Patrick E. McNamara: Founder & Managing Attorney

The Founder and Principal Attorney at McNamara Law Firm, Patrick brings with him over eight years of dynamic experience in the practice of law. Admitted to practice in both Nebraska and New York, Patrick guides his staff and associates using solid legal skills and natural business acumen.  

Patrick began his legal career at a prominent commercial litigation firm in New York, where he represented national clients, including John Deere, Costco, and 1-800-FLOWERS.  From there, he began assisting clients with their wills, trusts and estates.  In his experience, Patrick soon came to realize a need for tailored and focused legal services geared to serving small businesses, individuals, and families. It was then that he decided to create McNamara Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O.

Patrick is actively involved in the Omaha community as a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Omaha Bar Association, and the Nebraska Bar Association.  He was the Secretary of the Executive Council of the Omaha Bar Association and the Editor of the Young Lawyers Page of the Nebraska Lawyer Magazine.  Patrick is also a Director on the Board of his residential homeowners' association and served as the 2016 President of the Omaha Barristers' Club.

Originally from New York, Patrick has found a second home in Omaha with his wife, Katherine, who is an Omaha native, and also a litigation attorney at a prominent Omaha law firm.  In his free time, Patrick loves to golf and root for the New York Mets, Jets and Islanders.

Patrick McNamara At a Glance


J.D. 2009, Touro Law School

B.A. Politics, 2006, The Catholic University of America


Areas of Practice

Business Litigation

Business Transactions

Employment Discrimination

Sexual Harassment


Mandi R. Liston: Associate & Chief of Legal Strategy


Mandi is our first Associate Attorney and Chief of Legal Strategy. Mandi brings to the firm a natural understanding of the law that goes beyond what is taught in a classroom.  Mandi joined McNamara Law Firm during her second year at Creighton University School of Law in March of 2016 and will continue to practice in the areas of small business, estate planning, employment defense, and civil litigation.  

During her time in law school, Mandi excelled in legal research and writing, earning the top grade in her Legal Research and Writing course as well as the top grade in her Employment Law class. She was nominated for best brief in the domestic moot court competition, won the Midwest Regional INTA Moot Court competition, won best brief at the Midwest Regional, and went on to win best brief at the National INTA Moot Court competition. Mandi’s strong writing skills make her an asset to both our firm and clients alike. 

Originally from Fremont, Mandi will continue her career and practice law in Omaha, Nebraska. Mandi is admitted to practice in the State of Nebraska and the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.  In her free time, Mandi loves to travel and spend time at the lake with her family.

Mandi Liston At a Glance


J.D. 2017, Creighton University School of Law

B.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013, University of Nebraska Omaha

Areas of Practice

Small Business Transactions and Formation 

Estate Planning 

Employment Defense

Civil Litigation

Heidi L. Degner: Firm Administrator

Heidi is our Senior Paralegal and Firm Administrator. Heidi joined McNamara in 2015, bringing more than twelve years of administrative experience to the firm. A current student at Metropolitan Community College, Heidi will soon graduate from the college's Legal Studies-Paralegal dual certificate program.  

In addition to her paralegal skills, Heidi also manages the law office with enthusiasm and dedication. Heidi learns about each client as an individual in order to provide targeted and focused support. 

Originally from the Omaha area, Heidi is a member of the Omaha Legal Professionals Association (OLPA) where she hopes to continue to be active in the Nebraska's legal community. In her free time, Heidi enjoys Dr. Who, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Scott Eckel: Senior Certified Law Clerk


Scott is a Senior Certified Law Clerk at McNamara Law Firm.  Joining the firm in the twilight of his law school tenure, Scott brings an energy and fervor for many aspects of law. Scott enjoys flexing his legal muscle in the areas of contract review, business formation, property law, and legal research and writing, among others. While Scott has thoroughly enjoyed those specific areas, he hopes to continue to refine his legal skills through the Creighton Law Review as a Lead Articles Editor and as a member of the Moot Court Board.  

Hailing from the Windy City, Scott loves all things Chicago (minus the Bears). Stemming from his past life in sales, Scott has always enjoyed traveling. Last summer, his travels took him to California where he worked as a law clerk. He recently visited the East Coast this summer, and hopes to return there for vacation soon. In his spare time he enjoys staying active, trying new restaurants with his girlfriend, Bridgette, and tending to his indoor garden. 


Scott Eckel At a Glance


Anticipated J.D. 2018, Creighton University School of Law

B.A Economics and Legal Studies, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Interest

Business Law

Family Law

Energy and Environmental Law