Jennifer's Profile

Jennifer is a Corporate lawyer and 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 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 their estate and business plans mesh seamlessly and help them reach their goals. Her skills have earned her recognition by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts & Estates.

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 has a B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Jennifer's Awards

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

Jennifer's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, former Young Lawyers' Section Executive Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Tax Forum
  • Estate Planning Council of Birmingham
Civic Involvement
  • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Young Supporters Board - Vice President Advisory Board Relations, former Vice-President Strategic Planning
  • Leadership UAB (2013)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Junior Board - Secretary (2011-2013)

Jennifer's Speaking Engagements

  • 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)

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • 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.)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Alabama Department of Revenue Provides Guidance on NEW Annual Online Renewal of Sales and Other Tax Licenses

On October 28, 2020 the Alabama Department of Revenue (ALDOR) released guidance to taxpayers regarding new requirements for the renewal of sales tax and other tax licenses. These requirements change long-standing practices in Alabama that did not require the annual renewal of such licenses. As of November 1, 2020 sales...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Jessica Everest, Cynthia Lamar-Hart and Jennifer McEwen Share Insights on the Secure Act

Shareholders Jessica Everest, Cynthia Lamar-Hart and Jennifer McEwen represented Maynard Cooper on the Birmingham Business Journal’s Table of Experts regarding the SECURE Act. This edition of the Table of Experts series was released in the February 28th issue of the Journal. The SECURE Act, which passed in December 2019, enacted...

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