TUESDAY, February 28, 2017

– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Young Lawyers’ CLE Series a Hit
The second in the Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s “Just the Basics” CLE Series, held on February 8, is in the books. The series, organized for the benefit of attorneys looking to learn more in general areas of the law in a small, casual atmosphere, has established itself as a first-rate CLE series. A lot of information is packed into a lively one-hour session, whose topics are presented by members of the YLD. Justin Hochstein of Hochstein Strategic Legal Planning (far right) presented this session on Estate Planning and Tax Law. He covered: The Four Pillars of the Estate Plan; What Is a Trust?; Taxation of Estates; Proposed Changes (estate and tax law) under President Trump; and Common Mistakes and Pitfalls with Estate Planning. His presentation was equal parts meticulous detail and subtle humor.  
The next session – “Personal Injury Law” – is slated for March 22, once again at Corkscrew. All OBA members are welcome.

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Above, the first in a women’s empowerment series – Transcending the Transition: Dare to Dream –  presented by the Koenig | Dunne law firm was held Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, at UNO’s Thompson Center.  Above from left are the law firm’s partners Angela Dunne, Susan Koenig and Angela Lennon.

Transcending the Transition: Dare to Dream
The women’s empowerment series of Koenig | Dunne PC, LLO  seeks to provide women the tools to implement a plan of action in their lives. Some are facing or have faced divorce, others widowhood, others job and location changes – many kinds of transitions.
The first session, “Transcending Your Transition,” was guided by Susan Koenig and Angela Dunne. In addition to being the founding partner of the firm, Koenig is also a life coach, teaching leaders to make their greatest contribution.
Dunne is a divorce lawyer and managing partner of the firm. She focuses on assisting clients during their time of tough transition by helping women view their options from an enlightened lens.
Upcoming sessions, held once a month for the next four months, are entitled:
• Mapping Out Your Joy Journey
• Taking Control: Financial
  Strategies for Women
• Healthy Habits
• From Possibility to Practice
Two other speakers will be featured: Brook Thompson, a District Manager with Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors in Omaha and Lora McCarville, the lead teacher at Lotus House of Yoga and a yoga instructor for Creighton  University athletes.
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From left, Scott Meyers, Rick Turner, and Gary Bren celebrated Turner Technology’s 25th anniversary with an open house in Omaha in November.

Turner Technology
‘We Put People Ahead of Technology’

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Gary Bren and Rick Turner had been working together in IT at the same company, and had become increasingly frustrated by their experience. Turner left that company, and in January 1991, started what became Turner & Associates.
By the fo
llowing January, Bren had become his business partner and, by June, Scott Meyers had also joined the company as a partner. Twenty-five years later, the full-service IT provider has expanded significantly, from four employees and eight clients to 24 full-time employees and between 160 to 180 active clients. And the changes keep coming.
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Koukol & Johnson Welcomes Milone to Firm
Koukol & Johnson, LLC recently announced that Mark J. Milone has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  Milone has been practicing law in the State of Nebraska for over 32 years.
He most recently served as a partner in the law firm of Govier & Milone, L.L.P. where he practiced for over 20 years.  He is a member of the Omaha, Nebraska and American Bar Associations. Milone’s practice focuses on the areas of divorce, small business, trusts, wills and probate of estates.  He has successfully argued cases before the County Court, District Court, Nebraska Court of Appeals, and Nebraska Supreme Court.
For more information regarding the law firm of Koukol & Johnson, please visit the firm’s website at: www.westomahalaw.com.

Koenig|Dunne Announces Partnership
Koenig¦Dunne recently announced that attorney Angela Lennon has been named a partner of the firm. Lennon joined Koenig¦Dunne in 2008 and became an associate attorney in 2012.
Lennon focuses her practice on divorce, collaborative divorce, and estate planning.
Lennon received her Bachelors of Arts in political science and women’s studies from Vassar College and earned her juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law.
She is the current chair of the Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Her work with the Young Lawyers Division contributed to the Omaha Bar Association’s receipt of the 2016 Visionary Award from the Nebraska State Bar Association. In addition, Lennon served as president of the Nebraska Women’s Bar Association in 2014 and 2016, and she is a member of the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha Circles Group.
Lennon was a contributor to Divorce in Nebraska: The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect, published in 2013. She is also the co-author of the Nebraska Lawyer Article, “The Changing Face of Families: In the Place of Primary Parenthood.”
Angela Dunne, Managing Partner of Koenig¦Dunne says, “Angela’s contributions to our firm are invaluable and we look forward to her success as a partner as she continues to be a leader in the firm and in the law.”
For more information regarding the law firm of Koenig | Dunne,  please visit the firm’s website: www.koenigdunne.com

Vandenack Weaver LLC
Expands with the Addition of Two Attorneys
The law firm of Vandenack Weaver LLC recently announced the addition of Kermit A. Brashear and James S. Pieper as lawyers and counselors for the firm.
Brashear joins the firm Of Counsel and advises boards of directors and management as general and special counsel.  His expertise includes negotiating mergers and acquisitions, handling workouts, restructurings, significant litigation and general representation.

Pieper specializes in complex statutory, administrative, constitutional, political and financial issues requiring research and analysis. His experience includes major financing and development transactions, analysis and preparation of policies for churches, private schools and other nonprofits, and a variety of administrative and governmental matters.  
For more information regarding the law firm of Vandenack Weaver LLC, please go to the firm’s website at:

McGrath North Expands Three Practice Groups
McGrath North recently announced the expansion of three practice groups with the addition of new attorneys. These three attorneys will provide legal guidance on a full spectrum of issues within the Labor and Employment, Business and Corporate and Litigation practice groups.
“Our new attorneys have done extremely well academically, all have worked at McGrath North while in law school and have great backgrounds for their practice areas,” said Roger Wells, President of McGrath North.  “We are pleased to have them join the firm and they will be a great asset as we strive to provide the high-level of service our clients expect.”

Cody Elyse Brookhouser joins McGrath North’s Labor and Employment practice group.  She will advise clients on labor and employment issues including discrimination, wage and hour issues and collective bargaining. Brookhouser was a McGrath North law clerk during law school and served as a judicial clerk to the honorable Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the 2015-2016 term. She received a J.D., with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2015 and a B.S., cum laude from the University of Arkansas in 2012.
Rachel C. Meyer joins the firm’s Business and Corporate practice group and will focus her practice on commercial and corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and advise clients on general business planning and corporate governance matters. She will also work in the health care area to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to health care professionals and providers. Meyer worked as a McGrath North law clerk while attending Creighton University School of Law. She received her J.D., magna cum laude from Creighton in 2016, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (with emphasis in public health) with two citations from Dartmouth College in 2013 and a B.A. with double honors from Boston College in 2010.
Matthew Munro joins McGrath North’s Litigation practice group. Building on his McGrath North law clerk experience, Munro will counsel clients on dispute resolution and will be involved in all phases of litigation and arbitration matters.  Munro participated in McGrath North’s summer law clerk program for two years and received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 2016 and a B.A. from William Jewell College in 2013.
For more information regarding McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, please go to the firm’s website at: www.mcgrathnorth.com.

McGrath North Announces Return of Leo Knowles
McGrath North recently announced the return of Leo Knowles to the firm.
From 1976 through 2006, Knowles practiced law with McGrath North, concentrating on litigation matters.  He served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, bench trials and appeals in federal and state courts in Nebraska and other jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Knowles joined ConAgra in 2006 as senior vice president and chief litigation counsel.  In this role, he was responsible for the management of the company’s litigation and environmental matters.
 “[Knowles] was one of the firm’s leaders for many years and we are very happy and fortunate to have him back with our firm,” said Roger Wells, president of McGrath North. “[Knowles] has tremendous litigation and client experience and possesses judgment and a unique ability to simplify and resolve complex disputes. [Knowles] will be a great asset and resource for both McGrath North and our clients.”
Knowles earned his J.D., cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law in 1976.
For more information regarding McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, please go to the firm’s website at: www.mcgrathnorth.com.

Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith
Names Three New Senior Associates
Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith, P.C. recently announced that Justin K. Burroughs, Kristina J. Kamler and Garrett A. Lutovsky have  been named senior associates with the firm.
Burroughs is a graduate of the University of Missouri and University of Missouri School of Law. He has been an associate with the firm since 2008 and practices in the firm’s workers’ compensation defense group handling all aspects of litigation throughout the states of Nebraska and Iowa. He is a member of the Omaha Bar Association and is licensed to practice in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.
Kamler is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – College of Journalism and the Creighton University Law School. She has been an associate with the firm since 2008. Kamler practices insurance coverage and defense litigation across all lines, concentrating on construction defect, transportation, contract disputes, and Medicare/Medicaid matters.  She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Nebraska and Iowa, as well as the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She was an editor of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Civil Practice and Procedure Manual and authored the firm’s compendium for settling claims in accordance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.
Lutovsky is a graduate of North Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska College of Law. He has been an associate with the firm since 2012 and practices in the firm’s workers’ compensation defense group handling all aspects of litigation throughout the states of Nebraska and Iowa. He is currently a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).
For more information regarding the law firm of Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith, P.C., please go to: www.ekoklawfirm.com.


Sikh men are known for their religious practice of wearing turbans.
– Photos by Scott Kurz, Anti-Defamation League of Omaha
Forum Seeks to Further Understanding,
Acceptance, Among Those of Different Faiths

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

“Our country is at its best when it is diverse,” said Deborah Gilg, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska. “We are a country of immigrants. … We will pull together. We will unify just like when a mosque in Texas was burned to the ground, and a local rabbi went to the imam, and handed him the keys to the synagogue. This is the true spirit of what we are about. But right now, fear is our common denominator...”
And nowhere has this fear been felt more than by those in certain religious communities. That’s why the Anti-Defamation League Plains States Region (ADL-CRC), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department presented “Protecting Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian Communities” to over 110 attendees on February 10 at the Boy’s Town Conference Center in Omaha.
The three-hour forum was in three parts. First, members of the law enforcement community: including the FBI, Omaha Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska, Omaha Human Rights Commission and University of Nebraska at Omaha Police Department; gave information about the law regarding discrimination and hate crimes. Then members of the religious community, specifically Muslims, Sikhs, and Jews, talked about their experiences. Finally, the audience was told about some resources that are available to them.

Several members of the Sikh community attended the joint U.S. Department of Justice, City of Omaha,
and Anti-Defamation League forum to educate and inform the audience about their religion and issues facing them.

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– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
A View from the Regulators
Special Agent Nathaniel Hines of the FBI Cyber Task Force in the Omaha Division (above), was one of the presenters at the  Nebraska Attorney General’s Nebraska Charities Conference 2017: “A View from the Regulators.” Hines spoke on protecting personal information, highlighting the growing cyber threats and how to guard against them. A panel, moderated by Abigail M. Stempson, assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection Division; and consisting of Julie Agena, Nebraska Assistant Counsel for Discipline, and Daniel Russell, assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division; discussed the ethical considerations. Several attorneys who represent or counsel charities attended.
Participants also heard from Associate General Counsel David Wilson of the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office; Steve Drzaic, revenue educator at the Nebraska Department of Revenue; and Deb Weber, gaming policy analyst at the Nebraska Department of Revenue in the Charitable Gaming Division.
The seminar was held in the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building of Bellevue University. The seminar was part of Bellevue’s plan to reach out to the community and host more similar events.

Even after 50 years of practicing law, local attorney Jerry Strasheim says “there’s a lot to learn and a lot of things you might miss” in the legal profession.

Living Legend Jerry Strasheim
‘Better than Ever’ After 50-plus Years

By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

You won’t find Jerrold L. Strasheim in a multi-story steel and glass west Omaha structure, working in a spacious office behind a door with a sign that strings several attorneys’ names together.
Instead, this longtime attorney’s hard at work in a modest, unspectacular, utilitarian one-story structure on Dodge Street, a structure resembling a small mini-mall, across the street and down a block from the Mutual of Omaha building in the city’s midtown area. He has an office there at 3610 Dodge St., in Suite 212, sharing the building with firms like Sandhills Heating and Cooling, H&R Block and Omaha Communications.
His small office is filled with piles of files. He knows where everything is located since he is his own staff. He’s not a newly minted lawyer who is just starting out. Strasheim has been practicing law for decades: in many cases, longer than some of his colleagues have been alive.
“I don’t know what it was that got me into law, but I’ve been at it for well over 50 years,” Strasheim said, adding before being asked, “I’m 85 years old. I was born in 1931.”

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Pam Spaccarotella credits the Air Force with learning “how to follow first before you could lead.”

LGT Transport
Woman Shines in Non-traditional Role
As Founder of Omaha Trucking Company

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

A desire for job security, the chance to be her own boss, and a background that provides a strong foundation led Pam Spaccarotella to found LGT Transport, LLC in 2012.
Spaccarotella acknowledged that it is a very male-oriented industry. Finding financial backing was difficult, she said, but it was a female banker who took a chance on the company.
“You try different avenues to get where you want to be,” she said. “I first started with a business plan for 15 trucks. Some banks were interested but the underwriters weren’t.”
She eventually downsized her plan from 15 trucks to five and found support from a bank that was recognized for SBA loans.
“I knew I could do it if I could just get the door to open.”

LGT Transport now has more than 70 trucks on the road nationwide.

Two years later, the company boasted 40 trucks and offices in four states. Revenues more than doubled and net income quadrupled from 2013 to 2014.
Spaccarotella attributes the rapid growth of the company to the many things they do well.
– Additional reporting by Lorraine Boyd


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Limited Scope Ethics Tackled by NSBA
The Nebraska State Bar Association held a seminar devoted to the ethics of limited scope representation in Omaha on February 9. Presenters were Scott Hahn of Hightower Reff Law and chair of the NSBA’s Limited Scope Representation Section, left, and Brian Craig, a staff attorney at Disability Rights Nebraska and chair of the NSBA’s Public Interest Law Section. They focused on how public interest lawyers and pro bono attorneys can use limited scope representation to assist a greater number of clients and promote the administration of justice. The well-attended presentation was full of detailed examples. Participants earned two hours of ethics credit. It was also available for viewing via live webcast.
Court of Appeals Welcomes New Judge
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

David K. Arterburn was formally sworn in as a Nebraska Court of Appeals, 4th Judicial District judge on Friday, Feb. 10, in the Warner Legislative Chamber of Nebraska State Capitol. The 4th District covers Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Judge Todd J. Hutton, County Court 2nd Judicial District, served as host for the ceremony and Judge William B. Zastera, District Court 2nd Judicial District, administered the oath of office.
After Arterburn, 59, earned an associate degree from York College in 1977, he continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1978 and 1982, respectively, then his juris doctor in 1985.
Arterburn began his career as a deputy county attorney in Red Willow County, McCook, Neb. He worked in this capacity and as a private practice lawyer from 1986 to 1991. He then joined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a staff attorney in Omaha. The following year, he left to work as a Nebraska assistant attorney general in Lincoln, where he worked until his judicial appointment in 2005. He was also a special assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 2005.
He served as a District Court judge in the 2nd Judicial District (Sarpy, Cass and Otoe counties) from 2005 until his appointment to the Court of Appeals. He also served as judge of the Sarpy County Adult Drug Court for eight years.
He has been active in the Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, as well as often serving as a speaker on a variety of legal topics. He is a youth soccer and baseball coach in Papillion and a high school and youth soccer referee in Omaha.
Arterburn was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in December 2016. He replaced John F. Irwin, who retired from the Court of Appeals in November 2016 after 24 years on the bench.


Pulp Paperie + Gifts is one of the many creative new businesses in the Blackstone District.

‘I never considered myself an entrepreneur’
Omaha Woman’s ‘Dream Business’
Earns Chamber of Commerce Honor

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

After moving to Omaha in 2012, Erin Luong struggled. One dead end after another.
“I went through a rough patch in my life where nothing was working,” she recalled.
But, instead of withering, the single mother of two boys flipped the page – and created her own opportunity.

Erin Luong is the owner of a business whose “main focus is providing stylish and modern products that are made in the USA using sustainable methods.”

“I made the decision to commit all my time and energy into building my dream business. One that would improve the local economy and community with a focus on sustainable goods and social giving,” she said. “I sat down with a cheap $.29 spiral notebook that day and that’s how Pulp’s story began.”

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community

JANUARY 31 through MAY 23, 2017
Transcending Your Transition: An Empowerment Series for Women
Presented by Koenig | Dunne
The Thompson Center
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6705 Dodge St., Omaha
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2017
Tuesday Nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 For More Information: www.nebraskadivorce.com
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
UNL: Life on the Judiciary Panel
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 1, 2017
Omaha Bar Association
22nd Annual Lunch with Fenner
Creighton University
Harper Center Ballroom
2500 California Plaza, Omaha
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com
MARCH 1, 2017
Omaha Legal Professionals Association
OLPA March Board Meeting
Erickson | Sederstrom
10330 Regency Parkway Dr., Suite 100, Omaha
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com
MARCH 2 through MARCH 3, 2017
Southwest Iowa Lawyer League
Annual Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Hilton Garden Inn
2702 Mid America Dr., Council Bluffs
For More Information: swilliowa.com
MARCH 3, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
Guardian ad Litem Training
Mid Plains Community College
North Platte, Nebraska
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 4, 2017
Nebraska Legal Professionals Association
2017 Spring Seminar
Grand Island Police Department Conference Room
111 Public Safety Dr., Grand Island
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: http://www.nebraskalegalprofessionals.org
MARCH 6, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
Financial Exploitation of the Vulnerable: Beyond the Direct Impact
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 9, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
Lighthouses in the Fog: Navigating the Gray Areas of Subject Matter
Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. §101
Creighton University School of Law, Room 124
2500 California Plz., Omaha
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 10, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
2017 YLS Best Practices Seminar
Creighton University School of Law
2133 Cass St., Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 10, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
UNL: The Limits of Executive Power: The Obama-Trump Transition
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 10, 2017
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP
Employment Law Series 2017: ADA and FMLA Panel Seminar
Champions Run
13800 Eagle Run Dr., Omaha
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Social Hour: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.akclaw.com/Seminars.shtml
MARCH 14, 2017
Omaha Bar Association
Medical Legal Dinner
Marriott Regency
10220 Regency Circle, Omaha
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com
MARCH 16, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
UNL: The National Security Agency and Public Privacy: Did the Telephone Metadata Collection Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
MARCH 16, 2017
Creighton University School of Law
Creighton Law Review Annual Symposium
Harper Center Hixon-Lied Auditorium
602 North 20th Street, Omaha
1:30-4:30pm, Reception to follow
MARCH 23-24
Creighton University | Werner Institute | 2040 Initiative
50 Years of Loving: Seeking Justice Through Love and Relationships
Omaha, Nebraska

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