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ICON Awards 2021: Gerard T. Carmody, Carmody MacDonald P.C.

Comparing Jerry Carmody to a kid in a candy store might be a bit of a stretch. But when you count two older brothers and both of your Gerard T. Carmody children as colleagues, the workplace enthusiasm quotient is awfully high.

“I greatly enjoy what I do, and I enjoy the kids being here,” said Carmody, who cut his teeth as an assistant St. Louis circuit attorney (a job his son and daughter would also later hold) and then spent 24 years with Bryan Cave before joining his current firm in 2003.

The Carmody family’s legal roots extend to George Carmody, a former general counsel for a St. Louis railroad supply company in the 1960s and ‘70s. As for his own children, Carmody said that while son Patrick “was destined to be a lawyer from the time I can remember,” his daughter Ryann, a field hockey player as a Northwestern University undergraduate, “had no idea of becoming a lawyer.”

In Jerry Carmody’s case, his early hopes of becoming a doctor were dashed by a high school chemistry class – a decision that in retrospect seems like a good one for the Saint Louis University School of Law graduate, Class of 1975.

The prominent defense attorney’s practice focuses on commercial, real estate and employment litigation, with clients that have included Anheuser-Busch, Target, the National Football League, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Washington University, where he was an adjunct faculty member for 25 years, teaching trial practice classes.

For their successful defense of a Catholic priest accused of child sexual abuse, Jerry and Ryann Carmody received Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Legal Champions Award, an unquestionable career highlight for the paterfamilias. The elder Carmody was also named to the MLW Power List earlier this year.

“Jerry has been an integral member of the Missouri legal community for over 45 years,” said brother Don, himself a former ICON Award winner.  “He’s been recognized throughout his career for his integrity and leadership,” including a Missouri Supreme Court appointment to the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness for the state’s judicial system and serving as a founding member of the Missouri Coalition for Right to Counsel in 2017. That same year, he also received the Director’s Award for championing indigent defense in Missouri.

Outside the office and the courtroom, Carmody is an active volunteer and fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, efforts motivated by a sister’s fight against the disease and as a Chaminade College Preparatory School board member.

ICON Awards 2021