MAY 17, 2021

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli is pleased to announce that James E. Bird, senior partner in the firm’s Kansas City office, has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). This prestigious recognition is reserved for a select group of lawyers who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership is limited to only one percent of licensed attorneys in the U.S. and a select number of international lawyers.

“Our entire firm congratulates Jim on this deserving appointment,” said Polsinelli Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Chair Chris Ward. “Jim has dedicated his entire legal career to solving complex legal issues on behalf of his clients, and as a leader in the bankruptcy and restructuring area. He is an excellent representative of Polsinelli and will be a terrific ABF Fellow.”

Established in 1955, the Fellows organization is a global honorary society comprised of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars, who provide financial support to sustain the ABF’s scholarship to advance justice and the understanding of law. Fellows promote ABF research to the legal profession and other parties who will benefit from awareness of its content. To become a Fellow, attorneys are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

As a member of Polsinelli’s national Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice, Bird assists clients in making informed decisions and devising effective solutions concerning their financial situation and business goals. He has significant national experience representing debtor corporations, secured lenders, official committees of unsecured creditors, debenture holders, shareholders, employees, landlords, asset purchasers, and trustees.

A 1976 graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City, Bird received his law degree from the Washburn University School of Law in 1980. He has been included in U.S. News – Best Lawyers ranking for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law since 2005 and was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Kansas City, MO in 2015 and 2020.


About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.