March 17, 2011

Members of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission elected Polsinelli Shughart attorney Katie Brown to their board on March 8. The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission is one of the oldest Sports Commissions in the United States and its mission focuses on attracting national and international sporting events to the state. Additionally they assist in the promotion of existing events and teams and support youth sports programs.

Members of the Commission represent all segments of the sports community: sports franchises, sports facilities, vendors, construction contractors, chambers of commerce, media, real estate, pharmaceutical, hospitality, and legal community.

"We are excited to welcome Katie to the board of directors,” said Jon Schmeider, president of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission. “Her background in athletic administration, along with her enthusiasm for helping our sports and tourism community, make her a great addition to the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission family."

Prior to attending law school, Brown worked in college athletic administration and NCAA Rules Compliance. Most recently, while attending law school full-time at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, she worked as a compliance coordinator in athletics at Arizona State University. Brown was also the president and symposium chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association (SELSA) at the law school. She was the primary coordinator of the 2007 SELSA Symposium, featuring prominent professionals in sports from the Phoenix area, including Nona Lee, Ray Artigue and Michael J. Bidwill, among others. Brown also held the positions of coordinator of Women’s Basketball Operations at the University of Arizona and of assistant director of Football Operations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am honored to have been nominated for this position, and to serve among such well-respected members of the sports community,” said Brown. “This opportunity allows me to utilize my sports background and increase the services I provide to our firm and our clients.”

Headquartered in the Midwest, the Polsinelli Shughart law firm has grown to more than 500 attorneys in 14 cities stretching from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. With 58 attorneys and still growing, the Phoenix office is now the firm's third largest office behind Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Brown is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Complex Commercial litigation

• Class Actions

• Securities Litigation

• NCAA Rules Interpretation and Violations

For information contact:

Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

Phoenix Marketing Manager Molly Edwards, 602-650-2338,

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