KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Group and Real Estate Equity Group. 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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Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally. Ranked No. 17* for Client Service Excellence among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli has risen more than 50 spots over the past five years in the Am Law 100 annual law firm ranking. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at www.polsinelli.com. Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP.
* 2017 BTI Client Service A-Team Report
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