Katie Glissman Home is Where the Jobs Are: New York and Omaha 10/30/18 10/30/18 8:15:32 AM
Printer Friendly Version
Katie Glissman juggles dual homes 2,000 miles apart, a demanding legal job and an infant daughter with equal aplomb. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)
Home is Where the Jobs Are: New York and Omaha
By Elizabeth A. Elliott
The Daily Record
Finding Kathryn “Katie” Kotlik Glissman in her office at Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP. can be tough to do.
That’s because she spends part of her time in the Big Apple.
Her husband, Garth, works for the National Basketball Association in New York City, which puts quite a strain on their living situation.
“Garth’s job took us to New York City a couple years ago, so I split time between our homes in New York City and Omaha,” she said.
As if that wasn’t tough enough, the couple added to the family earlier this year. Baby Grace is the newest member of their family, welcomed on July 22.
“We are, of course, infatuated with her,” Glissman said. “And after nine months of pregnancy, I am looking forward to getting back into my two favorite activities: running and competitive volleyball.”
The Glissman’s are both Nebraska natives who met in an Omaha bar in 2014 during Berkshire Hathaway weekend when Garth overheard Katie telling a friend a lawyer joke
“I could not help but interject,” Garth said. “From the moment we met, we just clicked.”
Like her attraction to Garth, Glissman was drawn to the law and it just clicked.
“I liked writing and the lawyers I knew were bright, thoughtful people,” she said. “I was also on the mock trial team in college and, although I decided not to go the litigation route, the positive experience I had during college helped drive me to pursue law school.”
Glissman started working at Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP in May 2010 as a student law clerk. She spent two years clerking for the firm while in law school and, after passing the bar exam in the summer of 2012, accepted a full-time position with the firm. In January, she was made a partner at the firm.
A transactional lawyer, Glissman advises clients on, and drafts and negotiates contracts for, business deals.
“Part of my practice is focused on a particular industry – construction, ownership and operation of power plant projects – but I also do a lot of traditional corporate and real estate work for clients in all kinds of industries,” she said.
Glissman’s legal focus is anything but traditional, especially for a female.
“You’re right, my job takes me to areas that are not handled traditionally by women,” she said. “It all started with some work in the construction field which concentrated on a power plant. I learned a lot from a real pro. Randy Hanson (a partner with the firm who has been listed for years in 'Best Lawyers' for Energy Law) has been a great mentor and has taught me a lot. You know what you don’t know and you need someone to sit down and teach you.
“One of the challenges transactional lawyers face is helping clients understand the value of what we provide. There are companies that sell online legal services like LLC and corporate formations, estate plans and contracts for less than what most lawyers charge for similar services. Additionally, there is a common misconception that lawyers have a bank of fit-all forms that work for certain types of transactions.”
Glissman said the goal is to draft documents that reflect what the client wants and puts them in the best possible position if there is a dispute in the future.
“Neither the general forms prepared by online legal service companies, nor fit-all forms, afford clients the same protection that the documents drafted by a lawyer for a specific transaction can,” she said.
Glissman said the part of practicing law she enjoys most is that her career is not limited to just the law.
“The nature of our work as lawyers gives us the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise about the industries in which our clients operate,” she said. “I get to work in power production when negotiating a deal for a new solar facility;
the restaurant industry when drafting a new lease for my client; and the tech world when helping my client buy or sell a website.”
Her most rewarding part of practicing law is being able to help clients get what they want, she said.
“Our clients are sophisticated in knowing, from a business perspective, what they want, but being able to walk them through the legal consequences of certain choices and then draft agreements that protect them and further their interests is the most satisfying part of being a lawyer,” she said. “We are proud of the types and range of legal work that we provide. We are a full-service business law firm, small enough to efficiently assist businesses just getting started but with the depth of experience to service individuals and businesses with complex legal matters.”
Glissman said the firm has a lot of experience in, among other areas of practice, energy law, franchise law, special needs trusts, high net worth estate planning, and trust and probate litigation.
“Our firm’s experience allows us to develop strategic and practical solutions for our clients,” she said.
She has advice for new law graduates.
“Be willing to work hard, find a good mentor, and get to know your clients and understand what they want,” she said. “In my opinion, having both a good mentor and an attitude of service towards your clients are key to becoming a good lawyer.”
Glissman earned a bachelor’s in political science from Morningside College, graduating summa cum laude in 2008. She earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, at Creighton University School of Law in 2012, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Creighton Law Review her third year of law school.
That’s when Garth entered her life.
The athletic, 6-foot-5 Garth Glissman was a walk-on, back-up quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers who started his athletic career as a walk-on Husker basketball player under Coach Barry Collier. When some coaches saw him throwing around a football, they convinced him to walk on the football team. He lettered in 2004.
He continued his education at UNL’s law school, got a job at Kutak Rock in Omaha and married Katie in 2016.
Then he took a phone call that changed their lives dramatically. Out of the blue, the NBA contacted Garth and, just like that, Nebraska’s two-sport walk-on became a senior operations director for the world’s best basketball teams, headquartered
in New York City.
That explains the couple’s dual hometowns and the frequent flier miles they have amassed over the last two years.
“We make it work,” Katie said. “And Grace is already a great traveler."