June 8, 2017
Chase Simmons Confirmed as Polsinelli’s Vice Chairman and Chair-Elect

Shareholders vote Real Estate Practice Chair as firm’s third leader

F. Chase Simmons is the Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli. Simmons was nominated by the firm’s Board of Directors May 23, and his election was confirmed this evening by a vote from Polsinelli shareholders.

Simmons is also Chair of Polsinelli’s national Real Estate practice and Real Estate Equity practice. He has been with the firm for 20 years—his entire legal career. Simmons will assume Chairmanship on Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding Chairman and CEO Russ Welsh, who has served in the position since 1998.

“I have watched Russ lead this firm over the past two decades,” Simmons said. “I am humbled and deeply appreciate his mentorship and all of our shareholders for their support and belief in our ability to move forward together. My goal is to continue the great momentum Russ has established, through strategic growth, commitment to client service and focusing on our priority practice groups.”

Welsh will continue as Chairman and CEO through Dec. 31, 2018. The planned 18-month transition period has been designed to enable Simmons to continue to serve his clients, manage his practice groups, and work closely with Welsh before assuming Chairmanship responsibilities.

“I’m so proud that the leadership team we have in place at Polsinelli approached this transition process in the most collegial and positive manner possible,” Welsh said. “I’m equally proud of the talented attorneys and staff who day in and day out serve the firm’s clients with their commitment to exceptional client service. Our firm’s culture is uniquely collaborative, and I am honored that we have been able to successfully attract and retain such dedicated professionals.”

Polsinelli was recently ranked among the top three percent of law firms for client service excellence, listed at No. 17 on BTI’s 2017 Client Service A-Team, and at No. 20 on BTI’s 2017 Brand Elite list.

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