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April 13, 2011 12:41 PM

Hinshaw, Polsinelli Make Major Lateral Hires

Posted by Brian Baxter

Am Law 200 firms Hinshaw & Culbertson and Polsinelli Shughart both brought on large groups of lateral hires this week.

Chicago-based Hinshaw is adding eight attorneys to its offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale from what remains of Yoss LLP, according to the Daily Business Review, a sibling publication. The six-partner group is leaving Yoss, which dissolved last month after several months of mounting financial difficulties.

The new Hinshaw hires include Neil Rollnick, the former chair of Yoss's real estate practice and partner-in-charge of the firm's Coral Gables office, who will join Hinshaw's Miami office. Charles Tatelbaum, the former head of Yoss's bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice, will work out of Hinshaw's Fort Lauderdale office.

Other former Yoss partners joining Hinshaw include Mitchell Bloomberg, Steven Cronig, Fernando Garcia, and Elizabeth Baker. Former Yoss senior associate Douglas Swalina joins Hinshaw as a partner. Another senior associate, Jesse Keenan, will join Hinshaw in the same capacity. The new hires bring 500-lawyer Hinshaw's Florida head count to about 85 lawyers, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Hinshaw has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa.

Across the country another 500-lawyer firm, Kansas City-based Polsinelli Shughart, has recruited 11 lawyers from Faegre & Benson in Denver.

The Denver Business Journal reports that the group of health care lawyers includes seven partners, who will help expand Polsinelli's health care group to more than 55 attorneys. Joining Polsinelli is former Faegre health care chair Ann McCullough and partners Jennifer Evans, Colleen Faddick, T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Bruce Johnson, Aileen Murphy, and Gerald Niederman.

A Polsinelli press release announcing the new hires states that former Faegre attorney Jennifer Weinfeld will join the firm as counsel, along with associates Sara Blass, Sera Chong, and Sara Iams.

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