Legacies are important to Patrick McMonigle.
“You know you aren’t going to last forever,” said the Washington, Missouri native. “You are just trying to do something to make things better than they were when you started.”
He’s clearly accomplished that at Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt. Starting out as a summer clerk for the firm in 1976, the 68-year-old UMKC graduate went on to become its president.
It has been an interesting career for someone who originally earned a teaching degree and worked in sales for a time before returning to school.
Since becoming a partner in 1981, McMonigle has played a part in helping build the firm’s reputation both locally and nationally in the trucking and transportation industry. As a one-time president of the Transportation Lawyers Association, which has honored him with its Distinguished Service Award, McMonigle has also been vice chair of the state bar’s Tort and Transportation Law Committee and he regularly authors and presents on topics relevant to the field and counsels companies in the industry.
He’s also brought his talents to bear in other areas of law from construction to real estate to insurance. In 2000, he represented a major developer in a commercial lending claim that resulted in one of the year’s 10 largest jury verdicts in the state. It is still believed to be the largest verdict in Saline County history, according to his nominator who calls him a premiere litigator and counselor who is “consistently motivated to obtain the best results for his clients through thorough and persistent focus” upon their success.
“Now celebrating 45 years at the firm that bears his name, Pat is still an active advisor and advocate for his clients, all while sharing his experience through mentorship at the firm,” writes his nominator. “I am personally grateful to work and learn beside him at our firm.”
McMonigle puts it simply — professionalism means due diligence and doing more than just looking for business.
“People come to us wanting a solution,” he said. “Sometimes, they want a specific result but more often than not, they want a solution. They want it handled professionally and honestly by somebody who cares and is results-oriented. I think that’s why we’ve been successful. We focus on that.”
He also focuses on the future. McMonigle believes that it is vital to make sure the next generation of attorneys who do what he does are well prepared for the task.
“Probably my greatest accomplishment is helping to bring other lawyers along with a philosophy that’s client-oriented and results-oriented,” he said.