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									For Immediate Release                                                 For info contact:
March 26, 2009                                                        Heather McMichael

                  Polsinelli Shughart Adds New Litigation Attorney
                                 To Springfield Office

Justin R. Watkins brings courtroom experience from Mo. Public Defender System to Polsinelli Shughart.

Springfield, MO-Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney Justin R. Watkins, as associate, to its
Springfield office. Watkins will practice in the Business Litigation practice group, focusing his
practice on complex civil litigation. Watkins previously practiced for nearly two years as an
Assistant Public Defender for the Missouri State Public Defender System.

“We are pleased to have Justin join our office of experienced litigators,” said Thomas J. O’Neal,
managing partner Polsinelli Shughart’s Springfield office. “Justin has had time in the courtroom
and brings experience that will enhance our trial services to clients.”

Watkins received valuable trial experience with the Missouri State Public Defender System. He
was responsible for all aspects involved in the defense of both felony and misdemeanor charges,
including trial and motion practice. Watkins earned an acquittal in his first jury trial as lead
counsel and actively participated in numerous jury trials as second chair.

“I enjoy fighting on behalf of clients and causes I believe in,” said Watkins. “Fighting on behalf
of the perspectives of those clients and causes in a venue where they need someone to be their
voice; put more simply, I enjoy being an advocate.”

Watkins graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, with his J.D. from The John Marshall
Law School in 2007. He gave his valedictory address, “Empowerment Through Education,” to
the graduating Class of 2007. He graduated with his B.A., magna cum laude, from Valparaiso
University in 2004, where he made the National Dean’s List in 2004. He was admitted to the
Missouri Bar in 2007.

Originally a native of Colorado, Watkins now looks forward to becoming involved in the
Springfield community and developing his legal practice.

“I think it’s important to give back to your community in a meaningful way,” said Watkins. “I
welcome the opportunity to begin developing relationships within the local business community,
and to begin laying the foundations for a successful practice in business law.”

About Polsinelli Shughart

With approximately 480 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national
law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real
estate, business law, construction, life sciences and health care. Serving corporate, institutional
and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for
successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal
matters. The firm has offices in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware;
Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois; Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, St. Louis,
Springfield and St. Joseph, Missouri; New York City; and Washington, D.C.


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