through employment law matters, wage-and-hour actions, and against discrimination allegations as well as wrongful termination and retaliation cases.
Newly added labor and employment stars Jay Dade and Karen Cain are formidable in labor and employment litigation. Dade has successfully resolved several labor and employment disputes over the last year. He defended Wilson Logistics in a misclassification and wage and hour case that resulted in a win for the client on summary judgment in District Court. The plaintiff appealed in October 2020. Dade also obtained a favorable settlement for Apogee Enterprises after setting the client up to prevail on a summary judgment motion. The settlement agreement was significantly less than the amount the plaintiff sought in damages. Cain has been litigating several cases for clients over the last year. She is actively litigating in Nebraska, Missouri and Washington, handling wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination cases, and a whistleblower retaliation matter, which she was retained to handle mid-case.
In addition to Missouri, the labor and employment practice includes two stars, Sean Gallagher and Donald Samuels, who are based in Colorado. Gallagher brings more than 25 years of experience litigating on behalf of his clients. His multi-decade practice has included noncompete covenants, wage and hour violations, breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination actions. Samuels is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience in employment law. He brings a unique expertise after serving as an employment law arbitrator. He is active representing employers facing class and collective actions in the wage and hour arena, as well as single and multi-plaintiff disputes arising from allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.