Mary T. Meadows “Mary, if you don’t become an attorney you missed your calling.” These were the words of her high school Girl Scout leader after she had successfully advocated for younger troop members. While she had no intention of practicing law at the time, she was again asked to consider a career in law, this time by Kirk Roose.
After graduating from Oberlin College with a psychobiology major, Mr. Roose asked if she would be willing to join “the side of the angels” by helping him review the complicated medical and legal issues involved in Social Security disability cases. She joined the firm in 1985 as his law clerk and later attended evening classes at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law while working full-time for the firm. She even found time to be the research editor for the Law Review, and she graduated magna cum laude.
In 1993, she opened the Toledo office of the firm. Her journey since that time has included seminary, ministry, and adoption of a child, and she continued to write appellate briefs for Roose & Ressler and other attorneys. In 2012, she returned to Roose & Ressler as the managing attorney of the Toledo office where she represents claimants at all administrative and appellate levels. She lectures at bar associations and to other groups on appellate issues.
Outside of the office, she continues to raise her daughter who is currently obsessed with horses. She enjoys knitting wool socks and singing in choir.