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 Mary E. Vadenack
Houghton Vandeack Williams
17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3
Omaha, NE 68118-3121

Position: Member

TEL: 402-344-4000

FAX: 402-504-1935

Email: Click Here


Admitted: Nebraska

Law School: Creighton University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992

College: College of St. Mary, B.A., Business/Accounting, summa cum laude, 1990

Birth Date and Place: 

Practice Areas: Health Care; Business Law; Tax Law; Estate Planning; Business Succession Planning; Asset Protection Planning; Real Estate

Additional Information: 

Omaha Bar Association; Nebraska State Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; Trust and Probate Law; Business Law); Michigan Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Taxation; Business Law; International Law; Section on Law Practice Management).

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, 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 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 Bachelor’s 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.

Legal publications

-"Venture Capital Investments in Legal Services," July/August 2013 Law Practice Magazine

-"Business Fraud and Theft Prevention," July 2013 metro Magazine

-"Gun Trusts for Gun Owners or Those Considering Purchasing a Gun," May 2013 metro Magazine

-"Estate Planning After 'ATRA,'" March 2013 metro Magazine

-"New Medicare Tax Applies in 2013: Strategies for Minimizing the Cost," January 2013 metro Magazine

-“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 metro Magazine

-“Year End Tax Planning Tips,” November 2011 metro Magazine

-“Estate Planning Under the Tax Relief Act of 2010,” March 2011 metro Magazine

-“The Mini Private Foundation,” January/February 2011 metro Magazine

-“Another New Tax Act: Small Business Jobs Act of 2010,” November 2010 metro Magazine

-“Your Will if You Have No Will,” September 2010 metro Magazine

-“Advance Directives Options in Nebraska,” July 2010 metro Magazine

-“Health Care Reform and You,” May 2010 metro Magazine

-“Insuring a Key Asset: Your Stream of Income,” March 2010 metro Magazine

-“Planning for the Disabled Beneficiary: The Special Needs Estate Plan,” October 2008 metro Magazine

-“Year-end Tax Thoughts: Estate Planning,” November 2009 metro Magazine

-"Asset Protection," September 2009 metro Magazine

-“American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009,” May 2009 metro Magazine

-“Estate Planning During Economic & Tax Uncertainty,” January 2009 metro Magazine

-“Estate Planning Basics,” November 2008 metro Magazine

-“The Family Foundation for Charitable Giving,” September 2008 metro Magazine

-“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).

-Casenote: "Holland v. Illinois, The Impartiality Requirement of the Sixth Amendment and Peremptory Challenges," 25 Creighton Law Review 313 (1990).

Speaking engagements, presentations, and instruction

-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

Editorial roles

-Law Practice Magazine — Assistant Features Editor, 2012-present

-Law Practice Magazine — Editorial Board, 2011-present

-Nebraska Lawyer — Issue Editor, various times

-Creighton Law Review - Editor in Chief, 1992

Professional associations, memberships, and activities

-American Bar Association

-Commission on Youth at Risk, May 2013-present

-Senior Editorial Board, Law Practice Magazine, September 2012-present

-Board of Directors, ABA Law Practice Management Section Women Rainmakers, 2011-2012

-Member of Sections on Taxation, Business Law, International Law, Section on Law Practice Management, and Committee on Technology in the Profession

-Nebraska State Bar Association

-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

-Michigan Bar Association

-Omaha Bar Association

-Medical/Legal Committee, 2004-2005

-Domestic Violence Committee, 2003-2005

-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

-Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

-Omaha Chamber of Commerce

-BOSS Group, 2010-present

-Health Care Council

-Omaha Business Women's Network, 2011-present

Community associations, memberships, and activities

-Executive Committee, American Heart Association Go Red For Women, 2012-present

-American Heart Association Circle of Red, 2011—present

-Hope Lodge Mission Advancement Council, 2011—present

-Board of Directors, Nebraska Cancer Coalition, 2010—present

-Board of Directors, Armbrust YMCA, 2008—2012

-Chair, Armbrust YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, 2008

-Best Dressed, Strictly Business Magazine, 2008

-Wellbound Fitness Advisory Board, 2004-2006

-New Cassel Retirement Center Finance Committee, 2002-2004

-Saint Stephen the Martyr Development Campaign Leader, 2002

-Saint Stephen the Martyr Finance Board, 1994-2004

-American Business Women’s Association

-American Council on Exercise, 2000-present

-Yoga Alliance

-Jaybackers, 1993-present

-Millard Business Association, 2005-present

-Omaha Women’s Fund

-Former Member Rotary International, Suburban Chapter

-The Touchdown Club, 1992-present

Other publications

-"Breaking the Sugar Habit," August 2013 metro Magazine

-"Developing the Whole-food Habit," July 2013 metro Magazine

-"High Vibration Foods: Eating for Health," June 2013 metro Magazine

-"Spring Renewal," May 2013 metro Magazine

-"Support Systems Matter: Check in on Yours," April 2013 metro Magazine

-"Helping Others Help You," March 2013 metro Magazine

-"Creating More Love in Your Life," February 2013 metro Magazine

-"2013: Renewal Resolutions," January 2013 metro Magazine

-“Tapas: Energy of Change,” October 2011 metro Magazine

-“Santosha: Contentment,” September 2011 metro Magazine

-“Saucha: How We Treat Ourselves,” August 2011 metro Magazine

-“Aparigraha: Letting Go,” July 2011 metro Magazine

-“Asteya: Balancing Energy,” June 2011 metro Magazine

-“Satya: Truthfulness,” May 2011 metro Magazine

-“Wellness Adventure,” April 2011 metro Magazine

-“Ahimsa: Non-violence,” March 2011 metro Magazine

-“Living Single,” January/February 2011 metro Magazine

-“Loving Kindness,” December 2010 metro Magazine

-“The Season of Gratitude,” November 2010 metro Magazine

-“The Center of the Circle,” October 2010 metro Magazine

-“My Life Is My Artwork,” September 2010 metro Magazine

-“The Tastes of Food,” August 2010 metro Magazine

-“Walk It Off,” July 2010 metro Magazine

-“The Food Meditation,” June 2010 metro Magazine

-“New Life,” May 2010 metro Magazine

-“Yoga As the Antidote to Being Stuck,” April 2010 metro Magazine

-“Food Rules for Spring,” March 2010 metro Magazine

-“Love Is a Verb,” February 2010 metro Magazine

-“Meta-Commitments,” January 2010 metro Magazine

-“A Holiday Gift to Consider for Yourself,” December 2009 metro Magazine

-“Rethinking the Term ‘Treat’,” November 2009 metro Magazine

-“Pilates: Change the Way You Move and Live,” October 2009 metro Magazine

-“Top 10 Fall Vegetables,” September 2009 metro Magazine

-“Joy in Daily Living: Connecting With Your Own Soul,” August 2009 metro Maga Magazine

-“Turning Resolutions Into Reality,” December 2008 metro Magazine

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