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September 8, 2017
Polsinelli Names Shareholder Michelle Clardy Dobbs Director of Pro-Bono Services

Expanding the Am Law 100 firm’s deep philanthropic commitment, Polsinelli announced today the appointment of shareholder Michelle Clardy Dobbs to the newly-created position of national director of pro bono services and assistant general counsel. In this role, Dobbs will work across the firm’s 20 offices to oversee, reinforce and maximize the impact of Polsinelli’s pro bono efforts in the communities it serves.

In the last year, 598 Polsinelli attorneys recorded more than 25,000 pro bono hours.

“A commitment to help those in need is at the core of our firm’s culture,” Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh said. “Elevating Michelle to this new role will enable us to expand the positive impact of our pro bono work throughout the U.S.”

Dobbs has been a litigation attorney in Polsinelli’s St. Louis office for the past 13 years where she has worked with clients to analyze issues, solve problems, and negotiate positive outcomes. She regularly defends and advocates for clients through negotiation, mediation, in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.

“Our firm has long been very active in voluntarily providing legal services to individuals and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford representation,” Dobbs said. “I am eager to reinforce and strategically focus these efforts by creating a robust infrastructure to expand pro bono participation by our attorneys.”

Dobbs is also a board member at the Center for Women in Transition and has volunteered her time to many organizations, including The United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dobbs earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.

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