Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC
Attorneys at Law Licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan,
South Dakota, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Missouri

Mary E. Vandenack

Mary E. VandenackFounding and Managing Member

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A founding member of the firm, Mary offers extraordinary energy and focus in the inter-related areas of tax, business, real estate, health care, estate planning, business succession planning and asset protection planning. Mary excels in dealing with the issues of closely held businesses — companies operated primarily by their owners. Mary also excels at integrating technology with the practice of law. Under Mary's guidance, the firm has been innovative in evolving client service with technology. The systems developed have streamlined the legal process for her clients and for the firm,lawyers-of-distinction and Mary's efforts in this regard have played a significant role in her recruitment for the American Bar Association's Law Practice Section Senior Editorial Board. Mary uses her vast knowledge of law and technology to provide clients with top-quality customer service and representation. Mary's personal life is as fulfilling as her professional practice, as illustrated in a September 2014 interview with the Omaha Daily Record.

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Health care

In the health care arena, Mary regularly represents health care providers including physicians, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physician organizations, health care facilities, group health plans, ambulatory surgery centers, billing companies, pharmaceutical companies, and specialty health care providers. Mary also works with pharmacies, pharmaceutical distributors and various types of organizations and professionals supporting the health care industry. Mary has a particular expertise in coordinating the business needs of health care clients with their personal estate and asset protection plans. For more information, visit the firm’s Health Care page.

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Business law

In the general business arena, Mary has significant experience working with real estate developers, real estate investors, real estate management companies, contractors, and companies in the telecommunications, information technology, construction, engineering, agribusiness, financial, and manufacturing industries.

Mary's skill and knowledge related to the issues of closely held businesses and their owners has provided her a niche in assisting such clients with a wide variety of issues including transactions, employee benefits, expansions into or transactions in national or international markets, mergers and acquisitions, and state, federal, local, and international tax and business issues. Mary is often asked to serve in the role of general counsel to her clients and easily transitions from focusing on complex business issues to helping her clients address the impact of their businesses on their individual planning needs. For more information, visit the firm’s Business Planning page.

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Tax law

Mary's business and accounting background lends itself to high end tax work. Mary helps structure business entities, transactions, real estate investments, and specialized health care entities. Mary has significant experience and success in resolving tax disputes. She also works with businesses and individuals to address state and local tax issues as well as international tax issues. For businesses, Mary supports the design of tax efficient benefit plans and executive compensation. Mary also has significant experience in designing tax exempt entities, including family foundations and public charities. For more information, visit the firm’s Tax Law page.

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Estate planning and business succession

Mary has long been known for her skills in the estate planning and business succession planning areas. Mary works regularly with complex planning issues. Mary has drafted trusts including typical marital trusts, dynasty trusts, generation-skipping trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, asset protection trusts, conduit trusts, and charitable trusts. Mary has been involved in the formation of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies often used in estate planning. Asset protection planning and premarital planning have become significant areas of importance in estate planning. Mary is regularly engaged for her expertise in the design of asset protection planning strategies. For more information, visit the firm’s Estate Planning and Business Succession page.

Asset protection planning

Asset protection planning has become a significant area of importance in estate planning. Mary is regularly engaged for her expertise in the design of asset protection planning strategies including asset protection trusts and various types of entities utilized for protection from potential liability. For more information, visit the firm’s Asset Protection page.

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More about Mary Vandenack

Mary graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1992, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Creighton Law Review, won a Domestic Moot Court competition as Best Oral Advocate, and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. Mary received her Bachelors Degree in Business and Accounting, summa cum laude, from the College of Saint Mary.

Mary regularly speaks and writes in her practice areas. Mary serves on the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Magazine as well as the Board for the ABA Women Rainmakers. She currently writes a column on estate planning and business succession issues for the Metro Magazine. Mary is active in promoting the use of technology in the practice of law and in improving the cost effectiveness and efficiency of legal services. In addition, Mary is a member of various task forces promoting changes in legislation and regulations governing tax, business and health care.

In her spare time, Mary shares her love for health and wellness by teaching yoga.

Practice areas


  • Nebraska, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1992
  • Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2016


  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, magna cum laude, 1992
    • Editor-in-Chief, Creighton Law Review
    • Best Oral Advocate, Domestic Moot Court
  • B.A., College of St. Mary, summa cum laude, Business and Accounting, 1990

Professional associations, memberships, and activities

  • Creighton University School of Law Advisory Board, May 2017
  • American Bar Association
    • Foundation Fellow, 2014
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

Community associations, activities, and honors:

Editorial roles

  • Law Practice Magazine - Features Editor, 2013-present
  • Law Practice Magazine – Assistant Features Editor, 2012-2013
  • Law Practice Magazine – Editorial Board, 2011-present
  • Nebraska Lawyer – Issue Editor, various times
  • Creighton Law Review - Editor in Chief, 1992

Speaking engagements, presentations, and instruction

  • Speaker- "Contract Based Wealth Transfers & Erosion of Testamentary Intent" Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Symposia, April 2017
  • Speaker - "When Law Firms Merge" ABA TECHSHOW March 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 - "Technology in Law Practice: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" Omaha Bar Assn Dec 2015
  • Speaker - Future of Legal Services, ABA Law Practice Spring Meeting June 2015
  • Speaker - 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, Omaha, Nebraska, 1993-1994

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