April 23, 2010

Kansas City, MO (April 22, 2010) Ask Jim Polsinelli who should be leading the law firm he founded in 1972 and he’ll tell you Russ Welsh. The shareholders at Polsinelli Shughart PC recently reelected Welsh to his fourth term as chairman and chief executive officer, a position Welsh has held since 1998. When Welsh assumed leadership of the firm, it had 90 attorneys in four offices in Missouri and Kansas. Today, Polsinelli Shughart has grown to 498 lawyers in 16 offices across the country.

“It’s universally agreed that Russ brings absolute integrity to the chairman’s position and that he is always thinking in the best interest of the firm,” said Polsinelli. “Russ has lead us in implementing a long term strategic plan that benefits clients, by providing a wide variety of high-quality legal services with a focus on value.”

As chairman and chief executive officer, Welsh oversees the strategic development and management of Polsinelli Shughart, a national law firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. During Welsh’s tenure, Polsinelli Shughart expanded its practices and its geographic footprint. The firm’s geographic reach stretches west to Phoenix and Denver, with Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis in the Midwest, and New York, Wilmington, and Washington, D.C. to the East.

“I’m humbled and honored to be leading Polsinelli Shughart during a time when so much is happening,” said Welsh. “Our clients are benefiting from our expanding resources and their needs are driving our growth. We have a talented team of attorneys and staff and I look forward to leading the continued success of our firm.”

In the last two months the firm has:

· Acquired a seven-lawyer firm in Jefferson City, Missouri, bolstering our public policy capabilities
· Added 14 attorneys to our Phoenix office, strengthening our Corporate Environmental and Litigation practices
· Expanded our national Health Care Public Policy practice in Washington, D.C. with the addition of eight senior attorneys and professionals specializing in Public Policy and Health Care

In addition, Welsh helped direct the expansion of the firm’s national practices in financial services, real estate, business law and litigation. Polsinelli Shughart has been listed as the number three real estate law firm in the Midwest, and gained a national reputation for its work in financial services, nonprofit organizations, life sciences and health care law.

In addition to leading the firm, Welsh is active in the community and his civic involvement includes service on the board of directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council and Starlight Theatre. He is a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. Welsh is also past president, board of trustees, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mid-America Chapter. He has served on the board of directors of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and he is a former chairman of an American Bar Association Products Liability Committee. Welsh is recognized as a leading business litigation attorney by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

“We hired Russ 25 years ago because he was a terrific trial attorney and watched him mature into the leader he is today,” said Polsinelli. “He’s not afraid to make the tough decisions that best benefit our firm and our clients.”

Welsh is available to talk to reporters about:

· Growth of Polsinelli Shughart
· What’s next for Polsinelli Shughart
· The changing environment for law firms

For more information, contact Heather McMichael, Public Relations Manager, 816-395-0618,

About the firm
With more than 495 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.