Chairman and CEO, Polsinelli, PC


Russell Welsh served as Chairman of Polsinelli for 16 years, during which time he helped grow the firm from 90 to 740 attorneys and guided it into the Am Law 100. Russell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Council of Kansas City and past chairman of the board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Polsinelli has been ranked the fastest growing law firm in the U.S. for the last six years by The American Lawyer. The firm’s diversity efforts include its National Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program, law school scholarships for diverse students, and supporting attorneys in leadership positions with diversity organizations. 

Joined LCLD 2014

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2019: Peter Corsale; 2018: Melissa S. Ho; 2017: Margaux A. Savee; 2016: Dan Cranshaw; 2015: Rodney L. Lewis

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2016: Joshua Harris, Isuri Lawson

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2017, 2016 

Annual Meeting (2018, 2017, 2016)


Member: W. Russell Welsh

Diversity Professionals: Dan Cranshaw, J. Danielle Carr

Communications: Carrie Trent