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Jennifer's Profile

Jennifer is a corporate lawyer who focuses her practice on business planning, estate & trust planning, general counsel services, and tax planning. Her clients include closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as high-net-worth individuals and families. Jennifer facilitates planning strategies with her clients by counseling them on risk management and asset protection, succession and exit planning, and wealth preservation. She also assists clients with business formations and choice of entity issues. Jennifer also has experience managing strategic business transactions for her clients, including mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer works closely with her clients to ensure that their estate and business plans mesh seamlessly and to help them realize their goals. Her exceptional skills have been recognized by Chambers and Partners and by Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Trusts & Estates.

Jennifer is a member of Maynard’s Board of Directors and is actively involved in the Firm’s Recruiting and Women’s Initiative committees. She serves as co-chair of The Forum of Alabama Businesswomen (“FAB”), an external program series led by Maynard’s Women’s Initiative. Jennifer holds an LL.M. in taxation from New York University and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law. She received her B.A. from Wake Forest University.

"Jennifer comes in with a lot of new thoughts, ideas, and energy to meetings. She brings a positive attitude as well as a wealth of knowledge."

“She is awesome.”

“She is very impressive…always on the ball.”

Jennifer's Accolades

  • Birmingham Business Journal 2022 Top 40 Under 40
  • Best Lawyers® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates and Tax Law (2020 - present), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (2023)
  • Chambers and Partners HNW Guide: The World's Leading High Net-Worth Advisors, Up and Coming in "Private Wealth Law" (2019-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Closely Held Businesses (2019)

Jennifer's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, former Young Lawyers' Section Executive Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Tax Forum
  • Estate Planning Council of Birmingham
  • The Forum of Alabama Businesswomen, Co-Chair
Civic Involvement
  • Softball/Baseball Board for Homewood
  • United Way's Professional Advisory Council
  • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Young Supporters Board - Vice President Advisory Board Relations, former Vice-President Strategic Planning
  • Leadership UAB (2013-2021)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Junior Board - Secretary (2011-2013)

Jennifer's Speaking Engagements

  • Business Succession Planning, Birmingham Bar Association Probate Section CLE (December 2, 2022)
  • Business Succession Planning 101, Alabama Trust & Wealth Management Symposium, Birmingham, Alabama (November 4-5, 2021)
  • Estate Planning for Business Owners, National Association of Home Builders, Birmingham, Alabama (September 29, 2016)
  • "Table of Experts: Insights into Succession Planning"Birmingham Business Journal panel discussion, Birmingham, Alabama (September 23, 2016)
  • Trust Basics and Taxation, Way, Ray, Shelton, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (September 22, 2016)
  • Cover Your Assets: Asset Protection Planning in 2016, AL Probate and Estate Planning Conference, Birmingham Marriott at Grandview Parkway (May 9-10, 2016)
  • Alabama Small Estates, Birmingham Probate Section Lunch and Learn (June 26, 2015)
  • GRATs, DINGs, and Things, Huntsville/Madison County Financial and Estate Planning Council (May 28, 2015)
  • Trust Taxation 101, Oakworth Trust Department, Birmingham (April 7, 2015)
  • Alabama Small Estates, Cumberland School of Law CLE, Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover (September 26, 2014)
  • Cover Your Assets: Asset Protection Planning in 2014, Embassy Suites, Hoover (November 21, 2014)
  • Business Succession Planning, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Forum of Female Business Owners, Daniel George, Birmingham (October 29, 2014)
  • Trust Taxation 101, Regions Bank Trust Department, Mobile, Alabama (June 4, 2014) (May 16, 2014)
  • Estate Planning Portability Presentation, Bankers’ Fall Trust Conference, Birmingham (September 26, 2013)


State Bar: Alabama

  • New York University School of Law
    • (2010, LL.M. in Taxation)

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (2009, J.D., magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor; Hugo Black Scholar; Recipient of Anna C. Curry Leadership Award; Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society; SBA Vice-President)

  • Wake Forest University
    • (2006, B.A.)

Monday, August 22, 2022

200 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Maynard is pleased to announce that 200 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 11 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 56 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who are recognized...

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Maynard Receives High Marks in the Area of Private Wealth Law by Chambers and Partners

Maynard is pleased to announce the Firm’s Estate, Trust & Business Planning Practice and four Shareholders are recognized in the 2022 edition of the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide: The World’s Leading Private Wealth Advisors. Cynthia Lamar-Hart, Danny Markstein, Jennifer Justice McEwen, and Kirby Sevier are recognized as leaders...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021


Maynard Shareholders Cynthia Lamar-Hart and Jennifer Justice McEwen presented “Business Succession Planning 101” during the Alabama Trust & Wealth Management Symposium which took place in Birmingham, Alabama on November 4-5, 2021. This annual conference is sponsored by the Trust Division of the Alabama Bankers Association to provide continuing education to...

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