Polsinelli attorneys honored for ability to bring change, mentor others
Mary Clare Bonaccorsi and Jean Soh are being honored this month by Crain’s Custom Media as
two of “Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers.”
The list profiles Chicago’s notable women attorneys who have shown the ability to effect change in their area of practice, and have served as a role model or mentor to other women attorneys. The list will publish this month as part of a special custom content section within Crain’s Chicago Business.
“Women in leadership isn’t just a gender issue, it’s a culture issue, and Polsinelli has long prioritized the values of diversity and inclusion,” said Danielle Carr, the firm’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “From our recruiting efforts to the workplace culture across our 21 offices, we live these values every day. Mary Clare and Jean exemplify our firm’s support, development, and advancement of women to the highest levels of the firm.”
Bonaccorsi is a highly-accomplished litigator who focuses her practice on serving clients in the health care and life sciences industry. She chairs Polsinelli‘s national Health Care Litigation practice and serves as Managing Partner of the firm’s Chicago office, Polsinelli’s second largest office with more than 100 lawyers. Bonaccorsi is also a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity mentoring program and is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession, and to the welfare of their communities.
Bonaccorsi has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and mentors high school and law students on career path and networking opportunities. She is an active member of the greater Chicago community and has supported numerous charitable and educational initiatives. She has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.
Soh, a shareholder, focuses her practice on bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights, and related litigation in all manner of in-court and out-of-court proceedings. She has served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and as an intern for the United Nations International Criminal Tribune for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, which led her to represent asylum seekers under the auspices of the National Immigrant Justice Center.
Soh has also served on Polsinelli’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Recruiting and Hiring Strategic Committee. She is a recipient for the first Excellence in Mentorship Award presented by LegalTrek, a program sponsored by The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, for her commitment and excellence for mentoring aspiring attorneys.
Bonaccorsi and Soh are just two examples of women in leadership at Polsinelli. For the past three years, Polsinelli has been recognized
as a Gold Standard firm by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for incorporating women into the highest levels of firm leadership. Just 44 law firms nationwide earned this distinction last year.
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and #10 for best client relationships2
among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli is also named among the top 30 best-known firms in the nation3
for the second-consecutive year. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. www.polsinelli.com
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