Great People To Have On Your Side
“Build a strong network of safe long-term friends who support you, cheer sincerely for your successes, and are there to care for you when you fall down now and then.”
In 2005, Mary Vandenack founded Vandenack Weaver, LLC (formerly Vandenack Williams LLC), creating a
top-drawer tax, trusts and estates, and business boutique to cater to closely held companies and their owners.
It’s hard to believe that Vandenack’s first career, before entering the legal profession in 1992, was training thoroughbred racehorses. “My whole family consisted of lawyers and I wanted to do something different. I took a career inventory with a skilled coach who told me I was a perfect fit to be a lawyer, a teacher, or a writer,” she said. “Choosing law gave me the opportunity to do all three.”
Vandenack was recently appointed as a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Council. She’s served as editor-in-chief of Law Practice Magazine and is currently secretary of the ABA Law Practice Division, and is a commentator for Leimberg Services, a prestigious law publication. With a CAP® (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy) designation, Vandenack said she enjoys working on philanthropic projects and helping families cultivate philanthropic values.
Her other past and present honors include being named to the America Bar Association (ABA) Women of Legal Tech, receiving the James Keane Award for E-lawyering; serving in several positions in the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section; serving on the Nebraska State Bar Association Legislative Committee; and serving on the Creighton University Law Advisory Board and the Boys Town Fundraising Board. She received a presidential appointment to the ABA Youth At Risk Commission, was also appointed to the Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and serves on the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems.
“I believe my success is attributable to the core values that we have identified for our business. Instead of thinking about what we can sell, we think about how we can help people. If you really care about people and find ways to help them, services sell themselves,” Vandenack said. “Additionally, you find employees who love their jobs because they get to spend their days doing something of value in helping people. I admittedly have a strong work ethic. I sometimes laugh at suggestions of taking more time off because I love what I do. Helping clients inspires and energizes me. My clients are such amazing people who have done such incredible things that every conversation is like receiving a special gift.”
Vandenack strives to stay on the leading edge for her clients.
“I have long wanted to provide concierge-level services for clients that go beyond just legal services,” she explained. “We are working to adopt the latest innovations and technology available to take our service level to a concierge level and to offer related services via a comprehensive network of providers on a national basis.