Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia 3/6/15 03/06/15 12:17:58 AM
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From left, back row: Daniel M. Donnelly, Stephen P. O’Meara, Kristin A. Fearnow, Rodney C. Dahlquist, Anne M. Breitkreutz and Josh W. Weir. From left, front row: Sean Conway, Joseph L. Howard, Mallory N. Hughes, Stuart J. Dornan, Christine A. Lustgarten, Thomas J. Monaghan (Of Counsel) and Jason E. Troia.
Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia
Having Bilingual Lawyers Enhances
Practice’s Ability to Serve Clients
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
One quarter of the attorneys at Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia, PC, LLO, are bilingual, resulting in the firm providing a wide range of services to Spanish-speaking Omahans, while serving all clients in both criminal and civil cases.
They have just announced the addition of two associates, Kristin Fearnow and Daniel M. Donnelly. In addition, Sean Conway, a member of the DLT team since 2011, has become a partner.
The law firm has continued to grow since its founding partners, Stuart Dornan and Christine Lustgarten, opened the doors to Dornan and Lustgarten on January 7, 2007.
Lustgarten met Dornan when he was the Douglas County Attorney. She was working in that office, and Dornan retained her as Deputy County Attorney in charge of the Civil Division. When he left office, she joined with him to open their law firm.
Today the firm, housed on the second floor of the historic Paxton building in downtown Omaha, boasts seven partners, five associates and a former U.S. Attorney of counsel. It plans to be there for a long time, having purchased its space there. “We don’t have plans to grow the firm right now,” Lustgarten said. “We’d have to purchase the rest of the floor before we did that. But then, we didn’t plan our growth when we opened either.”
DLT provides a full range of legal services to the Spanish-speaking community in Omaha and surrounding areas. Kristin Fearnow, new to the firm in December 2014, brings nearly ten years of experience as a bilingual attorney to the firm’s immigration section.
“We are so lucky to have her,” Managing Partner Christine Lustgarten said. “She brings so much experience.”
Fearnow is the chair of the Iowa/Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves on the board of directors of National Justice For Our Neighbors and is a member on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s committee for Violence Against Women, U and T Visas. She is a frequent speaker at the annual AILA conferences and is scheduled to testify before the Nebraska Legislature on issues impacting immigrants.
Lustgarten said that about 50 percent of their clients are Spanish-speaking.
“We used to have a satellite office in South Omaha, but we found our clients were more than willing to come to our downtown office, so we closed it.”
The Mexican Consulate has retained the firm’s immigration section since 2008, handling both civil and criminal cases for their constituents.
“Josh Weir is a big reason for the success of the immigration section,” Lustgarten said. In 2010 he represented the appellant in a seminal case – State v. Mena-Rivera – that established a defendant, when entering a guilty plea, had to be instructed about the possibility of deportation or a denial of naturalization. “It was a big step,” she said.
Weir and Fearnow speak at the Mexican Consulate twice a week about issues affecting immigrants, including the status of litigation. They then spend a couple of hours answering questions.
“They were speaking once a week, but when the new consul, Guadalupe Sánchez-Salazar, arrived last summer, she asked them to come twice a week,” Lustgarten said.
In addition to the firm’s work with immigration, attorney Stephen O’Meara, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, is heavily involved in the anti-human trafficking movement in Nebraska and Iowa.
The firm’s newest partner, Sean Conway, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is an active criminal defense attorney, successful personal injury litigator, and also handles workers compensation claims. Conway serves on the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, is a Nebraska Bar Foundation Fellow, sits on the UNMC Board of Counselors and is a talented addition to the annual Barristers productions, a group of young lawyers for whom he is currently serving as president.
Daniel M. Donnelly has also joined the firm as an associate, having recently moved to Nebraska from New York City. He is a graduate of the Hofstra University School of Law and served as an assistant district attorney for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in New York City prosecuting violent crimes. Dan will assist the firm in criminal defense and civil litigation.
“We have a great group of people here,” Lustgarten said. Everyone is so talented.”
For more information regarding Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia, please go to the firm’s website at www.dltlawyers.com.