Meet Jessica Maynard, Director of Marketing and Business Development at McGill Law, P.C., L.L.O. (McGillLawyers.com)
Tell us a little about your business. – I began working for McGill Law in Omaha five years ago as a Legal Assistant and Bookkeeper. At the time, there were two attorneys, and with myself included, two assistants. As the years went on and the firm grew, the need for marketing and development became very important. Two years ago, my role and title changed to what it is now. I maintain the website, create social media messaging and designs, facilitate all advertising, branding, volunteering and development opportunities for the firm. We now have offices in three cities – Omaha, Lincoln and Bellevue, six attorneys and an administration and support staff of seven. It’s been an honor and joy to be a member of and witness to the growth of a compassionate family law firm that truly cares for its employees, clients and the communities we serve.
How did you get started in the business? – I have worked in many different fields and jobs over the years. I have managed a recording studio, became licensed in and taught Montessori, co-owned a local art and gift boutique and various before and in between positions. Throughout, I have always been inspired by learning, humanity, knowledge, art and creativity. These values and strengths have naturally propelled me into my current role of marketing and creating content that gives voice to the amazing work that McGill Law and our attorneys do for individuals and families going through what can be the most difficult times in their lives. My best work emulates what we believe and value at McGill Law. Our firm and attorneys are approachable, compassionate and zealous advocates for women, families, children and the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is welcome, valued and honored.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have a small but mighty family – two beautiful daughters, two dogs and two frogs!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I have a hard time sleeping in late, but I do enjoy staying in bed on weekend mornings and listening to the radio or reading and snuggling with my dogs. If it is warm enough, I will walk at least one dog. I really enjoy walking and listening to music. Days off are ideally travel days, but most are spent with friends if we can find the time or with my daughters – we enjoy thrift store shopping, going to movies, puzzles and cooking.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” – attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. Being resilient and strong when facing difficult times or people is very hard and often not done alone. Being proactive and empowering oneself when in the dark takes tremendous courage. I always try to remind myself that I am not alone, I can walk away and that there is always hope.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – I think it would be teleportation. I really love to travel but have a fear of flying and going by boat or train sounds very romantic, but I can’t take off THAT much time off of work!
What local nonprofit organizations are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – As a human, mother and woman, I am passionate about supporting Planned Parenthood, Women’s Equality, Human Rights, LGBTQ+ Rights, Climate Justice and Peace.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – McGillLawyers.com