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Hinshaw’s Richard Polony Selected Among Crain’s 2020 Notable Minorities in Law

December 14, 2020

The U.S. law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP today announced that Partner Richard Polony, a founder the firm’s Hispanic Affinity Network, was chosen among the 2020 Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting and Law by Crain’s Chicago Business.

A seasoned litigator, Polony represents companies in general corporate matters, commercial litigation, business disputes, creditors’ rights issues, and class action defense. He has tried multiple cases to verdict in both federal and state courts.

"With Rich’s long history of supporting and promoting the advancement of Hispanics and minorities, within the legal industry and his community, he is well deserving of this honor," said Daniel "D.L." Morriss, Hinshaw’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Partner. "As a founder of Hinshaw’s Hispanic Affinity Network, he has played an integral role in developing and implementing programming to enhance recruitment, retention and advancement of Hispanics and other minority attorneys and staff. He also has greatly enhanced opportunities for minority attorneys nationwide through his service on the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois."

After receiving his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago, Polony worked as a financial analyst at Sprint and All State Commercial Insurance for six years. He earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1995, joining Hinshaw as an associate where he has practiced for the last 25 years.

"I’m truly honored to be selected among this year’s Crain’s Chicago Notable Minorities in Law," Polony said. "Throughout my legal career, Hinshaw has provided me with many opportunities to work for the advancement of Hispanic and minority attorneys and staff at the firm. The firm’s leadership also supports my work throughout the greater Chicago community, including my role with the Board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities at Large Firms. I look forward to continuing our efforts to increase the number of diverse attorneys at the firm and continuing to advance the careers of our minority associates."

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices nationwide and in London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the financial services sector, and other highly regulated industries. Hinshaw also serves as counsel to the professional services sector, and provides business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes.