Our Founder, Maryann Walker
Maryann Walker is the Founder, CEO, and guiding force of Walker Advertising. For more than 30 years, she has helped individuals throughout California access expert legal services and helped attorneys grow their businesses.
Maryann began her career working as a translator in the courts of Los Angeles.
It was during this time that Maryann saw people being denied fair and equal justice simply because they couldn’t speak English.
To address this problem, Maryann approached the Spanish-speaking attorneys she worked with and asked them if they wanted to jointly advertise their services to the Latino community. Five of them said yes, and in 1984, Los Defensores was born.
A year later, Maryann created a second joint legal advertising group, what is now Walker & Walker Attorney Network at 1-800-THE-LAW2, to help serve the needs of English-speaking legal consumers. For the past four years, she has been the on-camera spokesperson for the brand, appearing in more than 50 television commercials.
In addition to her leadership responsibilities at Walker Advertising, Inc., Maryann participates in a variety of political and community issues. In response to Proposition 187, Maryann and her staff created a temporary product called ‘Ciudanania Ahora,’ which registered hundreds of California residents for U.S. citizenship.
Maryann 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.
Maryann 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).
Maryann 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 holds a Certified Translator certificate from University of California, Los Angeles.
“My commitment to helping the community access expert attorneys is as strong today as when I founded the company more than 25 years ago.”
Founder and CEO