Awards & Recognition
December 12, 2013

Polsinelli congratulates financial services attorney Tiffany R. Harper for her success in the Chicago Committee’s “Rate My Pitch” professional development program.

Fifteen mid- and senior-level associates participated in the program, focused on building the skills needed to develop and maintain successful business relationships. After spending two sessions in September and October working on skill-building, the attorneys spent the program’s third session presenting pitches in response to a mock RFP for legal services. A panel of in-house counsel for Exelon, Allstate and Northern Trust scored the presentations based on the presenters’ professional presence, substantive competence, empathy and effective communication.

Harper was recognized for her outstanding empathy and was awarded the opportunity to have breakfast or lunch with one of the judging panel members.

“Participating in the program was a great opportunity,” Harper said, “and I’m thrilled that it’s leading to even greater opportunity. I love that Chicago’s legal community is so committed to diversity in its ranks and growth and development opportunities like the ones put forward by the Chicago Committee are essential to helping the next generation of diverse attorneys realize their full potential.”

Harper joined Polsinelli in January 2012 as an associate. She concentrates her practice in the areas of financial services, loan enforcement and creditors bankruptcy and creditors rights. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Prior to joining Polsinelli, Harper served as a judicial law clerk in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division and worked in-house at Navistar Financial Corporation, where she managed commercial litigation matters across the nation and represented the company’s interest in large Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases in various locales.

Harper, currently serving as the president of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008. There, she was the Executive Primary Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. Harper earned her B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 2005.

Since 1987, The Chicago Committee has provided substantive programming for its member firms, their attorneys, and the broader legal community. The Chicago Committee seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its membership to drive sustainable institutional change at law firms and corporate legal departments, providing professional development, and cultivating the community of minority lawyers through programming and leadership opportunities.

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