Legal Times reported back in July that two Kansas City-based firms were discussing a merger. About three months later, those plans finally came to fruition.
Last night, at about 6:30 p.m., the partnerships in the firms Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus and Shughart Thomson & Kilroy elected to merge to form Polsinelli Shughart. Polsinelli has a D.C. office with a several notable lawyers in its lobbying practice such as former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.), Edward Eynon, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), and Anita Estell, a former President Clinton appointee who served as senior adviser to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Richard Riley.
In July, a Polsinelli spokesperson said the D.C. office would continue "to do business as usual" in the event of a merger. Shughart does not have a Washington office.
The two offices will combine their headcounts – Shughart with about 180 lawyers and Polsinelli with about 300 – to total about 480 lawyers, breaking the new firm into the National Law Journal’s top 100 biggest firms.
Polsinelli’s chairman and CEO Russell Welsh will be the new firm’s CEO and Jack Kilroy, Jr., the president and CEO of Shughart, will be the new firm’s vice-chairman. Polsinelli Shughart will have a 14-member board of directors with six from Shughart and eight from Polsinelli.