Dickerson Honored as Outstanding Young Lawyer By American Bar 9/15/16 09/15/16 11:18:59 AM
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Likes Meyerson Hatch attorney Robert Likes, standing, talks with Brandon Dickerson. Both lawyers are partners at the firm. Dickerson recently was named 2016 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
Dickerson Honored as Outstanding
Young Lawyer By American Bar
Association for Nonprofit Work
By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record
Brandon Dickerson knows a lot about the world of nonprofit organizations. He’s a partner at Likes Meyerson Hatch LLC, an Omaha law firm, and works with local and national nonprofit organizations, including community hospitals, on such matters as corporate governance, regulatory compliance, executive compensation and business transactions.
Dickerson is married to Erika Overturff Dickerson, who founded and runs her own non-profit organization, Ballet Nebraska. Asked whether she leans on his nonprofit advice, Dickerson replied, “I learn a lot more from my wife than she does from me. Erika is a very capable person.”
Dickerson, if he were ever inclined to boast, can point out a new national honor: He has been named the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for nonprofit law.
The Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section grants the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to a young attorney deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector and/or the development of nonprofit law. It is one of five national awards the committee grants lawyers in the nonprofit sector each year.
Dickerson’s early years were spent in Texas and Utah. His family “moved around a lot. My dad was an oil worker.”
He went to the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in 2003. That’s also where he met his wife Erika; she was in the ballet program. They decided to get married, a decision that led them to Omaha, which is near his wife’s family in Iowa.
“She auditioned for several professional ballet companies around the country, and I, wanting to attend law school, applied to several law programs,” he said. “Omaha was one of the few places where we were both accepted by our respective programs,” he said. The rest is history.
Fast-forward 12 years: they are still here because “we really love living in Omaha. It’s a great place to build a law practice and a family,” Dickerson said.
And he’s a partner at the newly formed law firm of Likes Meyerson Hatch LLC.
Dickerson graduated, cum laude, from the Creighton University School of Law in 2007. At Creighton, he received the Judge Donald P. Lay Law Review Student Prize for his contributions to the Creighton Law Review.
Dickerson clerked for the law firm of Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, while in law school. He then accepted an associate position at Cline Williams upon graduation.
While at Cline Williams, Dickerson said he worked with great attorneys and “I learned a lot about the practice and life of a lawyer.” In particular, Dickerson noted, he was able to learn from Scott Kelly, a tax partner at Cline Williams. He described Kelly as “a wonderful attorney” who greatly influenced his decision to work in the nonprofit sector. Dickerson and Kelly worked together representing nonprofit institutions in tax controversies at both the state and federal levels.
Dickerson said one thing he found most surprising about nonprofit work was “the depth and complexity of some of the various laws and regulations. Initially [it] was surprising to both me and to my clients. The government does not part with tax revenues that easily.”
In 2012, Dickerson was recruited to work for the Omaha office of Stinson Leonard Street, LLP, a national law firm based out of Kansas City. Dickerson said his three years at Stinson Leonard Street and the experience he gained there allowed him to work with nonprofit leaders of national, and even international, organizations.
He credits one of the best parts of his experience at Stinson Leonard Street as being able to work with the late Wayne Henry, “a wonderful nonprofit lawyer who was a fantastic mentor to me.” Henry died last year at age 70 after 40 years practicing law.
Dickerson also met Robert Likes at Stinson Leonard Street. Likes and Dickerson now are partners at Likes Meyerson Hatch LLC, a firm Likes formed with four other former Stinson Leonard Street attorneys in early 2015.
“There are now six attorneys at LMH, and we cover a variety of legal areas,” Dickerson said. Such areas range from business and commercial issues to estate planning.
In 2015 and 2016, Dickerson was selected by his peers as a Great Plains Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the specialty of mergers and acquisitions. Outside of nonprofit and health care work, mergers and acquisitions and general business matters comprise the balance of Dickerson’s practice.
Who decided Dickerson was this year’s outstanding young lawyer? His clients did. They nominate lawyers who they believe have made a significant impact on the sector. Dickerson said working extensively in the nonprofit sector means “I get to work with nice, interesting and very hardworking people.”
Dickerson’s colleagues are “very excited about the award.” He will travel to Boston to accept the award at the ABA Business Law Section’s Annual Meeting in mid-September.
Dickerson has also taken on a new responsibility at home. He and Erika, who celebrated 11 years of marriage this month, are now raising their first child – a boy named Stellan – born in January.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “A lot of work, but a lot of fun too.”
Likes Meyerson Hatch is located at 444 Regency Parkway Drive. For more information about the firm, please go to: www.lmhlawfirm.com.