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May 14, 2018
Polsinelli Founder and Shareholder Jim Polsinelli has been awarded the inaugural 2018 ICON Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his notable sustained success and strong leadership within and outside the field of law.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly is presenting its first-ever ICON Awards this year, which honors 25 distinguished men and women attorneys over the age of 60 in recognition of their exemplary careers and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community. Mr. Polsinelli is among a group of honorees who hold or have held a senior position with significant decision-making authority for their firm or organization.

“Jim is an icon at Polsinelli, as he has dedicated his nearly 50-year career to servicing clients and giving back to our community,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Russ Welsh. “The values that Jim exhibited throughout his career remain the fundamental values of our firm. Our firm’s name stands in tribute to Jim, out of respect for everything he has done since founding Polsinelli.” 

Mr. Polsinelli has devoted his entire legal career to the representation of mid-market companies, remaining with the firm he founded in 1972 with two other young attorneys in Kansas City. Since being founded more than 45 years ago, Polsinelli has grown exponentially from a local Kansas City firm to a national, top 100 law firm with reach from coast to coast.

The ICON Award serves as another addition to the expansive list of distinctions Mr. Polsinelli has earned for his superior legal skills, including numerous years on The Best Lawyers in America® list and Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers lists. The Kansas City Bar Association recognized Mr. Polsinelli as a prestigious “Baron of the Boardroom” recipient and he is a past honoree for the “Man of the Year” Award by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation. The University of Missouri-Kansas City also awarded Mr. Polsinelli with an Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

Mr. Polsinelli’s accomplishments will be celebrated at the inaugural ICON Awards luncheon on Friday, June 1, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo.


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Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally. Ranked No. 17 for Client Service Excellence among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli has risen more than 50 spots over the past five years in the Am Law 100 annual law firm ranking. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at www.polsinelli.com. Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP.
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