Awards & Recognition
April 10, 2017
Polsinelli Shareholder Nancy Hawes Selected for Women of Distinction Honors for Professional and Community Achievements

Polsinelli Shareholder Nancy Millsap Hawes was recently honored as a 2017 Women of Distinction honoree by the Missouri Athletic Club.

The award program, now in its sixth year, recognizes women who enrich the community and contribute to the advancement of women through leadership, character and professional achievements.

“The high level of success and respect Nancy has achieved both professionally and through her volunteer work is remarkable,” Jane Arnold, managing partner of Polsinelli’s St. Louis office said. “She has earned a reputation for her sincere and passionate representation of clients and is a strong role model for women in law. Supporting women attorneys and helping them flourish is a priority for our firm and I am proud to work alongside her.”

Hawes concentrates her practice on corporate and transactional law, specifically in the areas of real estate, finance and tax-exempt organizations, and is regularly included in the real estate and corporate law sections of The Best Lawyers in America.

Since 2015, Hawes has been a board member of the Friends of KWMU, Inc., which supports the programming goals of St. Louis Public Radio. In addition, she has served as an executive committee member of The Women's Society of Washington University since 2011 and was recently named chair of the organization’s scholarship committee.

From 2013 to 2016, Hawes served as chairman of the board of directors of the Incarnate Word Foundation (IWF). Under her leadership, IWF developed two tremendously impactful programs, STL Youth Jobs and the Marketplace of Ideas. Both initiatives aimed to foster community-wide partnerships to end cycles of poverty and injustice. Hawes previously served as a member of the board of directors of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis from 1997 until 2013, and member of that board’s executive committee from 2008 until 2009. She was also the founder of the Arts & Education Council’s development board, and served as the board’s first president. She is a former member of the board of directors of Marian Middle School, as well as its development committee.

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