For the past four-consecutive years, McGill Law, PC, LLO has been voted the “Best of the Big O” in the category of Best Divorce & Personal Injury Attorney. How does Jodie McGill, the firm’s founder and sole lawyer, do it?
“We’re a boutique firm, so we are small enough that the clients deal either directly with me or with my paralegal, legal assistant, and office manager all rolled into one: Laura Walmsley,” said McGill.
“It’s Laura and I who work on the clients’ cases and talk with the clients. I think it’s that personal connection that people get when they’re working with us to deal with their personal issues that really makes them satisfied with our services. Going through a lawsuit is usually not a happy experience for people, so it’s really important that our clients get actual one-on-one attention from us. In addition to giving our clients the personal attention that they need and deserve, we have always exhibited very high ethics. Laura and I make a great team. We’re both hardworking, committed, understanding and trustworthy. We are so honored that our hard work and uncompromising ethics have been recognized by our clients the past four years.”
“Sometimes clients request a course of action in their case that we know may be permissible under the law but which we don’t think is in their best interest to pursue. We aren’t afraid to discuss with our clients the possible negative ramifications of their intended course of action and explain that in the long run, this course of action may not be good for them or their case. We counsel people about what is actually best for them and their case instead of just doing what our clients think that they want. Unfortunately, many others in our community do not follow this approach. At the end of the case, our clients often reflect on the advises that we’ve given and realize that we give good counsel, and don’t take action or suggest action to rack up fees or do things to make the experience worse than it has to be.”
One of McGill’s specialties is in the area of Collaborative Law in regards to domestic relations. Collaborative Law is an alternative to litigation in which both parties agree at the beginning of the legal process, such as divorce, to sign a participation agreement stating that they will not litigate the case or threaten to litigate the case.
“It (Collaborative Practice) started in 1990 in Minnesota and has spread to become an international form of problem solving,” McGill said. “It’s been in Nebraska for 10 years now, and in Nebraska we only use it for domestic relations cases. If we remove the threat of taking the matter to the judge to decide then people are really focusing and striving to reach a fair settlement and they’re not positioning with the use of fear and the unknown.”
“For domestic cases, both parties usually have the same goals of ending the marriage or relationship and putting themselves and their children in the best position as possible. That goal oftentimes gets lost in litigation because people turn their focus to wanting to win or wanting to hurt the other party. In the long run that’s not really in anyone’s best interest.”
Of the 6,223 attorneys who were admitted to the Nebraska Bar Association in 2014, only 11 currently are practicing Collaborative Law. McGill is one of the 11.
“There are very few, if any, downsides to utilizing this process … there has been international research conducted that shows that people are happier after the use of this process, are much less likely to re-litigate, they spend less money on the case and the case moves quicker. Collaborative Law participants are less likely to come back to court after the case with problems.”
McGill earned her law degree from Creighton University in 2005 and joined the law firm of Katskee, Henatsch & Suing right after graduation. She practiced law there until 2011 when she founded McGill Law. Soon thereafter, she started winning Best Divorce Attorney and Best Personal Injury Attorney awards. She won the “Best of the Big O” awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
McGill is also a recent graduation of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy aimed at training and preparing the future leaders of the State Bar.
“I have also been very involved in the Omaha Law League, Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, Inns of Court, and Friends of Planned Parenthood,” McGill added. “I think it’s important to give back, help people in need, and spend time bettering the community.”
McGill, whose office is in North Omaha’s Florence neighborhood, is continuing her involvement in the community by recently opening a gift shop in the North Downtown business district with two other female entrepreneurs at 1320 Mike Fahey St. The shop, called True Blue Goods & Gifts, supports local artists by selling their original creations in her store, including visual art, jewelry, pottery, bags, home décor, and more. Visit the store online at www.truebluegoodsandgifts.com.
McGill Law, PC
12821 Grebe St.
Omaha, NE 68112