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The son of two attorneys, Matt Kivett is making a name for himself within the Omaha legal community as a promising young attorney at Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon.            – Photo by Michael Tran        
Matt Kivett
Making His Mark in the Family Business

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Sitting in his office at Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, Matthew J. Kivett has to figure things are going pretty well in the early stage of his career.
The 30-year-old Gretna native has quickly established himself in the legal profession at the law firm where his father is managing partner. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska, including the District of Nebraska United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, while also stepping into leadership roles within the Omaha Bar and Nebraska State Bar Associations.
As part of Walentine O’Toole’s banking and commercial practice group, Kivett’s work involves representing clients in business and banking/lender matters such as real estate transactions, regulatory issues, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy proceedings, collections, foreclosures and post-foreclosure evictions.
He is an admitted “Jay-Sker,” splitting his undergraduate and law school days between Lincoln and Omaha. Kivett graduated college at UNL, where he majored in business administration and minored in history. He earned his juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 2011, he has been practicing since 2012.
And Matt may not be the last Kivett to practice law. He has a younger brother in law school at Denver University. His younger sister is also a grad student studying speech pathology at UNL.
He was basically born into the legal profession (his mother is also an attorney), so it was quite natural for Kivett to pursue law as a career.
“I’ve been around law or familiar with law most of my life due to my parents’ professions,” Kivett explained. “I think because of that it just has always been an area that has drawn my curiosity and has interested me.”
Matt Kivett is also making a mark with his service in professional organizations, which includes various roles of leadership, such as vice-president of the Bank Attorney’s Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association, having previously served as secretary and treasurer; treasurer (2015-2017) of the Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; and serving as a member of the Young Attorneys Section, Bank Attorney’s Section, Bankruptcy, and Business Law Sections of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
In addition to those duties, Kivett is on this year’s planning committee for the Commercial Real Estate Summit (CRE Summit), which takes place annually in Omaha in the spring.
When Kivett’s not working, the bachelor finds time to participate in a variety of recreational activities that, as Kivett explained, has had a positive impact on his professional life.
“I like to play basketball and enjoy all types of sporting activities, and I have been playing a lot more golf. My golf game also probably helps with overcoming adversity and dealing with failure,” he said a bit ruefully.
“I think playing sports helps foster the competitive nature that is needed in private practice and in the court room,” he explained. “And team sports can also be comparable to working in a firm and working with partners or other associates to successfully resolve a case.  
 “I would think that I would be considered an avid reader, and I generally enjoy traveling and exploring new places.”
Although lawyers are generally required to read a mountain of material, “continuing to read outside of work is always beneficial.”
 Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon stands out from other firms due to the amount of knowledge and experience in its areas of focus, he said.
“While I only have a few years’ experience in the legal field, our firm has attorneys that have many years or even decades of experience in commercial banking, commercial real estate, residential real estate, bankruptcy and/or collection law.”
That, he said, provides a higher level of competence.
“So I am, along with our other attorneys, almost always able to serve a client that needs legal counsel pertaining to the areas of law that I practice.”
Kivett explained that the biggest reward to him, as a young attorney, is a satisfied client.
“It’s not the most original answer, but it is very rewarding when the case or file has concluded and your client is satisfied with the legal counsel you have provided.”
As for the future, Kivett said, things are right on track.
“I would just like to continue to grow my practice and expand my knowledge in the areas that I focus on, and continue to help my firm succeed in this market.”
That seems like the perfect place to be in at this stage of his career.


By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record
Sitting in his office at Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, Matthew J. Kivett has to figure things are going pretty well in the early stage of his career.
The 30-year-old Gretna native has quickly established himself in the legal profession at the law firm where his father is managing partner. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska, including the District of Nebraska United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, while also stepping into leadership roles within the Omaha Bar and Nebraska State Bar Associations.
As part of Walentine O’Toole’s banking and commercial practice group, Kivett’s work involves representing clients in business and banking/lender matters such as real estate transactions, regulatory issues, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy proceedings, collections, foreclosures and post-foreclosure evictions.
He is an admitted “Jay-Sker,” splitting his undergraduate and law school days between Lincoln and Omaha. Kivett graduated college at UNL, where he majored in business administration and minored in history. He earned his juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 2011, he has been practicing since 2012.
And Matt may not be the last Kivett to practice law. He has a younger brother in law school at Denver University. His younger sister is also a grad student studying speech pathology at UNL.
He was basically born into the legal profession (his mother is also an attorney), so it was quite natural for Kivett to pursue law as a career.
“I’ve been around law or familiar with law most of my life due to my parents’ professions,” Kivett explained. “I think because of that it just has always been an area that has drawn my curiosity and has interested me.”
Matt Kivett is also making a mark with his service in professional organizations, which includes various roles of leadership, such as vice-president of the Bank Attorney’s Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association, having previously served as secretary and treasurer; treasurer (2015-2017) of the Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; and serving as a member of the Young Attorneys Section, Bank Attorney’s Section, Bankruptcy, and Business Law Sections of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
In addition to those duties, Kivett is on this year’s planning committee for the Commercial Real Estate Summit (CRE Summit), which takes place annually in Omaha in the spring.
When Kivett’s not working, the bachelor finds time to participate in a variety of recreational activities that, as Kivett explained, has had a positive impact on his professional life.
“I like to play basketball and enjoy all types of sporting activities, and I have been playing a lot more golf. My golf game also probably helps with overcoming adversity and dealing with failure,” he said a bit ruefully.
“I think playing sports helps foster the competitive nature that is needed in private practice and in the court room,” he explained. “And team sports can also be comparable to working in a firm and working with partners or other associates to successfully resolve a case.  
 “I would think that I would be considered an avid reader, and I generally enjoy traveling and exploring new places.”
Although lawyers are generally required to read a mountain of material, “continuing to read outside of work is always beneficial.”
 Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon stands out from other firms due to the amount of knowledge and experience in its areas of focus, he said.
“While I only have a few years’ experience in the legal field, our firm has attorneys that have many years or even decades of experience in commercial banking, commercial real estate, residential real estate, bankruptcy and/or collection law.”
That, he said, provides a higher level of competence.
“So I am, along with our other attorneys, almost always able to serve a client that needs legal counsel pertaining to the areas of law that I practice.”
Kivett explained that the biggest reward to him, as a young attorney, is a satisfied client.
“It’s not the most original answer, but it is very rewarding when the case or file has concluded and your client is satisfied with the legal counsel you have provided.”
As for the future, Kivett said, things are right on track.
“I would just like to continue to grow my practice and expand my knowledge in the areas that I focus on, and continue to help my firm succeed in this market.”
That seems like the perfect place to be in at this stage of his career.

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record
Sitting in his office at Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, Matthew J. Kivett has to figure things are going pretty well in the early stage of his career.
The 30-year-old Gretna native has quickly established himself in the legal profession at the law firm where his father is managing partner. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska, including the District of Nebraska United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, while also stepping into leadership roles within the Omaha Bar and Nebraska State Bar Associations.
As part of Walentine O’Toole’s banking and commercial practice group, Kivett’s work involves representing clients in business and banking/lender matters such as real estate transactions, regulatory issues, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy proceedings, collections, foreclosures and post-foreclosure evictions.
He is an admitted “Jay-Sker,” splitting his undergraduate and law school days between Lincoln and Omaha. Kivett graduated college at UNL, where he majored in business administration and minored in history. He earned his juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 2011, he has been practicing since 2012.
And Matt may not be the last Kivett to practice law. He has a younger brother in law school at Denver University. His younger sister is also a grad student studying speech pathology at UNL.
He was basically born into the legal profession (his mother is also an attorney), so it was quite natural for Kivett to pursue law as a career.
“I’ve been around law or familiar with law most of my life due to my parents’ professions,” Kivett explained. “I think because of that it just has always been an area that has drawn my curiosity and has interested me.”
Matt Kivett is also making a mark with his service in professional organizations, which includes various roles of leadership, such as vice-president of the Bank Attorney’s Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association, having previously served as secretary and treasurer; treasurer (2015-2017) of the Omaha Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; and serving as a member of the Young Attorneys Section, Bank Attorney’s Section, Bankruptcy, and Business Law Sections of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
In addition to those duties, Kivett is on this year’s planning committee for the Commercial Real Estate Summit (CRE Summit), which takes place annually in Omaha in the spring.
When Kivett’s not working, the bachelor finds time to participate in a variety of recreational activities that, as Kivett explained, has had a positive impact on his professional life.
“I like to play basketball and enjoy all types of sporting activities, and I have been playing a lot more golf. My golf game also probably helps with overcoming adversity and dealing with failure,” he said a bit ruefully.
“I think playing sports helps foster the competitive nature that is needed in private practice and in the court room,” he explained. “And team sports can also be comparable to working in a firm and working with partners or other associates to successfully resolve a case.  
 “I would think that I would be considered an avid reader, and I generally enjoy traveling and exploring new places.”
Although lawyers are generally required to read a mountain of material, “continuing to read outside of work is always beneficial.”
 Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon stands out from other firms due to the amount of knowledge and experience in its areas of focus, he said.
“While I only have a few years’ experience in the legal field, our firm has attorneys that have many years or even decades of experience in commercial banking, commercial real estate, residential real estate, bankruptcy and/or collection law.”
That, he said, provides a higher level of competence.
“So I am, along with our other attorneys, almost always able to serve a client that needs legal counsel pertaining to the areas of law that I practice.”
Kivett explained that the biggest reward to him, as a young attorney, is a satisfied client.
“It’s not the most original answer, but it is very rewarding when the case or file has concluded and your client is satisfied with the legal counsel you have provided.”
As for the future, Kivett said, things are right on track.
“I would just like to continue to grow my practice and expand my knowledge in the areas that I focus on, and continue to help my firm succeed in this market.”
That seems like the perfect place to be in at this stage of his career.






















 
 
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