Serving the Pittsburgh region is a McGinley family tradition. Throughout her life and career, Mary McGinley has remained deeply committed to the three family callings of community service, legal excellence, and business leadership.
Mary grew up in Mt. Lebanon with her two older siblings. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in 1999 and graduated from Duquesne University’s School of Law in 2002 where she was a member of the school’s Law Review. She also spent time studying at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.
Mary has practiced law for nearly 15 years at the law firm of Meyer, Unkovic and Scott, LLP, where she is a partner and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She represents clients – from small businesses to the Region’s largest companies – in contractual and other commercial disputes. Mary also represents families and individuals in estate litigation matters. Her practice has taken her to numerous counties within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to federal court and before administrative agencies. She is most noted for her practical approach to legal matters and for that reason, numerous companies seek her regular counsel. Mary also serves as legal advisor to numerous corporate Boards.
Mary’s ability and commitment were recognized early in her career when in 2009, The Legal Intelligencer, named her one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Lawyers on the Fast Track’, an honor recognizing lawyers under the age of 40 who have contributed significantly to the practice of law.
While making her own path, Mary has a deep legal history from which to draw. Her father, John ‘Jack’ R. McGinley, Jr., has been an attorney for nearly 40 years. Her uncle, Judge Bernard L. McGinley, served on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. In 2014, Judge McGinley struck down the Voter ID law that could have prevented half a million people from exercising their Constitutional right to vote. Mary’s great uncle, Austin L. Staley, was also known for his brilliant legal mind and was nominated by President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served for nearly 30 years.
Mary is active in the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and previously served on the organization’s Judiciary Committee which is tasked with evaluating and giving a rating to all candidates who desire to run for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and other Courts. For over ten years, Mary has chaired the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign through which she connects resources and volunteers to numerous hunger agencies throughout Allegheny County. The Campaign has raised more than $1.5 million since the program’s inception, all of which goes directly toward fighting hunger in Allegheny County. In 2011, Mary was recognized by her peers when she received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, presented by ACBA for outstanding leadership and distinguished service to the legal profession.
Mary’s leadership transcends the legal community and impacts the community at large. Mary is the first, and only, woman to have been elected to the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc. where she continues to serve. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carlow University, which is distinctly committed to educating first generation college students. In 2012, Mary was an Athena Young Professional Award finalist, a program that recognizes an emerging female leader in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is also a Jefferson Award recipient, which is a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public volunteerism in America.
Mary credits her parents and extended family for her commitment to serve others. Mary’s mother volunteers her time and resources to numerous charitable causes including St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon and Our Ladies of Charity. Mary’s father continues a line of philanthropy. His parents and his Aunt Rita, through the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, which she founded, endowed numerous scholarships at local Universities and funded capital improvements and programs at local schools, Universities, and hospitals. The Foundation and generations of the McGinley Family have also supported organizations that combat homelessness and hunger. Mary’s father is likewise committed to helping others achieve educational milestones through the creation of scholarships and other opportunities. Among those to benefit is Duquesne University School of Law’s McGinley Public Service Law Fellowship program which stimulates students to pursue callings in public interest law.
Mary and her family recognize that their ability to serve and help others is largely because of the success of business relationships started by prior generations which continue today. The McGinley Family has owned a minority stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers since the 1940’s. In the 1950’s, Mary’s grandfather founded Wilson-McGinley, Inc., a small business that is a wholesale distributor of beer and malt beverages. In operation for nearly 70 years, now located in Lawrenceville, the business regularly donates product for community and non-profit fundraising events.
Mary’s proudest achievement is her own family. Mary resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Patrick Earley, and their children, Kristina and Jack, who joined the family when they were adopted from Russia and China, respectively. The family also has a dog named Daisy.