Brian F. McEvoy, shareholder with Polsinelli.
Brian F. McEvoy, shareholder with Polsinelli. (Courtesy photo)

Polsinelli has named white-collar litigator Brian McEvoy the new managing partner for the firm’s Atlanta office, which has almost tripled in size since it launched at the start of 2014.

McEvoy succeeds Nancy Rafuse, who has been promoted to chair of Polsinelli’s national labor and employment practice.

Rafuse had been the office’s managing partner since Polsinelli acquired boutique firm Rafuse, Hill & Hodges almost four years ago, launching the office with 11 labor and employment lawyers and litigators.

Since then, it has expanded to 30 lawyers, becoming a more full-service office.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the positive momentum that was created through Nancy’s leadership,” McEvoy said. ”The goal is to be full-service. We want the office to reflect what we are nationally—a full-service Am Law 100 law firm.”

The 800-lawyer firm, which has roots in Kansas City, Missouri, reported revenue last year of $439 million—a 7.1 increase from the previous year. With 20 offices, it reported profit per partner of $695,000 and revenue per lawyer of $580,000.

Last year the firm moved into larger Atlanta digs, taking two floors (45,000 square feet) at One Atlantic Center in the heart of Midtown’s law firm district—enough room for 65 lawyers plus staff.

The office wants to grow its transactional and real estate practices, McEvoy said, especially since  Atlanta is a strong market in those areas. “In 2018 we’ll likely see some additional growth,” he said.

McEvoy, 45, was Polsinelli’s first lateral hire in Atlanta, joining at the beginning of 2015 from Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever. A former federal prosecutor, he handles health care fraud and other white-collar matters.

Before joining Chilivis Cochran in 2009, McEvoy spent five years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, where he was the health care fraud coordinator for the district. During his tenure, the Department of Health and Human Services recognized him with the Inspector General’s Integrity Award for his work prosecuting health care cases.

McEvoy said the “entrepreneurial spirit of the firm” and its large and top-rated health care practice are what attracted him to Polsinelli almost three years ago. He is the vice-chair of the firm’s national government relations practice. The Atlanta native, who has been in practice for 20 years, earned a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1997.

McEvoy has served as the chair of the executive committee for the State Bar of Georgia’s health care law section and he has co-chaired the Southeast subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s committee on white-collar crime.

In 2015, Polsinelli recruited a seven-lawyer health care team with a tech focus from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, led by Sidney Welch and Lynn Scott, plus two health care shareholders— R. Ross Burris and Jonathan Kendall—from Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. It added another health care shareholder, Dan Mohan, from Morris Manning & Martin in August of this year.

This month, Polsinelli recruited another federal prosecutor, Ellen Persons, for its white-collar group. Persons joined from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Georgia, where she prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act.

In a high-profile matter, one of the office’s founding shareholders, trial lawyer William Hill, is defending Atlanta attorney Claude “Tex” McIver against murder charges following McIver’s fatal shooting of his wife last year.