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Overview

When Mary Pat was very young, a foster child named Casey joined a family in her parish. Casey had been burned at the hands of her abusive parents. Then and there, Mary Pat decided that she wanted to be an advocate for the Caseys of the world.

Mary Pat’s formative childhood experiences led to a highly successful career as an assistant circuit attorney for the City of St. Louis. A skilled litigator who is supremely comfortable in the courtroom, Mary Pat has a proven ability to win cases. Her analytical, investigative and organizational skills drive results: She prosecuted 87 trials to verdict and achieved a 100 percent conviction rate in homicide cases. Mary Pat argued a variety of hearings on pretrial matters, dispositive motions and sentencing at all levels and gained deep experience with trial preparation, including coordinating with and preparing law enforcement and expert witnesses.

Now Mary Pat puts her experience to work for Husch Blackwell clients, representing organizations in cases arising from whistleblower or hotline reports, or government investigations.

A proven leader, Mary Pat previously supervised a team of trial attorneys and mentored entry-level attorneys on legal issues and trial practice. She led regular training sessions and served as a faculty member for both the National District Attorneys Association and the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services.


Industries

Service

Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer in Public Service, 2015
  • Circuit Attorney Trial Star 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Circuit Attorney Justice Award 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014
  • Circuit Attorney Most Valuable Player, 2012
  • United States Department of Justice, Community Coordination Honor, 2005

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law
  • B.A., DePaul University

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Women Lawyers Association
Outside the Office

Mary Pat and her husband have four children involved in activities ranging from soccer, T-ball, softball, gymnastics and basketball to Irish dancing and musical theater.

Although her family occupies most of her free time, Mary Pat does enjoy the rigorous cycling workout of spinning as a way to de-stress.

Community Leadership
  • Incarnate Word Academy, Development Board Member, 2016-present; 2015 Hall of Fame, Government
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel Board of Education, 2017-present
  • St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association, Executive Board, 2017-present
  • Youth & Family Services, President, Board of Directors, 2018
Fair and Safe Workplaces

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and drawing on her growing experience in compliance and investigations, Mary Pat is developing a team that will help organizations take a proactive approach to ensuring fair and safe workplaces. The team will guide organizations in spotting potential issues and correcting them before they disrupt the workplace and put employees at risk. The team will bring in Husch Blackwell’s Labor & Employment attorneys as necessary.

If problems are percolating beneath the surface, the team can help resolve them quickly and effectively. Those that receive a clean bill of health can use it to reinforce their progressive corporate reputations. For all clients, Mary Pat believes this work can protect them and their employees, while addressing a pressing societal issue.