FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015
 

 

Joe Daly found a good fit on the first try when he clerked at Emil Sodoro’s office back in 1968.
– Photo by Michael Tran
Joe Daly:
Defender of Pachyderms and Much More

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Baseball’s loss, it seems, has been the Omaha Bar’s gain, and that is good.
For, without Joe Daly, who would there be to defend elephants?
More on that later.
Joseph S. Daly played baseball at Creighton University and started every game during his four years as an undergraduate. He got a look from the St. Louis Cardinals after his sophomore year, but, “My father thought it was a good idea to stay in school.”
So Daly remained on the path to law school despite a lack of knowledge about the profession.
“I didn’t know what lawyers did,” he now admits. At that time, he knew only two attorneys.
One, a cousin, was John Daly who worked for Yellow Cab Co. He recently passed at the age of 98. The other was Jack Diesing Sr., the father of Joe Daly’s good friend, Jack Deising Jr., who worked for Brandeis.
The summer after his first year of law school, while Daly worked nights making sweet rolls at Wonder Bread and planned for his wedding, Daly learned of an opportunity as a law clerk. 

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Years of litigation experience adds substantial value to Aaron Weiner’s service as a mediator.
Weiner Continues Family Legal Tradition
By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

After a quarter century of litigation practice, Aaron Weiner wishes to devote more time to the three M’s: Mediation, Mindfulness, and Mentorship. Weiner is a partner with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP.
Being an attorney is a tradition in his family, going back at least as far as his great grandfather.   Weiner’s father, the late Ken Weiner, was an Omaha attorney and past president of the Omaha Bar Association. Weiner said this family tradition and his love of learning drew him to the practice of law.  
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and served as a law clerk for the Hon. John T. Grant of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He joined AK&C in 1990.

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Susie Cordero is the reliable glue that holds the courthouse events together.
Holding it All Together:
U.S. District Court’s Susie Cordero

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Chances are, if you have spent any time around the Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse in downtown Omaha, you have met or heard about Susie Cordero.
But chances are you don’t know her whole story, and it is one to remember. Her path to serving as administrative assistant for the clerk of the U.S. District Court in Nebraska is far from an ordinary one.
For starters, her story begins on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, where the toddler was found wandering alone. She was not quite two years old when she was adopted by her parents, Darrell and Margery Hurst, who raised her on an apple ranch in Sebastopol, Calif. There was a lot of love in the home that included five biological and eight adopted children, one of which was Susie.
That rich beginning only grew, when she met her Mexican-born husband, Israel, in California. The couple has two grown sons – one in Dallas and one in Las Vegas. The Corderos moved to Nebraska to do social work, helping Hispanic families adjust to their new country and sharing their faith with them.

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Pictured (left to right) : Mark Jastorff, District VI Conference MC and Vice President of Advancement for Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, President of College of Saint Mary.

CSM President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM
Receives CASE VI Chief Executive Leadership Award
College of Saint Mary (CSM) President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, was recently honored with the Chief Executive Leadership Award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI Conference held in Denver, Colorado. CASE District VI presents this prestigious award yearly to an outstanding president, chancellor, head master or system head of one of the 240 District VI CASE member institutions. Stevens became president of CSM in 1996.
Richard Jeffries, J.D, CSM Board of Directors Chairman and Partner at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P., nominated Stevens for this honor stating, “When Dr. Stevens took the helm, CSM had literally mortgaged its land and incurred debt that threatened to impair the College.” He went on to say, “…Dr. Stevens eliminated CSM’s debt and enhanced its academic offerings. A tenacious fundraiser, Dr. Stevens has upgraded every academic space on campus, secured the construction of a student commons and attracted the $11 million necessary to build Madonna Hall, where single mothers may live and learn with their children in community.”
Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in theology from St. Louis University; and a Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College.
For more information regarding College of St. Mary, please visit the university’s website at www.csm.edu.

 
Schemmer Welcomes David J. Petrocchi, P.E.
As Water and Wastewater Engineering Group Manager
The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer) recently announced that David J. Petrocchi, P.E., has joined the firm as a senior professional engineer and will lead Schemmer’s water and wastewater engineering group out of the Council Bluffs, Iowa office.
Petrocchi is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, and has 40 years of experience as a consulting engineer, an interim city engineer and a city wastewater treatment plant manager and environmental programs manager.  His experience includes work in both public and private industries ranging from residential and commercial land development projects to complex wastewater treatment facilites to stormawater permits, sanitary sewer and water distribution and sewer outflow programs.  At Schemmer, Petrocchi will lead the water/wastewater group in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.  
He holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master of science in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He has received national and state awards for operational excellence and safety.
For more information regarding The Schemmer Associates, Inc., please go to
www.schemmer.com.

Adams & Sullivan Adds Miller as Attorney
Adams & Sullivan, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys at Law, has expanded its legal team with the addition of attorney Molly J. Miller.
Originally from LeMars, Iowa, Miller is relocating to the Omaha area after ten years with Amoni Law Offices, P.C. in Aurora, Ill., where she worked as an associate attorney. A graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Ill., she earned her undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.
“Adding Molly to our firm will allow us to expand our expertise in the areas of personal injury law and litigation,” said Patrick J. Sullivan. “The focus of her background will help support our business clients specifically, but also strengthen our core client services and further expand our versatility.”
Adams & Sullivan Law and its predecessors have been a fixture in the Greater Omaha legal community since 1951. The firm has legal expertise in real estate matters, business planning from formation to complex business transactions, estate planning, probate and trust law, municipal and school law, Public Service Commission and Nebraska State Administrative issues, criminal defense, family law and personal injury claims after accidents caused by negligence. The firm’s diverse clientele includes families, businesses, school districts and sanitary improvement districts.
Additional information about Adams & Sullivan Law can be found at the company’s website, www.adamsandsullivan.com.


Lamson, Dugan & Murray Names Grams Partner
Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP recently announced that Jason W. Grams has been named a partner of the firm. Grams’ practice is focused on complex lititgation, predominantly in the federal courts. He represents clients in the transportation, energy, food safety, insurance, financial and business services industries in business disputes, federal administrative and regulatory actions, environmental, employment, and general litigation, and accounting, legal and medical malpractice matters.
Grams is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Nebraska and Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association (House of Delegates, Leadership Academy 2014), the Iowa State Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association.  Grams is the Nebraska delegate to the Eighth Circuit Federal Advisory Committee, a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and president of the Robert M. Spire American Inns of Court.
Prior to joining the firm, Grams served as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.  He graduated, with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers, and served as executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and member of the national moot court team.  Before law school, he was a senior manager in the marketing services industry.
For more information regarding Lamson, Dugan & Murray, please visit the firm’s website at www.ldmlaw.com
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Non-partisanship Rules Ashford’s Event
Brad Ashford earns a standing ovation from Judge Laurie Smith Camp and her fellow federal jurists, from left Thomas Thalken, Joseph Bataillon, Richard Kopf, John Gerrard and Lyle Strom, as well as the courtroom gallery of well-wishers. Ashford was sworn in – for the second time – in a ceremony the morning of January 26 at the Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse in downtown Omaha. Judge Smith Camp administered the oath.
Ashford noted that he was sitting outside the Russell Building where Sen. Roman Hruska had his office some 45 years ago and thinking, “I sure wish I could have one of these jobs like Sen. Hruska’s.” He marveled that now he was being sworn in in the building named after Sen. Hruska.
Offering some remarks were former U.S. Rep. John Cavanaugh and Ashford’s law school classmate Joe Bataillon. Smith Camp said it was the hope of the court that similar swearing-in ceremonies for federal elected officials be held in Omaha to emphasize their service to the state.
Just as Ashford has pledged throughout his years of service in the Nebraska Unicameral, the gathering was non-political. Cavanaugh paraphrased John F. Kennedy, saying, “This is a celebration not of party but of freedom.” He noted that the notion was deeply ingrained in the Ashford family: “Brad’s mother was the head of Republicans for Cavanaugh!”
Rep. Ashford, who is a Democrat, campaigned on bipartisanship. He paraphrased the late Sen. Ed Zorinsky saying, “We are members of the United States Congress, not the Republican or Democratic Congress. When we are sworn in, we are no longer a Republican or Democratic candidate. We are U.S. Representatives.” He noted that his colleagues in Washington are already sick of him noting, “I tell them we have a unicameral in Nebraska; it’s non-partisan. They say, ‘Yes, we know, Brad.’”
But that non-partisanship that we enjoy here, he said, “has to be returned to our Congress. … I will always put my constituents above party and above special interests. I’ll listen to anybody.”

Michaela Smith finds McGrath North to be a perfect fit for her skills.
–  Photo by Michael Tran
Smith:
Ordinary Name, Extra-ordinary Attorney

Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Teachers make a difference. They can inspire, mentor, and even help a student find his or her direction in life. At least that’s what happened to Michaela A. Smith, an attorney and shareholder at McGrath North.
When she was pursuing her undergraduate degree in political science at Loyola University Chicago, several of her teachers were lawyers, and the way that they approached the material piqued her interest in the field.
To “test the waters” as to whether or not she would like to pursue a law degree, she got an internship at the Cook County State Attorney’s office which, according to its website, says it is the “second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation, second only to Los Angeles County.”

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You can learn more about her firm at www.mcgrathnorth.com.

 

Dave Houghton and Mary Vandenack are photographed in the lobby of their Aksarben Village offices, one of two locations their new firm will occupy.

Houghton Vandenack Williams Whitted Weaver Parsonage
The Anatomy of a Law Firm Merger
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
It’s a match made in heaven. Principals of two successful Omaha law firms are sure of it.
This could be a primer for how to merge two law firms to become one complete, “full-service” firm. Let’s see how it came about.
Dave Houghton, of Houghton Whitted Weaver LLC, and Mary Vandenack, of Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC, got together for coffee in August and talked about American Bar Association topics. Dave casually mentioned that he was looking for one or two lawyers “on the transaction side” to back up the corporate skills of members of his firm.

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AIA Omaha Announces New Board of Directors;
Spencer Elected 2015 President
AIA Omaha, the Omaha chapter of the American Institute of Architects, recently elected new leadership and two new directors to serve on the 2015 Board of Directors who will provide the chapter with vital vision and direction.
Continuing the Chapter’s member-focused and community outreach programs, the new and continuing directors will guide the chapter’s many existing programs offered to local members and to the community, including the annual Lecture Series, Design Challenge scholarship program for high school students and Omaha Home Tour.

AIA Omaha’s 2015 president Brian Spencer said, “AIA Omaha welcomes the new Board of Directors with gratitude and excitement for the renewed momentum for achieving the chapter's goals. We look forward to raising the image and profile of architects and architecture in the Omaha community.”
The new 2015 AIA Omaha board members include: Brian Spencer, AIA – president, partner with RDG Planning & Design; Jared Gerber, AIA – vice president/president-elect, principal and owner of Gerber Architecture; Caleb Rogers, AIA – treasurer, architect with Holland Basham Architects; Matthew DeBoer, AIA – secretary, architect with HDR Architecture, Inc.; Greg Galbreath, AIA – director, architect with BCDM Architects in Omaha, and Craig Park, Assoc. AIA – associate director, managing principal of The Sextant Group’s Omaha office.
The returning members of the AIA Omaha Board of Directors include: Bob Soukup, AIA – past-president, architect with Carlson West Povondra Architects; Greg Staskiewicz, AIA – director, architect at Robert W. Engel & Associates Architects and Ross Miller, MBA, Assoc. AIA, EDAC – associate director, designer/project coordinator with HDR Architecture, Inc.
For more information regarding the Omaha chapter of the American Institute of Architects, please go to www.aiaomaha.org.

 
State Farm Welcomes Agent Matt Rowe to Omaha
State Farm recently welcomed new agent Matt Rowe to its family of Good Neighbor Agents in Omaha. The Matt Rowe agency is located at 4845 N 72nd St.
Rowe brings more than 6 years of insurance and financial experience to his agency after having previously worked for two State Farm agents in Nebraska.  Prior to joining State Farm, Rowe served for 13 years in the U.S. military.  He is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato, where he studied business management and recreation management. He is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Rowe’s office includes staff members Candace Purvis and Andrea Wilson, who are well prepared to help customers with their insurance and financial services needs.  Purvis is a veteran of State Farm with more than 23 years of experience.  Wilson recently completed her service in the U.S. Navy.
For more information about Matt Rowe’s State Farm office, please visit the agency’s website at www.mattroweinsurance.com.

From left to right: Andrea Wilson, State Farm agent Matt Rowe and Candace Purvis.

Lifelong Educator Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
Named President of University of Nebraska  
       
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has appointed Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D., as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska. Bounds will begin his tenure as president on April 13, 2015.
Bounds, a first-generation traditional college student who has spent his entire 25-year career in education – first as a high school teacher, then as a principal, superintendent and state superintendent – currently serves as commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. He was selected for the NU presidency among four public finalists following an extensive national search that engaged hundreds of Nebraskans, including nearly three dozen key university constituents who served on a pair of search committees tasked with assisting the Board in identifying the right candidate to build on the University of Nebraska’s impressive trajectory.
 Since 2009, Bounds has served as the chief executive officer of Mississippi’s public university system, which includes four research universities, four regional universities and an academic health science center. Among the universities are two land-grant institutions, three historically black institutions, a law center, a school of veterinary medicine, and 200 institutes and centers. Together, the system enrolls about 85,000 students, employs more than 26,000 faculty and staff, and operates with a combined annual budget of approximately $4.5 billion including an average of more than $500 million in research and development.
For more information regarding the University of Nebraska, please go to www.nebraska.edu.

P&L Technology Adds to Team
P&L Technology, Inc. recently announced that Michael Hartung and Tom Formanek have joined its network operations center in Omaha. Hartung works as a system administrator, providing customer-focused technical response, support and provisioning of managed service solutions. He has more than four years of technical support and implementation experience. Most recently, he worked at PayPal in a Level 2 technical position. Hartung earned an associate of applied sciences degree in computer network systems.
Formanek has taken on the role of field technician providing network support at client sites. His background includes experience as a network/classroom administrator for 1Staff Training and as a network/server administrator for RVC, Inc. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Bellevue University. For more information regarding P&L Technology, please visit www.pltechnology.com.

 


 
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From left to right: Fatu Kamara, health educator in the lead poisoning prevention program; Celeste Ehrenberg, community health educator; Mubanga Chongo-Ofafa, lead risk assessor in the lead poisoning prevention program, and Allen Brown, president of the Nebraska Environmental Health Association.
Douglas County Health Department
Hires and Honors

Allen Brown, supervisor of sanitation control and engineering for the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), has been named president of the Nebraska Environmental Health Association.
Brown grew up in Nebraska and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He previously worked in environmental health for the health department in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The Douglas County Health Department also has made some recent hires in the Environmental Services Division. Fatu Kamara has joined DCHD as health educator in the lead poisoning prevention program. A native of Maryland, she has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University and a master’s in public health from the University of Toledo.  Kamara previously has worked with health departments in Washington, D.C. and Ohio. She recently worked abroad on an HIV/AIDS research team.
Mubanga Chongo-Ofafa has joined the Douglas County Health Department as a lead risk assessor in the lead poisoning prevention program. A long-time Omaha resident, she previously worked as a chemist for Cargill and Novartis. With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she is pursuing her master’s degree in public health from Still University.
Celeste Ehrenberg has joined DCHD as community health educator. She is originally from Columbus, Nebr., and has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Wayne State College, and a master’s degree in health promotion from Mississippi State University. Ehrenberg previously worked as the employee wellness coordinator for Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and in community outreach for a running specialty store in Michigan.

Judge Julie A. Martin Sworn In
To Serve On Bench of Nebraska
Workers’ Compensation Court

Judge Julie A. Martin was recently sworn in to serve on the bench of the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. Judge Laureen Van Norman administered the oath of office.
Governor Dave Heineman appointed Judge Martin on December 23, 2015, following the resignation of Judge Michael K. High on November 30, 2014. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court is composed of seven judges who are initially appointed by the governor. A judge is then subject to a retention vote by the electorate three years after his or her appointment and every six years thereafter.
From 2004 until her appointment to the bench, Judge Martin worked as an attorney for Nolan, Olson & Stryker. Prior to that, she worked as an attorney for Rehm, Bennett & Moore. At these law firms, she has served with an emphasis on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and wrongful death.
Judge Martin is a member of the State Bar Associations of Nebraska and Iowa, the United States District Court for the State of Nebraska and Southern District of Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her earned juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1994. Judge Martin graduated cum laude from both schools.
Judge Martin volunteers in the Omaha community through her church, including serving communion to the homebound and serving meals in local shelters. She is also active in her children’s youth sports activities, serving as coach and team manager.

Rembolt Ludtke Names Moore as Partner
Rembolt Ludtke LLP recently announced that Benjamin E. Moore has become a partner with the firm.
Moore, who joined Rembolt Ludtke in 2009, primarily focuses his practice on tax law, creditors’ rights, real estate and business transactions. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with highest distinction, and holds a bachelor of science, summa cum laude, from Kansas State University. He is a member of both the Lincoln and the Nebraska Bar Associations, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Moore also serves on the board of directors for Clinic With a Heart.
For more information, please go to Rembolt Ludtke’s website at www.remboltlawfirm.com.


Fiddler Named Partner at Woods & Aitken
Woods & Aitken recently announced that Jill D. Fiddler has been named a partner in the firm.
A member of the firm’s Transactions department, Fiddler focuses her practice on real estate and business planning.   In real estate, she advises and represents clients on a variety of transactions including the purchase, development, sale, financing and leasing of real estate.  Fiddler also counsels clients on business planning, acquisitions and dispositions.  She has experience in the formation of business e2ntities, including corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.  Fiddler is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, Omaha Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women and Leadership Lincoln Fellows Class XXV.
 For more information regarding Woods & Aitken, please go to the firm’s website at www.woodsaitken.com.

 
Hitz Joins Carlson & Burnett as Partner
Carlson & Burnett, LLP recently announced that Rich Hitz has joined the firm as a partner.  For fifteen years, Hitz has represented individuals and families in all types of nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury and workers compensation lawsuits throughout Nebraska. Hitz will strengthen Carlson & Burnett’s continued commitment to protecting and vindicating the rights of people who are injured by the negligence of others.
Hitz earned his juris doctorate from the University Of Nebraska College of Law.  He is an active member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorney’s Governing Board and Political Action Committee.  Hitz is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Association for Justice, the AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Omaha and Sarpy County Bar Associations.  Hitz is a veteran and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For more information regarding Carlson & Burnett, please go to the firm’s website at www.carlsonburnett.com.


Blackford Opens Blackford Law LLC
Attorney Brian J. Blackford has opened Blackford Law LLC, an immigration law practice specializing in removal/deportation defense and family-based immigration.  The law office is located at 503 S. 36th St. in midtown Omaha.
Blackford has years of experience navigating the immigration system on behalf of his clients in the areas of cancellation of removal, asylum, adjustment of status, NACARA, TPS, consular processing, VAWA, U-Visas, DACA, SIJS, religious worker visas, citizenship, and waivers of inadmissibility.  He has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Blackford is a passionate advocate for immigrant rights who is active in the local and national levels of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and Immigration Law Section Executive Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Southern Sudan Community Association in Omaha.  It is Blackford’s intention for Blackford Law to have a positive impact on the immigrant community through successful courtroom advocacy and community involvement and activism.
Blackford received his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 2008, where he earned certificates of concentration in international and comparative law, litigation, and criminal law.
For more information regarding Blackford Law, please go to BlackfordLawLLC.com. You may also contact Brian by phone at 402.933.4090 or via email Brian@BlackfordLawLLC.com.


Adams & Sullivan Adds Miller as Attorney
Adams & Sullivan, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys at Law, has expanded its legal team with the addition of attorney Molly J. Miller.
Originally from LeMars, Iowa, Miller is relocating to the Omaha area after ten years with Amoni Law Offices, P.C. in Aurora, Ill., where she worked as an associate attorney. A graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Ill., she earned her undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.
“Adding Molly to our firm will allow us to expand our expertise in the areas of personal injury law and litigation,” said Patrick J. Sullivan. “The focus of her background will help support our business clients specifically, but also strengthen our core client services and further expand our versatility.”
Adams & Sullivan Law and its predecessors have been a fixture in the Greater Omaha legal community since 1951. The firm has legal expertise in real estate matters, business planning from formation to complex business transactions, estate planning, probate and trust law, municipal and school law, Public Service Commission and Nebraska State Administrative issues, criminal defense, family law and personal injury claims after accidents caused by negligence. The firm’s diverse clientele includes families, businesses, school districts and sanitary improvement districts.
Additional information about Adams & Sullivan Law can be found at the company’s website, www.adamsandsullivan.com.


Lamson, Dugan & Murray Names Grams Partner
Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP recently announced that Jason W. Grams has been named a partner of the firm. Grams’ practice is focused on complex lititgation, predominantly in the federal courts. He represents clients in the transportation, energy, food safety, insurance, financial and business services industries in business disputes, federal administrative and regulatory actions, environmental, employment, and general litigation, and accounting, legal and medical malpractice matters.
Grams is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Nebraska and Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association (House of Delegates, Leadership Academy 2014), the Iowa State Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association.  Grams is the Nebraska delegate to the Eighth Circuit Federal Advisory Committee, a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and president of the Robert M. Spire American Inns of Court.
Prior to joining the firm, Grams served as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.  He graduated, with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers, and served as executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and member of the national moot court team.  Before law school, he was a senior manager in the marketing services industry.
For more information regarding Lamson, Dugan & Murray, please visit the firm’s website at www.ldmlaw.com
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