January 27, 2012

Missouri Lawyers Weekly honored Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh with its prestigious Law Firm Leader award at the newspaper’s annual awards luncheon in St. Louis. Welsh was one of three managing partners or executives in the state chosen for “demonstrating extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership during the year.” Polsinelli Shughart has been ranked as one of “the fastest growing law firms in the country.”


“The award reads leader but this honor is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a large group of people,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “Our firm could not have achieved the success it has today without the efforts of our talented attorneys and hard working staff. Above all, we thank our clients who have helped make us who we are today.”


Polsinelli Shughart continues on its path of success growing to 575 attorneys. The firm added offices in Dallas and Los Angeles in 2011 to help meet clients’ needs. The firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and national platform has attracted shareholders from rival law firms who like Polsinelli Shughart’s business model of integration.


“A lot of firms talk about integration but it is at the core of the way we practice law and serve clients,” said Welsh. Welsh became chairman of Polsinelli in 1998 when the firm had approximately 90 attorneys serving clients. Following a merger in 2009 and ongoing growth, clients receive services from 575 lawyers in 16 cities stretching from coast to coast.


In addition to leading the firm, Welsh is active in the community and his civic involvement includes service on the boards of directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Community Blood Center, and he is Chairman of the Board of Starlight Theatre. He is chair elect of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Welsh is also past president, board of trustees, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mid-America Chapter. He has also served on the board of directors of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Kansas City Area Development Council. He is a former chairman of an American Bar Association Products Liability Committee.


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About Polsinelli Shughart


With 570 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients.  The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California,  Polsinelli Shughart LLP.