Mary Bonacorsi started in trial litigation at a time when few women in St. Louis were part of the field. She now represents some of the largest
companies in St. Louis and nationwide in trials where the stakes are high. Her role in creating Thompson Coburn’s Total Commitment Women’s Initiative has allowed younger generations of female attorneys to reach their true potential.
What are your proudest career accomplishments? I would have to say my proudest career accomplishments are happy clients. I love to try cases and have happy clients at the end of the process. But the best part of the practice is understanding the client’s needs and expectations, helping them identify realistic goals for the lawsuit and meeting or exceeding those, whether through trial or settlement.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system? There were no lawyers in my family when I decided to go to law school and I didn’t really know a lot of lawyers. But my husband Lou wanted to go to law school — I was teaching math at the time — and we decided well, we could go to law school together. So, I guess I could say we inspired each other. Once we got to law school, our eyes were opened to the role of law in a civil society, to the responsibilities of lawyers to their clients, to the legal system and the community, and to the whole body of common law that is the foundation of our society. We were hooked.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I need very little excuse to cry at movies, over books, music or anything sentimental and my favorite hobby is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis! What an incredible group of people — no better investment than in the future of the youth of our region, I could go on.
What is the best advice you have ever been given or received?
Listen more than you talk. See the situation from a perspective other than your own. Don’t ask the witness a question you don’t know the answer to.