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Mary E. Vandenack

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Closely Held Business Attorney in Omaha, NE

Vandenack Weaver LLC
17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3
Omaha, NE 68118
Phone: 402-504-1300
Fax: 402-504-1935
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Nebraska Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Closely Held Business (50%), Business/Corporate (10%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%), Health Care (10%), Real Estate: Consumer (10%), Tax: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Mary E. Vandenack is a founding and managing member of Vandenack Weaver LLC law firm in Omaha, Nebraska. A nationally ranked and highly accomplished attorney, Ms. Vandenack provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Douglas and Sarpy counties and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Asset protection planning
  • Real estate fund design
  • Holding company structures
  • Aircraft ownership
  • Business law
  • Real estate law
  • Taxation
  • Health care law
  • Estate and business succession planning
  • Employment law and benefits
  • Nonprofit law

Regarded as one of the top attorneys in the country, Ms. Vandenack has earned a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. A pioneer in e-lawyering, she also received the James I. Keane Award from the American Bar Association in 2015 for her exceptional contributions to the field. She has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers, including a Lawyers of Executive Distinction rating in Taxation and Trusts & Estates.

Moreover, she has received the 10 Best in Nebraska for Client Satisfaction in Estate Planning from the American Institute of Legal Counsel as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients. She has also been featured in Fortune Magazine, the Omaha Daily Record and metroMagazine as well as other publications.

A leader in her legal community, Ms. Vandenack has served in a number of leadership roles with the American Bar Association, serving as vice chair and co-chair to several of the organization's committees and councils. She is also a Foundation Fellow with the Nebraska State Bar Association, and she has served on many of the association's committees and sections. She is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association's Medical/Legal and Domestic Violence Committees.

Moreover, Ms. Vandenack has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics. She has also served as editor of Law Practice Magazine and the Nebraska Lawyers.

A 1990 summa cum laude graduate of the College of St. Mary, Ms. Vandenack obtained her Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1992, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Creighton Law Review. She also won Best Oral Advocate at the Domestic Moot Court competition. She holds her admission to practice in Nebraska and Michigan as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits, and the U.S. Tax Court.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Closely Held Business
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Health Care
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
  • 10%Tax: Business

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

About Mary E. Vandenack

First Admitted: 1992, Nebraska

Professional Webpage: https://www.vwattys.com/attorneys/mary-e-vandenack/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Nebraska Cancer Coalition, 2010–2016
  • Best Dressed, Strictly Business Magazine, 2008, Member, Creighton University Mentoring Program, Wellbound Fitness Advisory Board, 2004-2006, New Cassel Retirement Center Finance Committee, 2002-2004, Saint Stephen the Martyr, Development Campaign Leader, 2002, Finance Board, 1994-2004, American Council on Exercise, 2000-present, Yoga Alliance, 2008-present, Jaybackers, 1993-present, Millard Business Association, 2005-present, Omaha Women’s Fund, Former Member Rotary International, Suburban Chapter, The Touchdown Club, 1992-present, TABS Board Member, 2012-present
  • Armbrust YMCA, Board of Directors, 2008–2012, Chair, Strong Kids Campaign, 2008
  • Hope Lodge Mission Advancement Council, 2011–2015
  • Creighton University School of Law Advisory Board, May 2017
  • SAC Federal Credit Union Budget Committee, Board of Directors, March 2017 – Present
  • Boys Town Advisory Board, March 2017 – Present
  • Omaha Chamber of Commerce, BOSS Group, 2010-present, Health Care Council
  • Omaha Network, 2011-present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Heart Association, Circle of Red, Executive Committee, 2011-present, Executive Committee, Go Red For Women, 2012-2014
  • Omaha Estate Planning Council, American Health Lawyers Association, Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers, Medical Group Management Association, Chair, Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, 2002, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2016
  • Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1992
  • Nebraska, 1992
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Foundation Fellow, 2015, Member of Sections on Real Estate, Trust and Probate Law, and Business Law, Lawyers’ Assistance Implementation Committee, Publications Committee, Chaired Women and the Law Section, Previous Officer of Business Law Section
  • Omaha Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee, 2004-2005, Domestic Violence Committee, 2003-2005 
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Inducted into College of Law Practice Management, 2017
  • American Bar Association, Trust and Estate Division Assistant Secretary, Council, 2019, Group Co-Chair, Joint Law Practice Management Group, 2019, Liaison, Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (SCOTIS) June 2018-present, Foundation Fellow, 2014-present, Co-Chair Real Property Trusts & Estates Section – Futures Task Force, 2016-present, Co-Chair Real Property Trusts & Estates Section – Technology & Economics of Practice, 2016-present, Vice Chair Real Property Trusts & Estates Section – Small Firms Committee, 2015-present, ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, September 2014-September 2016, Vice Chair, Law Practice Division Resolutions Committee, 2014-2015, Vice Chair, Law Practice Division Futures Initiative, 2014-2015, Law Practice Division Executive Council, 2014-present, Law Practice Division Evolving Business Models Task Force, 2014-2015, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, 2013-2016, Senior Editorial Board, Law Practice Magazine, September 2012-present, Vice Chair, Law Practice Magazine Board, September 2013-August 2014, Board of Directors, ABA Law Practice Management Section Women Rainmakers, 2011-2012, Member of Sections on Taxation, Business Law, International Law and Law Practice Division

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Business and Accounting, summa cum laude, College of St. Mary, 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Creighton University School of Law, Editor-in-Chief, Creighton Law Review
  • “The Season of Gratitude,” November 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “The Center of the Circle,” October 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “My Life Is My Artwork,” September 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “The Tastes of Food,” August 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Walk It Off, “ July 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “The Food Meditation,” June 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “New Life,” May 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Yoga As the Antidote to Being Stuck,” April 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Food Rules for Spring,” March 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Love Is a Verb,” February 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Meta-Commitments,” January 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “A Holiday Gift to Consider for Yourself,” December 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Rethinking the Term ‘Treat’,” November 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Pilates: Change the Way You Move and Live,” October 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Top 10 Fall Vegetables,” September 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Joy in Daily Living: Connecting With Your Own Soul,” August 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Turning Resolutions Into Reality,” December 2008 metroMAGAZINE
  • Using Your Federal Estate Tax Exemption and Allowing Spousal Access (The SLAT), “Rediscovering Yoga (and Thoughts on Yoga for the Non-Yogi)” metroMAGAZINE, August/September 2020, “Gratitude Practice” metroMAGAZINE, June/July 2020, “Choose Well How You Spend Time and Who You Spend It With” – Mary E. Vandenack, metroMagazine February 2020, “The Power of Our Words: Kind and Encouraging Words can Change Lives” – Mary E. Vandenack, metroMagazine December 2019, “Make the First Appointment of the Day with Yourself” – Mary E. Vandenack , metroMAGAZINE October 2019, “50 Lessons for Women Lawyers – From Women Lawyers: Career and Life Lessons From 50 Successful Women Lawyers”, May 2019, “Building Resilience”, metroMAGAZINE, May 2019, “Modern Mindfulness vs Digital Detox“, metroMAGAZINE, February 2019, “Tips for Being a Peacemaker“, metroMAGAZINE, December 2018, “Facilitating Effective Communication as a Leader“, November/December 2018 issue of Law Practice Magazine, “Emotional Intelligence“, October 2018 metroMAGAZINE, “Practicing Gratitude”, August 2018 metroQUARTERLY, “Practicing Mindfulness to Enhance Leadership Skills,” Summer 2018 metroQUARTERLY, “Authentic Friendships” – Spring 2018 metroQUARTERLY, “Filling our Life with Healing Friends and Safe People,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2018 metroQUARTERLY, “Peaceful, Safe, Caring Relationships” Aug/Sept/Oct 2017 metroQUARTERLY, “A Good Time to Remember Kindness,”  May/Jun/Jul 2017 metroQUARTERLY, “Finding Ways to Inspire Others to Positive Action,”  Feb/Mar/Apr 2017 metroQUARTERLY, “Update:  Mindfulness Revisited,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2016/17 metroQUARTERLY, “Eating Clean: Healthier Options,” Aug/Sept/Oct 2016 metroQUARTERLY, “Mindful Eating: Summer Fresh,” May/Jun/Jul 2016 metroQUARTERLY, “Mindfulness: Tips for Beginning,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2016 metroQUARTERLY, “Mindfulness: Just the Beginning,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2015/16 metroQUARTERLY, “Women in Law,” September 15, 2015 Fortune Magazine, “Self Compassion: Embracing Our Humanity,” Aug/Sept/Oct 2015 metroQUARTERLY, “Health Thoughts to Keep Omaha Thriving,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2015 metroQUARTERLY, “Making a Difference for Those With Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2014/15 metroQUARTERLY, “Tips for Practicing Compassion,” Aug/Sept/Oct 2014 metroQUARTERLY, “You Know What They Say: If You Want Something Done, Ask a Busy Person,” Interview with Omaha Daily Record, Sept 5, 2014, “Tips for Being More Positive,” June 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Spring Cleanse for the Mind,” May 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Saying ‘Yes’ With Impact and ‘No’ More Frequently,” April 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Renew Your Vitality – Celebrating Spring,” March 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Practicing Loving Kindness,” February 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Making a Difference in 2014,” January 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “‘Tis the Season for Family, Friends, Kindness, Gratitude and Appreciation,” December 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Thriving Through the Holidays,” November 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “A Healthy Holiday Plan: Creating the Extraordinary,” October 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “A Candy Bar is Not a Treat…Being Healthy Is,” September 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Breaking the Sugar Habit,” August 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Developing the Whole-food Habit,” July 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “High Vibration Foods: Eating for Health,” June 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Spring Renewal,” May 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Support Systems Matter: Check in on Yours,” April 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Helping Others Help You,” March 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Creating More Love in Your Life,” February 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “2013: Renewal Resolutions,” January 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Tapas: Energy of Change,” October 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Santosha: Contentment,” September 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Saucha: How We Treat Ourselves,” August 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Aparigraha: Letting Go,” July 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Asteya: Balancing Energy,” June 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Satya: Truthfulness,” May 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Wellness Adventure: Create a Wellness Adventure in Your Life This Spring,” April 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Ahimsa: Non-violence,” March 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Living Single,” January/February 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Loving Kindness,” December 2010 metroMAGAZINE
  • “Mary Vandenack’s Notes from the NYU Advanced Trusts and Estates Conference” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Estate Planning Email Newsletter #2836, November 12, 2020, “Mary Vandenack on Lee v. Argent Trust Company” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Email Newsletter #747, September 2020, “Rethinking Disposition Provisions of Trusts:  Recent Trends and Approaches to Trust Design with an Asset Protection Focus” – Mary E. Vandenack, Creighton Law Review, August 31, 2020, “Estate Planning Issues in Divorce and Premarital Planning” metroMAGAZINE, co-author Michael Weaver, August/September 2020, “Congress Adds Flexibility for PPP Borrowers” metroMAGAZINE, co-author Michael Weaver, June/July 2020, Mary Vandenack’s Notes from the NYU Federal Real Estate and Partnership Tax Conference – LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #197 (July 3, 2020) at http://www.Leimbergservices.com, “How I am Changing My Practice, Client Meetings, Client Planning, and More to Address the Coronavirus” – Jonathan Blattmachr, Barron Henley, Thomas Tietz, Martin Shenkman, & Mary Vandenack – ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, “Managing the Remote Law Practice” – Mary E. Vandenack, Martin Shenkman, & Jonathan Blattmachr – NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning, May 2020, ‘The Slow Return to the New Normal and Different Approaches to Signing/Executing Estate Planning Documents” Mary E. Vandenack, Martin M. Shenkman, Jonathan Blattmachr, Andrew Wolfe, and Thomas A. Tietz, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2794 (May 11, 2020), “Business Continuity; Recovering From Covid-19” metroMAGAZINE, co-author Michael Weaver, April 2020, “What Has Covid-19 Taught Us About Resilience?” metroMAGAZINE, April 2020, “Managing the Remote Law Practice and Other Practical Administrative Considerations during Coronavirus” – Mary E. Vandenack, Martin Shenkman & Jonathan Blattmachr, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2789 (April 17, 2020), “Retirement Plan Provisions of the CARES Act” – Mary E. Vandenack, Retirement Daily (April 6, 2020), “Retirement Plan Provisions of the CARES Act” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Email Newsletter #728 (March 27, 2020), “Taking Your Estate Planning Practice Remote in Short Order” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Estate Planning Email Newsletter #2786 (March 25, 2020), “Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Provisions Expanding Requirements for Businesses to Provide Paid Emergency Leave” – Mary E. Vandenack & James S. Pieper, LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Email Newsletter #726 (March 23, 2020), “Foundational Estate Planning Priorities in the Face of Covid-19” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2784 (March 18, 2020), “When a Trademark Owner is Entitled to the Profits of a Competitor” – Mary E. Vandenack, metroMAGAZINE February 2020, “How Long Do You Have to Keep Old Wills” – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Newsletter #2778: New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1182 February 2020, “Planning to Sell a Closely Held Business” – Mary E. Vandenack, metroMAGAZINE, December 2019, “Planning: Life, Estate, Asset Protection, Business, Transition” – Mary E. Vandenack, metroMAGAZINE, October 2019, LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter #709 (September 12, 2019) – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #182 (July 18, 2019) Commentary on the 11th Annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum – Mary E. Vandenack, “Helping Lawyers Market Easily via Social Media” – Mary E. Vandenack, March/April 2019 Law Practice Magazine, LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Email Newsletter #707 (May 28, 2019) – Mary E. Vandenack, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2688 (December 6, 2018) – Mary E. Vandenack, “Sustainable Trusts and Estates and Real Property Practices“, Mary E. Vandenack, November/December 2018 Probate & Property, “Leaving Big Law to Forge a New Path“, Mary E. Vandenack, Jennifer D. Sawyer, and Beth A. Wood, November/December 2018 Probate & Property, “Facilitating Effective Communication as a Leader”, Law Practice Magazine, November/December 2018 Issue, LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #159 (October 29, 2018) – Mary E. Vandenack, Estate Planning Considerations Under Internal Revenue Code 199A – Mary E. Vandenack, October 2018 metroMAGAZINE, The Impact of Tax Reforms on Service Professionals – Mary E. Vandenack, metroQUARTERLY August 2018 issue, “The Sustainable Law Firm”, Law Practice Magazine July/August 2018 issue, Mary Vandenack was listed as a resource for The Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers & Legal Employers, released July, 2018, Mary Vandenack was featured in the American Bar Association’s Women of Legal Tech 2018.  The Legal Technology Resource Center’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology.  This article can be found at lawtechnologytoday.org, “SEC’s Proposed Rule Requiring a Customer Relationship Summary,” LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #696 (June 18, 2018).  Copyright 2018 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, The Impact of Tax Reform on Law Firms – Mary E. Vandenack, Law Practice Magazine, June 2018, “SEC’s Proposed Regulation Best Interest”, LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #695 (June 18, 2018), ” SEC’s proposed Interpretation of Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #694 (June 5, 2018), “The Status of the Fiduciary Rule,” Summer 2018 metroQuarterly, “Fifth Circuit’s Vacating the Fiduciary Rule,” LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter #690 (April 5, 2018), ““Matter of Scottrade, Inc., Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Massachusetts’ Effort to Enforce the Fiduciary Rule,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #689 (March 20, 2018), “Estate Plan Asset Coordination-Ensuring Your Testamentary Intention,” Spring 2018 metroQuarterly, “Mindful Leadership,” March/April 2018 Law Practice Magazine, “A Primer on Subpart F on the Internal Revenue Code: Taxation of U.S. Shareholders Owning Interests in Controlled Foreign Corporations,” Coauthored with Monte Schatz,  Jan/Feb 2018 The Nebraska Lawyer, Vol 21, “10 Ways the Tax Overhaul Could Hurt You,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Newsletter #120 (December 11, 2017), “Final Regulation on Mortality Tables,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Newsletter #684 (November 13, 2017), “Finding and Developing Effective Practice Group Leaders,” Nov/Dec 2017 Law Practice Magazine, “McGaugh v. Commissioner – Seventh Circuit Finds No Taxable IRA Distribution Where Taxpayer Wired Funds to Purchase Stock IRA Custodian Refused to Accept,”  LSI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #679 (August 7, 2017)  at https://www.leimbergservices.com/.  Copyright 2017 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “DNA Pro Ventures: IRS’s Disqualification of ESOP Upheld by Tax Court and 8th Circuit,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #676 (June 21, 2017), “Law Firm Growth: Key Considerations in Expansion,” May/June 2017 Law Practice Magazine Volume 43, “Trimmer v. Commissioner: Tax Court Allows Hardship Exception to 60-Day Rollover Requirement,” LSI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #675 (June 7, 2017)  at https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2017 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “Leading Through Change,” July/August 2017 Law Practice Magazine, “Saumer v. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.,” LISI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #674 (May 3, 2017), “Wu vs. United States: 7th Circuit Holds Section 408(d)(4) Applies Only to Withdrawal of Contributions Made in a Taxable Year and Withdrawn No Later than the Due Date of the Taxpayer’s Tax Return for that Taxable Year,” LSI Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning Newsletter #671 (March 21, 2017)  at https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2017 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “The Tools & Techniques of Trust Planning,” co-written with Stephan R. Leimberg, Jonathon Gopman, Michael Sneeringer, Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Anna Els, L. Paul Hood, Jr., Lester Law, Larry Rivkin, and Yoshimi O. Smith, “Asset Protection Trusts,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2017 metroQUARTERLY, “Making Technology a part of Firm Culture,” Mar/Apr 2017 Law Practice Magazine, “Ensuring Your Law Firm is on Course,” Nov/Dec 2016 Law Practice Magazine Volume 42, “Discounting Rules for Family Limited Partnerships Are Being Revised,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2016/17 metroQUARTERLY, “Assisting Clients with Gun Trusts” The Nebraska Lawyer, September/October 2016.  The article was first published in the LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2411 (May 3, 2016) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2016 Mary E. Vandenack and Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “IRS Issues Final Regulations with Respect to How the Minimum Present Value Rules Apply to Defined Benefit Plan Distributions” LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter #664 (September 27, 2016) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2016 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “Leading Innovation,” July/Aug 2016 Law Practice Magazine, “Notice 2016-39: Recovery of Investment in the Contract from Payments Received from a Qualified Benefit Plan during Phased Retirement,” LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter #658 (June 29, 2016) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2016 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI).  Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “Mary Vandenack and Nicholas Meier: Assisting Clients with Gun Trusts,” LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2411 (May 3, 2016) at http://www.LeimbergServices.com Copyright 2016 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI), WRNewswire 16.04.29: Case Alleging Negligence Against Insurer That Allowed Change of Beneficiary to Person with No Insurable Interest Is Allowed to Continue discussing the topic: Tax Court Decides Purported Section 419(e) Plan is Both Deferred Compensation and Split-Dollar, “Keeping Your Estate Planning Up To Date,” May/Jun/Jul 2016 metroQUARTERLY, “IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations Affecting Nondiscrimination Requirements for Qualified Plans,” LISI Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning Newsletter#657 (April 25, 2016)  https://www.LeimbergServices.com.  Copyright 2016 Mary E. Vandenack and Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission, “Leading Technological Change in Your Firm,” Mar/Apr 2016 Law Practice Magazine Volume 42 Number 2, “To Cloud or Not to Cloud?,” Mar/Apr 2016 Law Practice Magazine Volume 42 Number 2, “Directed Trusts for Special Situations,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2016 metroQUARTERLY, “The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services,” Jan/Feb 2016 Law Practice Magazine Volume 42 Number 1, “Charitable Giving Strategies to Benefit Charity and Get a Tax Deduction,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2015 metroQUARTERLY, “Caring for a Disabled Beneficiary: Third Party Special Needs Trust,” Nov/Dec/Jan 2014/15 metroQUARTERLY, “Mary Vandenack & Dan Wintz: Drafting Considerations for the Third-Party Spendthrift Trust after In re Castellano,” LISI Asset Protection Planning Newletter #259 (September 10, 2014) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com Copyright 2014 Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI). Reproduction in Any Form or Forwarding to Any Person Prohibited – Without Express Written Permission., “Estate Planning With IRAs: Inherited IRAs Are Not Protected From Creditors,” Aug/Sept/Oct 2014 metroQUARTERLY, “Mary E. Vandenack: Reconsidering the Design of Trusts Used as IRA and Qualified Account Beneficiaries Post-Clark,” LISI Asset Protection Planning Newsletter #252 (July 7, 2014) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com ©Mary E. Vandenack 2014. Reproduction in ANY Form or Forwarding to ANY Person – Without Express Permission – Prohibited, “Mary Vandenack & Assisting Clients in Avoiding Potential Creditors: What Actions Can an Attorney Take?” LISI Asset Protection Planning Newsletter #246 (June 9, 2014) at https://www.LeimbergServices.com Mary E. Vandenack 2014. Reproduction in ANY Form or Forwarding to ANY Person – Without Express Permission – Prohibited, “Hiring a Marketing Director for Small or Midsized Firms,” May/June 2014 Law Practice Magazine, Volume 40 Number 3, “Protecting Your Rights to Intellectual Property,” May 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” Coauthored with Joshua A. Diveley, March 2014, “Pros & Cons of Portability in Estate Planning,” March 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “Tax Planning for Real Estate Investors and Professionals Considering the Net Investment Income Tax and Additional Self Employment Tax,” January 2014 metroMAGAZINE, “2013 Year End Tax Planning,” November 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Preventing Theft and Fraud Within Your Law Firm,” September/October 2013 Law Practice Magazine, “Who Are Your Children & Descendants? Your Will in a Time of Unique Parental Situations,”September 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Venture Capital Investments in Legal Services,” July/August 2013 Law Practice Magazine, “Business Fraud and Theft Prevention,” July 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Gun Trusts for Gun Owners or Those Considering Purchasing a Gun,” May 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Estate Planning After ‘ATRA,'” March 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “New Medicare Tax Applies in 2013: Strategies for Minimizing the Cost,” January 2013 metroMAGAZINE, “Making the Decision To Make a Change,” January/February 2013 Law Practice Magazine, “Dawn of a New Business Model,” January/February 2013 Law Practice Magazine, “Building on Key Capital: Your Current Clients,” November/December 2012 Law Practice Magazine, “Asset Protection Planning Trusts,” January 2012 metroMAGAZINE, “Year End Tax Planning Tips,” November 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Estate Planning Under the Tax Relief Act of 2010,” March 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “The Mini Private Foundation,” January/February 2011 metroMAGAZINE, “Another New Tax Act: Small Business Jobs Act of 2010,” November 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Your Will if You Have No Will,” September 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Advance Directives Options in Nebraska,” July 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Health Care Reform and You,” May 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Insuring a Key Asset: Your Stream of Income,” March 2010 metroMAGAZINE, “Year-end Tax Thoughts: Estate Planning,” November 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Asset Protection,” September 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009,” May 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Estate Planning During Economic & Tax Uncertainty,” January 2009 metroMAGAZINE, “Estate Planning Basics,” November 2008 metroMAGAZINE, “The Family Foundation for Charitable Giving,” September 2008 metroMAGAZINE, “Planning for the Disabled Beneficiary: The Special Needs Estate Plan,” October 2008 metroMAGAZINE, “Employer-Provided Autos Can Benefit Employers,” 23 Taxation for Lawyers 137 (1994), “The Entertainment Facility Rules of Section 274 and Corporate-Owned Condominiums,” 9 Akron Law Review 1 (1992), Case note: “Holland v. Illinois, The Impartiality Requirement of the Sixth Amendment and Peremptory Challenges,” 25 Creighton Law Review 313 (1990)
  • Speaker/Presenter – October, 2020 – “Intersection of Estate Planning and Marital Planning” – Nebraska State Bar Association, Speaker/Presenter – September 30, 2020 – “8 Tech Traps and Tips Every Practitioner Must Know Now that You’ve Tackled Remote Working” – Shenkman Law, InterActive Legal, and Peak Trust Company Webinar, Speaker/Presenter – August 25, 2020 – “Best Practices for Preserving Client Intentions in Wealth Transfers” – WealthCounsel, Moderator – June 17, 2020 – “The New PPP Timeline and Other Issues for Reopening Businesses” Webinar for Vandenack Weaver, Moderator – May 15, 2020 – “Branding and Networking of Successful Women Attorneys: How did she do that?” – Webinar for 32nd Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, Presenter – May 14, 2020 — Interactive Legal and Peak Trust Company Webinar – Tech and Remote Work: More Practical and Actionable Tips You Can Take Now!, Presenter – April 27, 2020 – Interactive Legal and Peak Trust Company Webinar – Tech, Remote Work, and More: What Estate Planners Need to Know Now, Moderator – March 30, 2020 – WEBINAR – Navigating Business Response to COVID-19 Legislation, Moderator – March 24, 2020 – Avoiding Employment Litigation Webinar Series #4 – Harassment/#MeToo, Speaker/Presenter- February 26, 2020- “A Straightforward Approach to a Path in Legal Technology for Women”- ABA Women Rainmakers presenting Women of Legal Tech Summit 2020, Speaker/Presenter- February 21, 2020- “Rethinking Disposition of Trusts at Certain Ages: Approaches to Trust Design with an Asset Protection Focus” – Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium and Temporal Lecture, Moderator/Presenter – January 28, 2020 – Best of ABA TECHSHOW Webinar – Ready for Process Automation? Start by Developing Checklists and Maps, Moderator – October 17, 2019 – Avoiding Employment Litigation webinar series #1, Speaker – May 14, 2019 – “The Future of Estate Planning Practice” – Webinar for Purposeful Planning Institute, Speaker/Presenter – May 3, 2019 – “50 Lessons for Women Lawyers” – New York State Bar Association, Speaker/Presenter – April 16, 2019 – “Preserving Client Testamentary Intent” – Presentation at Omaha Estate Planning Council Breakfast Meeting, Speaker/Presenter – March 28, 2019 – “Avoiding Erosion of Testamentary Intent via Contractual Designation” – Presentation at the Society of Financial Service Professionals March 2019 Breakfast Meeting, Co-Presenter – March 7, 2019 – “Using Tech to Improve and Grow Your Estate Planning Practice – Part 2” – Webinar with Martin Shenkman, Speaker/Presenter – February 28, 2019 – “Process Automation Phase One: Developing Checklists and Maps” – ABA Techshow 2019 Presentation, Speaker/Presenter – February 28, 2019 – “Next Generation Technology for the Solo and Small Firm” – ABA Techshow 2019 Presentation, Speaker/Presenter – February 27, 2019 – “Designing the Law Firm of the Future: Diversity, Inclusion, Technology, and Innovation” – Women of Legal Tech Presentation, Presenter – January 29, 2019 – “Using Tech to Grow Your Estate Planning Practice” – Webinar, Speaker/Presenter – December 2018 – “Profitable Alternative Fees for the Process Oriented Lawyer” – OBA End of the Year CLE Presented by OBA Lawyer Referral Service, Speaker/Presenter – September 2018 – ABA Presentation “Future Proofing Your Law Firm,” Presenter/Panelist – September 13, 2018 – ABA Webinar: CE1809SFP Affordable Technology for Solo and Small Firm Productivity, Co-Speaker – July 10, 2018 – “Understanding What the 2017 Tax Reform Means to Your Firm” – Webinar for the Massachusetts Bar Association, Speaker- “Moving? Can I Take It with Me? Can I Use Something New? State Law Exemptions Under the Microscope”  – Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Symposia, May 2018, Moderator – May 2018 – “Essential Lawyering Skills for Today” – ABA RPTE COP Program, Speaker- “Understanding What the 2017 Tax Reform Means For You – 199A,” ABA Webinar April 2018, Speaker- “Mindful Leadership for Technology and Innovation” ABA TECHSHOW, March 2018, Speaker- “Alternative Fees for the Process-Oriented Firm” ABA TECHSHOW, March 2018, Speaker- “Affordable Technology for Small Firm Productivity” ABA TECHSHOW, March 2018, Speaker – “The Future of Legal Services” – Lawpact Futures Conference – November 2017, Speaker- “Contract Based Wealth Transfers & Erosion of Testamentary Intent” Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Symposia, April 2017, Speaker – “When Law Firms Merge”; “Panel Presentation: Future of Legal Services”; “Facilitator Trusts and Estates Community”; “Yoga for Technologists”; “Mindful Meditation” – ABA Techshow, March 2017, Speaker – “Alternative Fee Arrangements” for ABA RPTE Non-Tax Issues Committee Teleconference, February 2017, Speaker – “Analysis of the ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services” Podcast, Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog, October 2016, Speaker – “Small Firms/Big Markets” Omaha Legal Professionals Association, October 2016, Speaker – “Implementing Alternative Billing in Your Law Practice” Legal Talk Network, New Solo Podcast, October 2016, Speaker – “Small Firms/Big Markets” ISA and NSA Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2016, Speaker – “Alternative Fees: Making Them Profitable” ISA and NSA Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2016, Speaker – “Small Firms/Big Markets” ABA Techshow, March 2016, Speaker – “How to Compete with IBM Watson JD: Future-proof your practice by improving efficiency now – Part 1” ABA Law Practice, January 2016, Speaker – “Business Succession Planning – Omaha Network, January 2016, Speaker – “Technology in Law Practice: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Omaha Bar Association, December 2015, Speaker – “Estate Planning for Farmers” Hertz Management, November 2015, Speaker – Future of Legal Services, ABA Law Practice Spring Meeting, June 2015, Speaker – “How to Have a Full Plate in Life – without dropping anything off” College of Saint Mary Honor Student Program, January 2015, Speaker – “Legal Issues for Businesses,” Midlands National Management Association, May 2008, Speaker – “Medical Records Guide,” Medical Group Presentations, 2008, Speaker – “Charitable Giving Considerations,” Charitable Organization Presentations, 2005, Speaker – “Estate Planning Guide,” Medical Group Presentations, 2005, Speaker – “Retirement Plan Design Considerations,” Firm Seminar, 2004, Speaker – “Estate Planning for Farm Assets,” Hertz Farm Management, Fall 2003, Speaker – “HIPAA Basics,” Medical Group Presentations, 2003, Speaker – “Estate Planning Considerations,” Saint Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, Spring 2003, Speaker – “Estate Planning In Changing Times,” Archdiocese of Omaha, Fall 2002, Speaker – “Charitable Giving Strategies,” Wahoo Neumann Schools, Fall 2001, Instructor – “Legal Writing,” Creighton University School of Law, 1993-1994

Honors/Awards

  • Women Leaders in the Law, Corporate Counsel Magazine, March 2017
  • Best Oral Advocate, Domestic Moot Court, Creighton University School of Law
  • Best Dressed, Strictly Business Magazine, 2008
  • Featured in Fortune Magazine “Women in Law,” September 15, 2015, 2016, Fortune Magazine
  • James Keane Memorial Award March 2015 presented by American Bar Association Law Practice Division for innovation in technology in the practice of law
  • Nebraska Cancer Coalition Partnership Award, 2016
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • Very Inspirational People, metro MAGAZINE, Summer 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyers, National Law Journal, March 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2018 – Omaha Magazine, March/April 2018
  • College of Law Practice Management – Inducted, 2017
  • Lawyers of Executive Distinction – Trusts & Estates – Lawyers of Distinction, June 2017
  • Lawyers of Executive Distinction – Taxation – Lawyers of Distinction, June 2017
  • ABA LTRC Distinguished Women of Legal Tech, 2018
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers, 2020
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel’s 10 Best in Nebraska for Client Satisfaction, Estate Planning Division
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, 2020
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Office Location for Mary E. Vandenack

17007 Marcy Street
Suite 3
Omaha, NE 68118

Phone: 402-504-1300

Fax: 402-504-1935

Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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