Rooney McBride & Smith does not just aim for excellence. Instead, the firm is committed to “practicing excellence.” In 2011, Springfield native Heather Rooney McBride founded her practice in a manner that would provide the same quality as a large firm, which is one of the environments that she worked in for several years. Rooney McBride also incorporated the sense of service-oriented and personalized connection that distinguishes both small firms and her hometown.
As a civil practice firm, the experienced team of attorneys handles cases that actively improve the lives of Springfield citizens. Whether these cases involve business matters, litigation, estate planning, real estate or family law, clients can expect to be significantly involved. Each attorney regularly communicates with their clients as well, which helps ensure that they feel respected and valued.
“Practicing excellence” starts with outstanding professional development, which naturally leads to promoting the well-being of the community. Instead of solely building up law practices, attorneys are able to nurture their interests, develop their clientele and receive continued education. These attorneys, all of whom are either Springfield natives or long-term residents, give back to the city by serving on at least one local nonprofit board and contributing pro bono legal service hours each year.
When it comes to promoting female empowerment, Rooney McBride is a true advocate in every sense of the word. “I have always made it a priority to foster relationships with female professionals and to mentor young women who aspire to be leaders,” she says. “Contributing to their success makes our business community better and more attractive to outside talent.”
Rooney McBride takes pride in serving as the managing member of the firm, and in handling complex litigation matters, which is a unique pedigree for southwest Missouri. Not only does Rooney McBride believe that the legal culture of 417-land is “changing for the better,” but she wants her example to show women that “hard work breeds success, irrespective of gender.”
2021 marks Rooney McBride & Smith’s tenth anniversary, and their mission remains the same. In Rooney McBride’s words, ”We work under time constraints and with client budgets to make sure that everything that leaves this office is as perfect as it can be.”