MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018
 
 

 
  
Matthew McKeever, a lawyer with Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O. takes digital currency seriously. His law firm will soon accept bitcoins.
 
Financial Technology, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

Bitcoin. Blockchain. Crypto-currency. The words are meaningless to a lot of people, but not to Matthew McKeever, a lawyer with Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O., who takes digital currency seriously.
“It looks like currency but the United States does not consider it currency,” McKeever said. “It’s considered a commodity and its value changes according to the market.”
McKeever readily concedes that Bitcoin is known for wild fluctuations in value, pointing out the first known Bitcoin transaction was a pizza purchase for 10,000 bitcoins.

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In the Best Interest of the Child…
Newly-appointed Child Support Referee Brandie Fowler took the oath of office right before Christmas at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion. Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Max J. Kelch administered the oath.
The Omaha-area attorney officially begins her new appointment on January 2, 2018, succeeding retiring Statewide Child Support Referee William MacKenzie. Formerly a private practice attorney specializing in family law, Fowler has been shadowing MacKenzie since her appointment by the Court on November 30.
The Statewide Child Support Referee works in courts throughout Nebraska hearing matters relating to the establishment, modification, enforcement and collection of child and spousal support. Fowler has advocated for children throughout her career and has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for many years.

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Kutak Rock Elects Attorneys
to Firm Partnership
Kutak Rock LLP has elected new partners from its attorney ranks in five of the firm’s offices - Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Omaha. The promotions became effective on January 1, 2018.
“Our new partners have distinguished themselves in their practice areas and are being recognized for their outstanding efforts in support of the highest quality service to our clients, our firm and our communities,” said Jay Selanders, Chair of Kutak Rock. “We are sure they will continue to contribute to our collegial and positive culture and to the overall success, growth and development of Kutak Rock. We are proud to welcome them to the firm’s partnership.”
The attorneys elected to the partnership in Omaha are Andrew J. Whealy and Justin D. Young.
Whealy focuses his tax credit practice on new markets, historic rehabilitation, low-income and renewable energy tax credits as well as other related state and federal financing products. He also has significant experience structuring secured transactions, commercial financing and real estate lending projects.

 
Young focuses his practice on commercial lending and has experience with a variety of secured transactions, including commercial real estate loans, taxable and tax-exempt equipment financings and multi-family housing projects. In connection therewith, Young has represented numerous financial institutions in their diverse capacities as lender, letter of credit provider and bond purchaser, among other unique arrangements. He also frequently works with lenders, owners and investors in various real estate development matters, including the financing, leasing and disposition of a wide range of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.
The attorneys elected to the partnership in other states are:
Thomas Lauth (Atlanta) focuses his practice primarily on public finance matters. For more than 25 years he has represented states, counties, cities, public authorities, hospitals, non-profit and for-profit corporations and limited liability companies, investment banking firms and other financial institutions in a variety of public finance matters as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel, letter of credit bank’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and issuer’s counsel. Mr. Lauth advises clients on a wide variety of business and legal issues, including state constitutional and statutory issues and federal tax and securities issues, primarily related to public finance matters.
Kenneth S. Witt (Denver) is a member of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group and represents energy and technology companies and institutional clients in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He works with clients in a number of industries including oil and gas exploration and production and services, cross-border investments, semiconductor technology, encryption, software and information technology. He also serves as lead counsel on a wide variety of sophisticated transactions, including venture capital investments, international finance (including joint ventures, cross-border finance and offshore family offices) and strategic alliances.  Ranked “AV” (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell®, Ken is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.


Fraser Stryker Announces Partners
Fraser Stryker is pleased to announce that attorneys Clint D. Cadwallader, Adam D. Grieser, Robert W. Futhey, and Emily R. Langdon have become shareholders and partners of the Firm as of January 1, 2018.


   Cadwalleder           Grieser                       Futhey              Langdon          
Cadwallader received his   Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, with distinction, and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction. Cadwallader’s practice focuses on business and corporate law, real estate transactions, and intellectual property.
Grieser received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Creighton University, summa cum laude, and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Grieser’s practice encompasses several areas including Business and Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, and Business Succession Planning.
Futhey received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Colorado State University, cum laude, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude. Futhey’s practice focuses primarily in complex civil litigation, including commercial, construction, and intellectual property disputes.
Langdon received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude. Langdon focuses her practice on employee benefits and ERISA, and assists her clients with matters related to health and welfare benefits, executive compensation, pension and retirement plans, wellness plans, and health care reform.
For more information regarding Fraser Stryker please visit the firm’s website at www.fraserstryker.com.
Rodgers Picked to Head County Board
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Chris Rodgers was unanimously elected chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners this month (6-0, he abstained), the second time he has served in that capacity since he first took office in 2005.
Rodgers, a Democrat who represents District 3 located in northeast Omaha, has concentrated his efforts on increasing public health resources, strengthening community corrections programs, reforming the juvenile justice system, and controlling spending through a better use of taxpayer’s dollars.
Rodgers was born and raised in East St. Louis, Ill., and came to Omaha’s Creighton University on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from Creighton in 1992 with a BA in journalism. He later received his master’s degree in Business Administration, also from Creighton. He later received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He is currently director of Community and Government Relations at Creighton University.

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Brown Bagger Focuses on Indian Child Welfare
Jill Holt, DHHS ICWA program coordinator and Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition (NICWC), kicked off the first of four quarterly “Youth Impact! Brown Baggers” last Wednesday at the Douglas County Civic Center.
She presented an o
verview of the “Legal Implications and Best Practices” of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to an audience which included agency professionals, attorneys, families and interested citizens.
She noted that 500 children
have already been served by ICWA, now entering its 6th year in Douglas County. She said that 147 counties in the United States are now served.
The free Brown Baggers are open to anyone working with children and families in Douglas County. CLEs may be earned as well.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesda
y, April 11, 2018, at noon.

 

Carstar Collision Center, no stranger to awards, was honored in 2013 with BBB’s Integrity Award. Pictured from left are Mark Krzemien, Christi Krajeski, Darrin McGaughey, Andrea Heig and Ron Krzemien.

Family Collision Repair Business Named
2018’s First Small Business Winner

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

Collision repair is a family tradition at Don & Ron’s CARSTAR Collision Center, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s first Small Business of the Month for 2018. Brothers Don and Ron Krzemien founded the shop in January of 1965 in south Omaha, driven by a shared passion for “building and re-building things.”
“They liked to do stuff with their hands. They liked to work on cars,” said Mark Krzemien, son of late co-founder Don.
Ron, 78, still comes into the office every day but is taking things easier. The second generation is helping to power the business now.
Mark and his cousins (Ron’s daughters), Christi Krajeski and Andrea Heig, are all involved in the full-service operation.
“We are strictly focused on collision repair,” Mark Krzemien said.
The business moved from south Omaha in 1969 to 70th and Q Street where the shop remains today. A newer customer care center opened at 72nd & Q Street more than two years ago. Krzemien said the Don & Ron’s team takes care to provide a higher level of service – and some much-needed peace of mind – to customers facing unplanned inconvenience and expense.

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Past Barristers’ Presidents John Hascall (2010-1011), Brandie Fowler (2011-2012) and Scott Lautenbaugh (2000-2001) help “Make Barristers Great Again” at the annual Christmas party in December.     – Photos by Lorraine Boyd

Make ’Em Great, or Bust!
It is actually debatable whether 2017-2018 President Marcus Sladek succeeded in making the Barristers great again, but he and his merry band of writers and actors gave it their best effort at the annual Christmas-time roast of any and all courthouse victims. The event featured some clever videos, a visit from Santa, and a visit by a frequent crowd favorite, The Simple Country Lawyer (Joe Bradley). Few were spared as the sharp wit of the writers targeted lawyers and judges alike with skits ripped from the headlines of 2017. Sladek delivered a self-deprecating opening monologue, thus deflecting any further barbs by others. Dinner and drinks mellowed the attendees’ spirits, saving the actors from any retaliatory measures. The show closed as usual with a solemn reading of this year’s departed colleagues.
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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Beverly Thompson, wife of Dr. Franklin Thompson, director of City of Omaha Human Rights & Relations Department, sings what she called the “Black National Anthem” – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – as community leaders look on.
Aspire to Inspire
Leaders of the city of Omaha and Douglas County came together on January 12 to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day. From songs by Mrs. Thompson, County Assessor/Register of Deeds Diane Battiato, and the Burke High School Show Choir, to remarks by Mayor Jean Stothert, County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, and Omaha Human Rights & Relations Board Chair Clarice Jackson, King’s legacy was honored. Keynote Speaker Bishop James Hunter of the Omaha Human Rights & Relations board, gave the rousing keynote speech, exhorting everyone to “aspire to inspire” every day.
Living the Dream awards, honoring those who embody Dr. King’s vision, were presented to three individuals: Deputy Omaha Police Chief Greg Gonzalez, Douglas County Corrections Officer Tanya Burnside and longtime community leader and civil rights activist Tommie Wilson. For more information on the recipients,
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Organization Announces New Name, Unveils New Logo
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska
Is Now ‘Immigrant Legal Center’

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Effective January 12, 2018, the nonprofit immigration law firm Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska will be known as Immigrant Legal Center (ILC). In conjunction with the announcement of its new name, the organization unveiled a new logo and also launched a new website at www.immigrantlc.org.
The change was announced at a news conference today.

The metro Omaha-based 501(c)(3) organization remains affiliated with the Justice For Our Neighbors Network, which offers legal clinics for immigration legal services throughout the country. ILC also continues its association with the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, which provides resources and funding.
The mission of ILC remains the same: “to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education and advocacy.”
“The new name, ‘Immigrant Legal Center,’ is more descriptive of the services we provide,” according to Executive Director Emiliano Lerda, J.D., LL.M.

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From left, shareholders Mike Hupp, Alex Wolf and Eric Oxley were happy to show off the renovation of their firm’s offices, which created a sleek, cutting-edge environment.                                        – Photo by Lorraine Boyd

Koley Jessen Named Law Firm of Year
By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

For those unfamiliar, M&A is shorthand for Mergers and Acquisition, but most readers of this publication know that.
What they may not know is that Koley Jessen was named Law Firm of the Year at the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards last month in New York City.
Mike Hupp, president of Koley Jessen and chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice said he was grateful to the clients including families, strategic companies and private equity firms who have given Koley Jessen an opportunity to work on sophisticated transactions locally and across the country.

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
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MARCH 17, 2018
Nebraska Legal Professionals Association
NLAP Spring Seminar
Lincoln
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebraskalegalprofessionals.org
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APRIL 27, 2018 through APRIL 29, 2018
Nebraska Legal Professionals Association
NLAP Annual Seminar
For More Information: www.nebraskalegalprofessionals.org
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MAY 10, 2018 through MAY 11, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
UNL: 2018 John M. Gradwohl Estate & Business Planning Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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