Mary McGinley announced that she is running for a seat on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. McGinley has more than 16 years of legal experience. She began working with the law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, LLP while in law school and is now a partner with that firm. Mary has a unique practice working on cases in the Pennsylvania trial courts’ Orphans’ Court Division, which protects susceptible populations and litigants. McGinley has handled cases in at least fifteen different counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“I’ve spent my legal career bringing resolution to very difficult disputes,” McGinley said. “I am running for the Court of Common Pleas because I know firsthand that we need judges who are balanced and have compassion. Today’s political climate challenges judicial independence, but I enthusiastically embrace the role of a judge, which is to apply the rule of law equally to everyone.”
McGinley has received numerous awards and recognitions for her legal career. Among them is her selection to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List for the years 2015-2019, a designation of top-rated practicing attorneys selected through extensive evaluation. In 2013, she was named Woman of the Year by the Duquesne University School of Law’s Women’s Law Association. In 2011, her peers in the legal community honored her with the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award”, which recognizes outstanding leadership and distinguished service to the legal profession.
In addition to her legal experience, McGinley has demonstrated her commitment to others. For over ten years, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign, an effort that coordinates resources and volunteers for hunger agencies throughout Allegheny County. In 2012, Mary received a Jefferson Award for her efforts on behalf of Attorneys Against Hunger. The Award is a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public volunteerism in America.
Through pro bono legal service, Mary regularly advises tenants on their rights in the eviction process. In 2017, Mary was appointed to a task force created to examine solutions for the resolution of landlord-tenant cases pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Through her work with the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, founded by Mary’s late Aunt Rita, Mary helps to coordinate support for local universities, hospitals, and organizations that combat homelessness and hunger.
McGinley and her husband, Patrick Earley, reside in Squirrel Hill with their two children, Kristina and Jack. McGinley previously ran for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 2017.