Bridget Hoy took an indirect route to her law career. The native of Wisconsin joined the Air Force after high school, where she was named Outstanding Airman of the Year. Eventually, she attended Saint Louis University School of Law and developed a successful litigation career at Lewis Rice. In addition to her practice handling business disputes, Hoy is president of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
The simple ability to provide well for my family as a sole parent makes me pretty proud. Being able to do it at a 108-year-old law firm with a group of really amazing people makes it even better.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
I don’t know that I was inspired to get involved in the justice system but I have been inspired to continue in it for sure. My mom and dad are both very hard workers and so while growing up, I saw them take their obligations to their jobs very seriously without complaint. That inspired me to work hard too, which gave me the opportunity to get involved in the justice system and the opportunities I have in the legal profession today.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
The best advice I have received is to give up wasted worry. Life is going to get everyone some way or another at some point or many, but worrying about how or when will only make you miss out on what is good in your life now. I still worry, but I waste my energy on it a lot less than I used to.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I can’t whistle!
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I adored my second-grade teacher particularly, and wanted to be just like her, and to have students look up to me just like I looked up to her. She was pretty, kind, funny, loving, and sometimes firm. I figured if I could be half of those things to a group of second graders and give them a reason to enjoy school, life would be grand.