Jennifer Justice McEwen Elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


Maynard Nexsen is proud to announce that Shareholder Jennifer Justice McEwen has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). McEwen, a member of Maynard Nexsen’s Estate, Trust & Business Planning Practice and serving on the Firm’s Board of Directors, is one of only 25 Fellows elected during the ACTEC Annual Meeting in March and the only new Fellow from Alabama.

“It is a tremendous honor to be elected to ACTEC. I am truly grateful to be a part of the organization and to join my colleagues and mentors who are also Fellows, Kirby Sevier, Cynthia Lamar-Hart, Fred Kingsmore, Vince Schilleci, and our beloved Danny Markstein (1941-2023) who served as President of ACTEC,” said McEwen.

The ACTEC Board of Regents convened during the annual meeting to consider nominations for new Fellows, and 22 were selected from across the United States, one from Australia, and one from Mexico. One Honorary Fellow was also selected.  Fellows are elected based on their outstanding reputations, exceptional skills, and substantial contributions to the field. The Annual Meeting in March marked the 75th anniversary of ACTEC.

“Jennifer’s election as an ACTEC Fellow is a testament not only to her trust, estate and business planning acumen, but also a recognition of her first-in-class client-relations skills. Jennifer’s joining Kirby, Cynthia, Freddie and Vince as ACTEC Fellows speaks volumes to Maynard Nexsen’s prominence in the field,” said Managing Shareholder Jeff Grantham.

McEwen is in her thirteenth year of practice focused on estate and trust planning, business planning and outside general counsel services, and tax planning. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and a LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In addition to her election as a Fellow of ACTEC, McEwen is recognized by Chambers and Partners in its HNW Guide as a leader in the area of Private Wealth Law, by The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Trust & Estates, Tax Law, Closely Held Businesses and Family Business Law. She is active in the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham’s Junior Board, Maynard Nexsen’s Women’s Initiative, and numerous charitable organizations.

Read more about the ACTEC’s new 2024 Fellows

About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 trust and estate lawyers and law professors from the United States and around the world. ACTEC’s Fellows are at the top of their profession and committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in the trust and estate legal field. The skills of the Fellows encompass estate planning, preparation of wills and trusts, trust and tax laws, probate procedures, protective intervention and guardianship administration, charitable planning, employee benefit planning, asset protection, and fiduciary litigation. The College is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware.

About Maynard Nexsen

Maynard Nexsen is a full-service law firm with more than 550 attorneys in 24 offices from coast to coast across the United States. Maynard Nexsen formed in 2023 when two successful, client-centered firms combined to form a powerful national team. Maynard Nexsen’s list of clients spans a wide range of industry sectors and includes both public and private companies. 

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