Menicucci Joins Union Pacific as Corporate Attorney
John A. Menicucci,Jr. has taken a position as  a corporate attorney on the corporate and finance legal team at Union Pacific Corporation.  In his new position, Menicucci will work with the Union Pacific legal team in advising senior management and the board of directors of the company with respect to corporate governance, securities and finance, drawing upon his prior experience from Husch Blackwell LLP.  At Husch Blackwell, he spent nearly eight years working as a corporate and securities lawyer in their energy and natural resources strategic business unit, where he specialized in corporate governance, public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions.   
Menicucci is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his juris doctorate degree at Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, where he has served as an adjunct professor teaching securities regulation. Last year, he was chosen one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees through the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Omaha (Class 36).  
Before law school, Menicucci earned his green belt Six Sigma certification while a lean leader at General Electric Healthcare. He was also a unit leader with Nestle Waters North America. Additionally, Menicucci served as a tank platoon leader, mortar platoon leader and personnel company commander while he served as an officer in the U.S. Army.    
Menicucci is a member of the Nebraska State, Iowa State and Omaha Bar Associations. On June 1, 2015, he became the youngest attorney in age and years or practice of known record to assume the presidency of the Omaha Bar Association.
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Koley Jessen Expands
Immigration and Healthcare Practices

Stephanie Grattan has joined Koley Jessen as an immigration and healthcare attorney. Grattan will work with clients on a broad range of immigration matters, including family- and employment- based visa petitions, adjustment of status (green card) applications, consular processing for immigrant visas, wavers of immigration violations, visas for victims of crimes, applications for asylum and other relief from harm, and naturalization and citizenship.  She also represents individuals in detention and removal/deportation proceedings and on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Additionally, Grattan counsels businesses on I-9 compliance and the E-Verify process.  
Grattan’s health law practice is focused on advising health care providers on issues that are unique to the health care industry as well as the day-to-day aspects of their businesses.
“We are thrilled to have Stephanie join our team,” said Mike Hupp, President of Koley Jessen. “Her unique experience with immigration matters and her work in the healthcare area will allow us to continue to expand both our immigration and healthcare practices.”
Grattan’s experience includes working as an attorney advisor for the Chicago immigration court for two years. She is fluent in Spanish. Grattan received her juris doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, a master’s of science in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Dvorak & Donovan Welcomes Hiatt to Firm

Dvorak & Donovan Law Group, LLC, which opened its west Omaha office in May 2015, recently announced that Mitchell D. Hiatt has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Dvorak & Donovan Law Group is dedicated to providing estate and business succession planning, real estate, banking, finance, business transactions and litigation services to the Omaha area and surrounding regions.
Hiatt’s practice primarily focuses on tax, estate and business succession planning, in addition to other corporate  mergers and acquisitions. He earned a bachelor of science from University of Nebraska at Omaha, cum laude, and obtained his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Creighton University, where he also worked as a general staff member of the Creighton Law Review.
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Drouillard Law, LLC Moves Its Office to Wahoo

Duke Drouillard of Drouillard Law, LLC recently announced that the firm’s downtown Omaha office, formerly located at 1603 Farnam Street, has relocated to Wahoo, Neb. The firm specializes in criminal defense, juvenile court, estate planning and probate law.
Drouillard’s practice is now located at: 387 N. Chestnut St., Ste. 100, Wahoo, NE, 68066. The office’s telephone number is: (402) 443-8151, and the facsimile number is: (402) 443-4527.
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Eleven Lamson, Dugan & Murray
Partners Named in Best Lawyers®

Lamson, Dugan & Murray LLP recently announced that 11 of its partners have been selected by their peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America® 2016. In addition, William Settles has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in his respective field, where only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored.

William M. Lamson, Jr.
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Bet-the-Company Litigation
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Commercial Litigation
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Robert J. Murray
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Corporate Law
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Tax Law

Daniel P. Chesire
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Litigation-Insurance
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Patrick G. Vipond
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Commercial Litigation
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

Mark E. Novotny
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Commercial Litigation

David J. Schmitt
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Railroad Law

William R. Settles
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Omaha Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”

Kyle Wallor
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

Craig F. Martin
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Construction Law

Brian J. Brislen
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Commercial Litigation

Cathy Trent-Vilim
Best Lawyers® 2016 in Commercial Litigation

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This portrait of Dave Nelson, founder and creative director of SecretPenguin, is as innovative as his team’s ideas for branding businesses.                                 
– Photo by Andrew Marinkovich/Malone & Company

Skateboarder’s Talent, Put to Use
Branding, Gives His Company ‘Air’

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

There are few creatures more appealing than a penguin, and what is more fun than a secret?
When you put them together, you get Omaha’s SecretPenguin, a firm that’s not much of a secret any longer, but is definitely fun.
The branding firm has emerged in the past year as one of the most dynamic in the region, with former professional skateboarder Dave Nelson leading the charge.
Taking the creativity needed to be at the top of the skateboarding game, Nelson has developed a shop that never hesitates to experiment with ideas needed to brand companies in a way that will make them stand out in today’s crowded marketplace.
It all began innocently enough as a little penguin character that Nelson would hide in his artwork.
“When I started traveling more for skateboarding, I wanted a way to hide “it” wherever I went, so I had stickers made,” he recalled. “I’d pass them out on tour, and pretty soon I was getting e-mails from all over the world telling me where the stickers were stuck.
“So, I bought [the website name] to post the stickers’ whereabouts.”
Nelson is the founder and creative director of SecretPenguin, a firm he has branded as “an experiential branding agency.”

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Fifteen years into his mediation career, Mike Mullin couldn’t be happier with his choice.
– Photo by Michael Tran

Mediator Mike Mullin
How Mediation Turned Litigator’s Life
And Career Upside Down (in a Good Way)

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

For attorney Mike Mullin, the scales of justice have tipped from him being a litigator to a mediator.
For those who don’t know, in the legal world, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that resolves disputes involving two or more parties with concrete effects. Usually, that involves a neutral third party – the mediator – who helps such parties to reach a negotiated settlement.
According to his firm Kutak Rock’s website, a mediation facilitator is impartial, neutral and unbiased. The goal is for the mediator to help all participants in the legal action to communicate their positions clearly, and explore the options for reaching an agreement and putting that agreement in place, if possible.

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Andrew Boehm may not be following in Mrs. B’s footprints precisely, but he definitely channels her energy and drive.                                                        – Photo by Jordan Green
Chamber’s Small Business of the Month
Success Is in the DNA of Andrew Boehm,
Co-owner of Elevated SEO & Web Design

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

A proclivity for success is in Andrew Boehm’s DNA, a trait the small business owner inherited from his great-grandmother, Rose “Mrs. B” Blumkin.

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Legal Aid of Nebraska
Mumgaard Named New Executive Director

Legal Aid of Nebraska recently announced the hiring of Milo Mumgaard as its new executive director. Mumgaard is currently concluding service as legal counsel and senior policy aide to Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, a position he has held since 2009.
Mumgaard brings an outstanding record of academic achievement, legal advocacy and leadership experience to Legal Aid of Nebraska. A Nebraska native, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mumgaard is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and served as the editor-in-chief of its Review of Law and Social Change.

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Gov. Ricketts Appoints
Judge Stephanie Stacy to Supreme Court

Lincoln – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Judge Stephanie F. Stacy to the Nebraska Supreme Court, First Judicial District, on August 14. Judge Stacy currently serves as a District Court Judge in Lancaster County.
“Judge Stacy’s judicial and legal experience have served the State of Nebraska well,” said Ricketts. “Her expertise and judicial temperament will continue to be an asset to the people of Nebraska and now also to our state’s Supreme Court.”
Prior to her service to the District Court, Judge Stacy was a partner at Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP and adjunct faculty teaching trial advocacy and pretrial litigation at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
During her tenure on the District Court, Judge Stacy has handled a wide variety of cases, including felony criminal cases, civil cases, domestic cases, and appeals from County Court and Administrative Agencies, as well as lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of State of Nebraska statutes/regulations, election issues, and suits against the state and state officials. Since February 2015, she has served as one of two judges who preside over the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court.
Judge Stacy holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated, with distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Over the course of her career as a lawyer, Judge Stacy has received the Exceptional Performance Citation from the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association. She has also been peer nominated to national honoraries including the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Litigation Counsel of America.
The vacancy was created by the retirement of Justice Kenneth C. Stephan on July 1, 2015. This is Governor Ricketts’ first appointment to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The First Judicial District of the Nebraska Supreme Court consists of Lancaster and Seward Counties. A map of the district can be found at
An announcement concerning her official swearing-in ceremony, anticipated to be in September, will be made at a later date.

U.S. Attorney In Nebraska
Reviewing Execution Drug Allegations

By Grant Schulte

Lincoln (AP) – The U.S. attorney’s office in Nebraska is reviewing allegations by a civil liberties group that state officials are trying to violate federal law through their attempts to import lethal injection drugs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska obtained emails and other documents through a public records request and sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg arguing that state officials are actively pursuing the drugs despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they can’t be legally imported. Amy Miller, the group’s legal director, pointed to a 2012 incident where execution drugs had to be seized because they were shipped to the state illegally from India.

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