Columbia attorney Michael Polk receives 2020 Solo and Small Firm Award

PolkCOLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 6, 2021)—The South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section named Columbia attorney Michael “Mike” Polk as the recipient of its 2020 Solo and Small Firm Section Award in recognition of his service to the community and outstanding leadership.

Polk, an attorney at Belser & Belser, PA, focuses on probate administration and litigation, estate planning and civil litigation.

Active in both the South Carolina Bar and Richland County Bar Association, Polk is well known within the legal community for being resourceful, thoughtful and intentional in helping his fellow attorneys, particularly in the Solo and Small Firm Section. He’s quick to respond and makes the time to go the extra mile.

“Mike Polk is a fine lawyer and person who has made extraordinary contributions in service over the past decades to the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar and the Richland County Probate Court,” said Katherine Gettys, president of the Lexington County Bar Association and Polk’s nominator. “He proactively mentors other solo or small firm attorneys and is quite often the first attorney on our listserv to email an educated, helpful response to the group.”

At the Richland County Bar Association, Polk has served as secretary/treasurer and co-editor of the Richbar News newsletter and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He’s also served as the Richland County Probate Court liaison and worked for several years on the Probate Code Revision Committee and the Power of Attorney Subcommittee.

Polk currently serves as chair of the South Carolina Bar Technology Committee, where he is able to exercise his passion in advocating for lawyers to embrace technology. He is an SC Lawyer magazine author, former member of SC Bar Elder Law Committee, and former co-chair of the Elder Law Month Task Force and CLE subcommittee. In addition, Polk contributed to the SC Bar Senior Citizens’ Handbook.

“It was an unexpected honor just to be nominated for this award,” said Polk. “I attended Virginia Tech as an undergraduate. The Virginia Tech motto is ut prosim, which means ‘that I may serve.’ I would like to accept this award on behalf of any solo or small firm attorney who took the time to serve their fellow attorneys, the public and the legal system as a whole, particularly in 2020, when the need was so great.”

The annual South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section Award honors altruistic actions by a solo practitioner, small law firm or single lawyer in a small law firm as demonstrated by recent service or outstanding leadership to the public or fellow lawyers.

The South Carolina Bar is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all South Carolinians. It serves more than 17,000 lawyer members and provides resources to educators and citizens of the Palmetto State. Learn more at


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