Anthony Romano.
Anthony Romano. (Courtesy photo)

Anthony Romano, a longtime partner at Polsinelli and vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, has left its office in Kansas City, Missouri, for Littler Mendelson.

The move to Littler, which became official on Aug. 8, came after Romano spent the last 29 years at Polsinelli, a Kansas City-based firm that has been on a rapid expansion kick in recent years. In early 2015, Littler publicly incurred Polsinelli’s wrath after opening an office in Kansas City.

While Romano had nothing but compliments about Polsinelli, he said a difference in philosophy was at the heart of his move to Littler, a large firm focused solely on labor and employment work.

“There has been an emphasis at Polsinelli on the national practice,” said Romano, noting the firm has been particularly successful in terms building out its health care practice. A resulting “rate hike” created concern for serving his current client base, he said.

“Because Littler focuses on one area of the law, we’re able to give our clients really efficient [and] focused representation at competitive rates,” Romano said. While he declined to discuss specific rates at Polsinelli versus those at Littler, he said his new firm offered greater flexibility.

Romano, a trial lawyer, declined to name clients that would be making the move with him to Littler, but said a significant part of his practice focuses on trade secrets litigation.

Aside from the rate issue, Romano noted that Polsinelli was keen on Atlanta and California in terms of its labor and employment presence. Having spent his entire life in Kansas City, Romano said that Littler’s commitment to the area was critical in making his move to the San Francisco-based firm.

While Litter has had a team of lawyers based in Kansas City since 2006, it relocated nearly 300 administrative jobs to the city has part of a back office plan unveiled in January 2015. Later that same month, Polsinelli chairman and CEO W. Russell Welsh voiced concerns about Littler’s move, including a limited pool for IT staffing needs.

Romano declined to discuss Welsh’s past comments on Friday, but did note that Littler’s expanded back office in the city was particularly attractive to him when making his decision to leave Polsinelli. Littler currently has 10 lawyers based in Kansas City, according to its website.

While Romano said Littler is looking to grow in Kansas City, he said “efficient is [Litter’s] middle name.” The firm’s offices are “lean and mean,” he added.

Romano said he did not work with a recruiter in his move to Polsinelli, but had known a number of lawyers at his new firm for some time. A spokeswoman for Polsinelli did not return a request for comment on Romano’s move to Littler by press time.

Anthony Romano, a longtime partner at Polsinelli and vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, has left its office in Kansas City, Missouri, for Littler Mendelson .

The move to Littler, which became official on Aug. 8, came after Romano spent the last 29 years at Polsinelli , a Kansas City-based firm that has been on a rapid expansion kick in recent years. In early 2015, Littler publicly incurred Polsinelli ’s wrath after opening an office in Kansas City.

While Romano had nothing but compliments about Polsinelli , he said a difference in philosophy was at the heart of his move to Littler, a large firm focused solely on labor and employment work.

“There has been an emphasis at Polsinelli on the national practice,” said Romano, noting the firm has been particularly successful in terms building out its health care practice. A resulting “rate hike” created concern for serving his current client base, he said.

“Because Littler focuses on one area of the law, we’re able to give our clients really efficient [and] focused representation at competitive rates,” Romano said. While he declined to discuss specific rates at Polsinelli versus those at Littler, he said his new firm offered greater flexibility.

Romano, a trial lawyer, declined to name clients that would be making the move with him to Littler, but said a significant part of his practice focuses on trade secrets litigation.

Aside from the rate issue, Romano noted that Polsinelli was keen on Atlanta and California in terms of its labor and employment presence. Having spent his entire life in Kansas City, Romano said that Littler’s commitment to the area was critical in making his move to the San Francisco-based firm.

While Litter has had a team of lawyers based in Kansas City since 2006, it relocated nearly 300 administrative jobs to the city has part of a back office plan unveiled in January 2015. Later that same month, Polsinelli chairman and CEO W. Russell Welsh voiced concerns about Littler’s move, including a limited pool for IT staffing needs.

Romano declined to discuss Welsh’s past comments on Friday, but did note that Littler’s expanded back office in the city was particularly attractive to him when making his decision to leave Polsinelli . Littler currently has 10 lawyers based in Kansas City, according to its website.

While Romano said Littler is looking to grow in Kansas City, he said “efficient is [Litter’s] middle name.” The firm’s offices are “lean and mean,” he added.

Romano said he did not work with a recruiter in his move to Polsinelli , but had known a number of lawyers at his new firm for some time. A spokeswoman for Polsinelli did not return a request for comment on Romano’s move to Littler by press time.