FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015
 

 

John Sievers of Green Beans Coffee Omaha supports America’s troops by facilitating the gift of a “Cup of Joe” to deployed service men and women.                              – Photo by JordanGreen.com
Chamber’s Small Business of the Month
Green Beans Coffee Omaha Doesn’t
Just Pour Coffee; It Supports Our Troops

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

One of the newest members of the metro coffee scene has a global back-story – and a global distinction. Green Beans Coffee Omaha is the first independently owned, free-standing Green Beans Coffee in the United States.
It is also the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for April. Owner John Sievers described the honor as “amazing” and “completely unexpected.”



Green Beans Coffee offers everyone the chance to send a “Cup of Joe” to soldiers deployed in many countries, like these in Afghanistan.

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Yes, you are seeing double. Scott Anderson has spun himself off of his company, Anderson Partners Advertising, to launch Doubledare.                                                                 – Photo by Michael Tran
Scott Anderson ‘Doubledares’
You to Improve Your Business

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Scott Anderson, the Omaha native who graduated from Brown University and spent time on the East Coast, has left the advertising agency, Anderson Partners Advertising, which continues to bear his name.
“It was part of a long-standing succession plan,” Anderson said. He sold the company stock back to the staff that continues to run the successful advertising business.
That allowed Anderson to move along and focus on to the executive performance group he started about a decade ago.

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Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon
Welcomes Bock as Partner

Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, L.L.P. recently welcomed its newest partner, Matthew J. Bock. Bock joined the law firm as a member of the banking, commercial practice and estate planning groups. In both acquisitions and sales of businesses, he leads companies through structuring, negotiation and closings. Bock has significant experience representing closely held businesses in all facets of business transactions, including start-up, operations, restructuring and succession. Additionally, as a former tax accountant, Bock brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to clients in the areas of tax planning and tax litigation.  
For more information regarding Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, visit the firm’s website at: www.walentineotoole.com.

Minardi Receives UNL Lifetime Achievement Award

Nebraska State Probation Deputy Administrator Deb Minardi recently received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from University of Nebraska – Omaha’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The award is the College’s most prestigious award and was given to Minardi in recognition of her life-long contributions to criminal justice through career accomplishments, dedication to social justice and civic engagement.
Minardi directs adult and juvenile programs and field services, which includes the Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS),standardized model for delivery of substance abuse services, probation-based problem solving courts, reporting centers, fee for service voucher program, domestic violence, sex offender, work ethic camp, DUI and mental health programs.
She was appointed deputy administrator in 2006 with 32 years of experience as a field officer. She has conducted numerous trainings nationally and statewide, serves on the board of directors for American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), and received the 2010 APPA President’s Award for Nebraska’s SSAS program.
For more information regarding the Nebraska State Probation Administration, visit: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/probation.


Engler Joins Rembolt Ludtke
Rembolt Ludtke LLP recently announced that Timothy R. Engler has become associated with the firm.  
Engler specializes in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. His practice is concentrated in commercial and business disputes, personal injury and mediation and arbitration services. Before joining Rembolt  Ludtke, he practiced in a private firm in Lincoln.  
Engler is a member of the Nebraska Mediation Association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and sits on the advisory board for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution. He is a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and will serve as chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates in 2015.
For more information regarding Rembolt Ludtke, please visit the firm’s website at: www.remboltlawfirm.com.

Koenig | Dunne
Dunne Awarded Top Ten Attorney Award
Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law recently announce that Angela Dunne has been awarded the prestigious Top Ten Attorney Award for the State of Nebraska from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). Dunne was awarded this honor because of the hard work and dedication she has shown in representing family law clients.
Dunne is managing partner of Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, where her career has focused exclusively on divorce-related work.  Dunne is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  As an academy fellow, Dunne is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of family law.  She is a highly skilled negotiator and litigator representing individuals in all facets of domestic relations.
Dunne is also a member of the Nebraska State, American, Nebraska Women’s and Omaha Bar Associations.  She previously served on the executive committee of the family law section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Nebraska and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.
 For more information regarding Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, please visit the firm’s website at www.nebraskadivorce.com.

 

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District Court Judge
Joseph Troia of Omaha To Retire

Douglas County District Court Judge Joseph S. Troia will retire on May 29, 2015, after nearly four decades of service as a judge in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Our system of justice exists to serve the community and it has been an honor to be part of the system. First, in serving the citizens of Omaha when I was appointed to the Omaha Municipal Court by then Governor James J. Exxon and in 1978; second, the citizens of Douglas County and Nebraska when the Omaha Municipal Court and the Douglas County Court merged in 1985; and third, Douglas County and the State as a District Judge appointed by then Governor Ben Nelson in 1991,” said Judge Joseph Troia in his resignation letter to Governor Pete Ricketts in late February.
The first step in replacing Judge Troia will be for the Judicial Resources Commission to call a meeting to determine whether, based on judicial workload statistics, his retirement creates a vacancy in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County).  

Assessor/Register of Deeds
Brings New Field Deputy Aboard

Diane Battiato, Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds, has hired Jack L. Baines as her new chief field deputy.  Battiato said that Baines will manage and coordinate all mass-appraisal activities for Douglas County, as well as guide and participate in the technical and statistical work of setting values.  Douglas County contains more than 215,000 parcels of land.
“Mass appraisal is the linchpin for what we do in the property-assessment world,” Battiato said.  “It is absolutely essential that mass appraisal be done correctly because the results are vitally important to the county and its residents.”
According to Battiato, Baines has more than 25 years’ experience in appraisal activities in Kansas.  Most recently, he was the deputy county appraiser for Wyandotte County, KS.  
Baines’ experience also includes extensive work with ad valorem taxation, linear-regression, ratio-analysis, and cost-analysis-and-valuation modeling.  Furthermore, he has worked for county and state government in related areas.
“Jack brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our office that will make us even more efficient and customer-responsive,” Battiato said.  “He clearly will be an asset to us, and the county.  We look forward to having Jack as a member of our leadership team.”


The Deal of the Year Award was given for the development and construction of Pacific Life’s office building and parking structure in Aksarben Village. Construction is progressing on the building depicted in this architect’s rendering.
Real Estate Movers and Shakers Honored
By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Two businesses were honored and seven individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame last Friday at the CRE Summit, which was held at the CenturyLink Center.
Pacific Life was awarded Deal of the Year for the development and construction of its new office building and parking structure in Aksarben Village. A $40 million project, the five-story, 125,000-square-foot building will be a mixed-use development, and will have 19,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor to accommodate shops and restaurants. It will also include an 880-stall parking structure. Four-hundred-plus employees will move there from the company’s downtown office several weeks before the end of the year. John Hughes of Magnum Development Corp., one of the partners on the project, accepted the award.
NuStyle Development was awarded Development of the Year. The 25-year-old company has several projects completed and in development; however, a few were singled out, including the 194-unit apartment block at 2223 Dodge St. and the 106-unit building at 19th and Farnam. Together, Todd and Mary Heistand are refurbishing previously overlooked properties and are changing the face of Omaha’s downtown area. Todd Heistand accepted the award.
Hall of Famers

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Justin Hochstein is a Jack-of-all-Trades, and a master of them too. Not only is he an attorney, he is a financial planner and an Army Captain.                                                                    – Photo by Michael Tran
Wearing Many Hats Suits Hochstein
By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

In a few weeks, Justin Hochstein will be in a very celebratory mood. The U.S. Army Captain is coming up on his 10-year anniversary in military service, his two-year anniversary with Ameritas Financial Center as a financial consultant, and his one-year anniversary as owner of Hochstein Strategic Legal Planning.
“I focus on estate planning so as to provide my clients with the attention to detail that their estate and business plans deserve,” he said. “I work with accountants and financial advisers at Ameritas Financial Center to help to ensure that a client’s plan is tailored to fit their needs.”
To say that Hochstein is a busy man is an understatement, but then it seems that has always been the case. “I need to have something to do or I get into trouble,” he joked.

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Attorney Inkelaar Prods Nebraska Legislators
To Pass Tough Law on Punishment of Bullies

By Jack Martin
The Daily Record

The woman walked into attorney Thomas Inkelaar’s office last spring, put a laptop computer on his desk and said, “I want to show you something.” She pushed the play button on a video recording, “and then turned around and started crying,” Inkelaar recalled.
The woman’s name was Delores De la Torre and the video, recorded on a cell phone, showed her daughter, Frida, as the target of a bullying attack. Frida was shown running along a Lincoln sidewalk after leaving middle school, trying to escape from classmates who threw rocks at her, yelled at  and taunted her.

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United Way of Midlands Names Forsberg President
United Way of the Midlands recently named Shawna Forsberg president and chief executive officer. Her appointment concludes a nationwide search led by James Abruzzo, head of the Nonprofit Practice at DHR International, a global executive search firm. Forsberg is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic initiatives in the areas of basic needs, workforce readiness and classroom readiness to continue strengthening the local community. She will lead United Way of the Midlands fundraising, marketing and financial management initiatives.
Forsberg has served as interim president since July 2014, following the unexpected passing of president and CEO Karen Bricklemyer. Prior to her interim president role, Forsberg was senior vice president of marketing. She has more than 15 years of marketing and communications leadership experience in non-for-profit and for-profit environments including roles at The Durham Museum and ConAgra Foods. Forsberg received a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master of business administration from Sam Houston State University.
For more information regarding the United Way of Midlands, please visit at: www.unitedwaymidlands.org.

 


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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Baseball Game Watch
The Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division annual Baseball Watch, featuring the Creighton Bluejays against the Nebraska Huskers, was a huge success, possibly due to the great start both teams have enjoyed, plus beautiful spring weather – and, of course, good company. The event drew 150 members and their guests to the April 14 night event, which started with a get-together at Slowdown, a lively venue across from TD Ameritrade Park. The Bluejays fell to the Huskers 7-6, with a game-winning run in the ninth. For more coverage, CLICK HERE.
–Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Paul McGreal, who will become the next dean of the Creighton University School of Law on July 1, (left) visits with Larry Roland, CU Law ’13, an associate at Gross Welch, at the Creighton Law YAC social event.
Creighton Law Young Alumni Council Meets
A newly formed group – the Creighton Law Young Alumni Council – met Thursday, March 26, at Castle Barrett for a social get-together. The Council is a group of recent law graduates who want to continue building connections with one another and fellow alumni that practice in the legal community. The Council is looking for new members from the Class of 2015, so L3 students were invited to attend, along with members of the faculty. Currently dean of the University of Dayton School of Law, Paul McGreal, who is currently commuting monthly from Ohio until he takes the reins at Creighton July 1, made a point of being there to meet members of this up-and-coming group.
–Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Ross Pesek (center) converses with Patrick Boyle, Community Development Coordinator & MCC Foundation Development Manager at Metro Community College (left) and his father, Don Pesek at his law firm’s open house.
Pesek Law Officially Opens Its Doors
Ross Pesek opened his law office doors to invited guests to formally inaugurate his new law firm, Pesek Law, LLC, in the historic building at 19th and Farnam. Pesek focuses on criminal defense, immigration, and accident and injury cases. He has been lead counsel in federal and state criminal jury trials, argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Court of Appeals as lead counsel, helped over 100 people achieve legal immigration status, and secured nearly a million dollars in settlements for injured clients.
He is an advocate for immigrants and their families and offers them legal services at his free legal clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Omaha, where he has already served over 800 people. He also established the True Potential Scholarship program, last year awarding five full-tuition scholarships to immigrant students attending community colleges who would otherwise not be eligible for financial aid, based on their immigration status. He was named Latino Partner of the Year by the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference in November, 2014. His website is www.peseklaw.com.

 


Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community



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APRIL 23
UNL: New Developments Under the Affordable Care Act
Happy Hollow Country Club
1701 S 105, Omaha
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: http://law.unl.edu/alumni/cle/
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APRIL 24
Omaha Law League Fashion Show
“Roaring Fashion: The Jazz Age”
Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass St, Omaha
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails
For More Information: www.omahalawleague.org
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APRIL 30
Ethics Refresher featuring Mark A. Weber
Hruska Law Center, First Floor Conf Rm
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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APRIL 30
Law Day Lunch
Omaha Marriott
10220 Regency Cir, Omaha
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation
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MAY 7
Nebraska Tax Symposium
Zorinsky Federal Building
1616 Capitol Ave, Omaha
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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MAY 15
UNL: John M. Gradwohl Estate & Business Planning Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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MAY 21
Omaha Bar Association Memorial Service
Legislative Chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center
1819 Farnam St, Omaha
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

 
 
 

 
 



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