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Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO Adds Five New Attorneys
The firm of Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO (formerly known as Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia PC LLO), is pleased to announce its newest attorneys below.
Kate Rahel joined the firm as an associate. Rahel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and International Studies from Kenyon College in 2009 and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Iowa, College of Law where she served as an editor on the Iowa Law Review and was a finalist in the Van Oosterhout-Baskerville Moot Court Competition. She graduated with her Juris Doctor with High Distinction in 2014 and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. After passing the bar, Rahel clerked for judges on the Iowa Supreme Court and Nebraska  Court of Appeals. She is also the author of two published law journal articles on the topics of the right to a court interpreter and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Rahel’s practice focuses primarily on appeals, criminal defense and immigration cases.  She is fluent in Spanish and licensed to practice law in the states of Nebraska and Iowa,  as well as federal court in the District of Nebraska.
Victor F. LaPuma joined the firm as “Of Counsel”. LaPuma has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He is a  graduate of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. His undergraduate degree is from Penn State University. He served 21 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard as a Judge Advocate, 12 years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and 13 years as an attorney for Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home. He has experience with a variety of legal matters including employment, criminal, contract, family, estate, insurance and real estate matters. In addition to his legal experience, LaPuma served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and is a Certified Financial Planner. He also speaks and reads Italian and Spanish. He is active in the community as a Director of the SAC Federal Credit Union, the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Youth Care and Beyond, Inc.
Deana D. Klein joined the firm in September, 2017 as an associate, having recently returned to Nebraska from St. Louis, Missouri. Klein graduated from St Louis University where she obtained both her Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work.  During her years of practice in St. Louis, Klein practiced primarily in the area of family law and was frequently appointed to serve as Guardian ad Litem for children in contested custody litigation. She is a trained Mediator and Parenting Coordinator. Deana will be  focusing her practice in the areas of family, adoption, estate planning and other civil law areas.
Shawn Ilg joined the firm as “Of Counsel”. Ilg brings over 23 years of legal and business experience to the group. His areas of expertise include finance, real estate, human resources/employment law, contracts, bankruptcy, insurance, IT security, corporate management, and technology. Shawn started his career in banking, and after obtaining his MBA and law degrees, he became a partner in the law firm of Downing Alexander Wood & Ilg with three offices in the state. He next co-founded CoSentry, a data center and disaster recovery firm with multiple facilities in the Midwest. Ilg has had his real estate broker’s license for over 14 years; and his background as an entrepreneur and business owner allows him to give a unique perspective to his clients since he has “sat in their chair,” understands how to handle the comprehensive risks that face individuals and businesses. Ilg has spent considerable time with Nebraska Leadership Seminar, a non-profit group that conducts leadership and business programs for high school students.
Steve Karcher joined the firm as an associate. Karcher is an active and engaged member of the local community and a member of the Nebraska, Iowa and California Bars. He has an extensive background in state and federal civil litigation, personal injury, insurance, real estate, business, creditor rights, guardianship, and lemon law.  Karcher has a diverse education with a Juris Doctor from Emory University and Master of Divinity from Fresno Pacific University (where he was on the Dean’s List). Karcher is proactive and hard-working and applies his broad experience in business transactions and litigation to protect his client’s interests and earn their trust.  Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & looks forward to continuing its practice of offering quality legal representation and mediation services to its multi-cultural range of clients in the areas of criminal, civil, family, estate planning and probate, business and immigration related issues.
For more information regarding Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO please visit the firm’s website at dltlawyers.com.
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