Bio

Mary Ann Walker is an authority in the U.S. Hispanic market. Her professional mission for decades has been to use mass media to reach accident victims and help them find the best trial attorneys in the country. Ms. Walker attended UCLA for two years and spent a number of years working as a translator for the courthouses in Los Angeles. It was during this time that Ms. Walker identified the need for Spanish-speaking attorneys to represent Spanish-speaking clients. Language was a major barrier for Spanish-speaking clients to receive equitable legal representation. With the obstacle of language, lawyers would build a case based on police reports or information provided by insurance companies without any client input. The results were significantly detrimental to Spanish-speaking clients.

To address this challenge, Ms. Walker approached the Spanish-speaking attorneys she met in court and asked them if they wanted to jointly advertise their services to the Hispanic community. Five of them said yes, and in 1984, “Los Defensores” was born. Thirty-three years later, “Los Defensores” is a network of over 150 law firms throughout the United States, handling primarily civil cases. The success of “Los Defensores” prompted a second legal co-op network called 1-800-THE-LAW2 Attorney Network, which serves primarily English-speaking consumers. Ms. Walker is the on-camera spokesperson for this brand.

Ms. Walker participates in a variety of political and community issues. In response to Proposition 187, Ms. Walker and her staff created a temporary product called ‘Ciudanania Ahora,’ which registered hundreds of California residents for U.S. citizenship. Ms. Walker and her team were involved in a campaign called ‘Ganemos Fuerza,’ whose goal was to register American Latinos to vote. More than 4,000 Latinos registered to vote through this program. Ms. Walker actively supports political candidates who defend the rights of consumers and is a member of the National Latina Business Women Association and a lifetime President’s Circle member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

In addition to her leadership responsibilities at Walker Advertising, Ms. Walker serves as the Managing Partner in her national law firm, Walker Harding, LLP. Ms. Walker is a graduate of Webster University, Los Angeles, where she is a member of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. She attended Harvard Business School’s executive education programs on Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Women on Boards.