One of the nation’s premier medical research institutions entered the world of law firm intrigue when it tapped a name partner from a fast-growing local firm to be its new top lawyer. Or so it seemed.

This past January the Stowers Institute for Medical Research named 64-year-old David Welte, formerly of Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus, to be its full-time general counsel. Welte had essentially acted as the legal chief for the Kansas City, Mo.-based biomedical institute since 2000, maintaining a concurrent role as a partner at Kansas City-based Polsinelli. On Jan. 17 Welte ended his 31-year relationship with the firm to pursue a permanent position with the 13-year-old research facility.

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