Meet Trial Attorney Nicole Seckman Jilek 2/26/18 02/28/18 1:59:09 PM
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Nicole Jilek, left, confers with her co-worker Tina Alban, who says without hesitation: “She is a consummate professional.”
Meet Trial Attorney Nicole Seckman Jilek
By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record
Your first impression of Nicole Seckman Jilek is very likely to be mistaken. She may seem reticent at first, quiet almost to the point of shyness and seemingly not very communicative. You might picture her doing research, surrounded by books, shying away from human interaction
Ignore your first impression. You are wrong. It will become abundantly clear when she speaks that she is articulate, knowledgeable, not at all shy and not someone who can be intimidated.
She knows her stuff.
Jilek, 36, is a trial lawyer and civil litigator with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP. Even as a youngster growing up in Schuyler, Nebraska, she wanted to become an attorney.
“I’ve known for a very long time I wanted to practice law,” she said, and she credits her father, a longtime attorney.
“My dad inspired me,” she said. So after graduating from Schuyler Central High School, she headed for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She received her bachelor of science degree with distinction in business administration from UNL in 2004. Her resume shows she was a Regents Scholar, graduated from the Honors Program, and attended the Nebraska at Oxford study abroad program. She completed minors in mathematics, political science, and economics.
Jilek received her juris doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007 and was admitted to the bar that year.
She worked for a short time in Lincoln, then moved to Omaha where she joined the Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman law firm as an associate in 2008. She’s a member of the litigation department and practices business and commercial law, trust and estate litigation, commercial and residential landlord tenant law, personal injury, real estate law, collections, and general litigation.
She described herself as “a trial attorney” and added, “Most of my work is in trust and real estate litigation,” although she will take on “a variety of other areas of dispute.” Jilek graduated in 2013 from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy: The Complete Advocate - Trial Skills program.
Her law firm profile cites her “extensive experience defending professional negligence claims and claims regarding professional licenses.” And Jilek practices throughout Nebraska in both the district and county court.
Some aspects of the law can become both complicated and difficult, but Jilek said, “I enjoy the work I do for my clients. It’s the thing that keeps me excited and coming back every day. In this profession, there’s a tremendous amount of gray area.”
Often statutes and cases wind up in appellate court, “and often times the facts presented by clients do not fit into nice boxes,” she said. “I try to fit them into case law, explain the options to my clients and ask how they would like to proceed.”
Her law firm boasts that “whether before a trial court or mediator, Jilek strives to be a zealous advocate for her clients.”
Jilek said, that’s a no-brainer. “That’s what I’m hired to do.”
Tina Alban, works at Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman and is familiar with Jilek’s approach to life and work, and stated without hesitation, “She is a consummate professional. I would trust her with legal and personal advice. She handles all aspects of her life well.”
Jilek said she, in turn, is appreciative of her colleagues.
“Working here is great. It’s wonderful to part of the team, to collaborate with different people, to provide the best outcome for a client,” she said.
When it comes to collaboration, she pointed out her father still enters into the picture on occasion.
“We have had the opportunity to work on a couple of things together. It’s fun to share interests. The request for assistance from each other has gone both ways,” she said.
She was selected to participate in the Nebraska State Bar Association’s 2012-2013 Leadership Academy. Since 2010, she has served on the executive board of the Robert M. Spire American Inns of Court, a group of judges and trial lawyers who meet monthly to promote professionalism, civility and ethics.
Jilek is a past president of the Omaha Jaycees, and she was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans in 2013, an annual honor offered by the Omaha Jaycees.
“You must be nominated, under 40, and you must demonstrate excellence. A panel selects the recipients,” Jilek said.
Her other professional organizations and memberships have included the Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations, the Robert M. Spire American Inns of Court and the Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court.
“I’m currently president-elect of the Robert M. Spire Inns of Court organization of attorneys and judges and I will take over as president in August,“ she said.
She is a member of the Junior League of Omaha and serves on its Project Research & Development Committee. She is also active in the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, CREW Metro Omaha, Omaha Executive Club and Leadership Circle. In the past she has been active in the Women’s Council of Realtors, Nebraska Arthritis Foundation’s Wine ‘til Nine Committee and the Omaha Leads Club.
Jilek has been married for 10 years. Her husband, Zach, is manager of environmental services for E & A Group. They have two children, two-year-old Zachary and five-month-old Emily.