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Mentor: William M. Corrigan Jr., 59

Scott Lauck//October 24, 2018//

Mentor: William M. Corrigan Jr., 59

Scott Lauck//October 24, 2018//

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william-corrigan-jrPractice Area: Litigation

Law School: University of Missouri

Bill Corrigan certainly has made himself known in Missouri legal circles in his more-than-30-year career: President of The Missouri Bar in 2003 and 2004. Delegate to the American Bar Association from 2006 to 2010. Republican candidate in 2010 for St. Louis County Executive.

But Corrigan’s most lasting impact might well be among the attorneys of Armstrong Teasdale whom he’s mentored. His guidance on both substantive legal issues and matters of client development has helped many lawyers hone their strengths and stand out among the crowd. He describes it as a way to give back.

“I’ve had the good fortune of receiving great mentorship from around 10 great lawyers in the three firms that I have worked for over the course of my career,” he said. “I’ve worked with and learned from great lawyers who’ve taught me about trying cases, and also the importance of getting involved in the bar.”

Corrigan stresses the value of referrals and nurturing business relationships, and in particular has supported and helped to elevate women through the firm’s Women’s Inclusion Network.

His advice for young lawyers: “Seek several mentors who will give you opportunities to gain great experience and take on responsibilities, as well as provide feedback and training. Make sure they care about and are invested in your development.”

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

It is hard to pick a favorite moment. There’s never been a day where I woke up and didn’t want to go to work. I have interesting clients and interesting matters, and each day is unpredictable. With that said, winning some very big jury trials on behalf of my clients has been incredibly rewarding.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

As a little boy, I enjoyed going to court with my dad, who was a judge, and watching the lawyers argue their motions. Watching trials was fascinating, and I believed that I could do this someday.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I really enjoy fly fishing.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Hiking in the national parks and skiing in Colorado.

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