Congratulations to David J. Schmitt who was inducted as a member of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). According to its mission, ABOTA members are attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity. Membership is by invitation only, after ballot and restricted to trial lawyers who are of high personal character and honorable reputation. In addition, ABOTA members are required to compile a requisite number of jury trials in their career.
Attorney Nelly Greenberg was a panelist in University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)’s “Success Series: Life as a Lawyer.” The “Success Series” is a career exploration program that offers ways for students to explore different occupations and career paths. Nebraska Law alumni participated in the panel discussion to help students interested in pursuing law school understand what various practice areas are like, what lawyers do, what a typical day or week is like, and how each attorney chose their career path . All alumni who participated were from diverse backgrounds, and included a Judge on the Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, an immigration attorney, and a partner from a small firm. Nebraska Law Dean Richard Moberly moderated the panel.
Congratulations to Laura Cejka who was name Legal Professional of the Year by the Omaha Legal Professionals Association. Laura has been at Lamson, Dugan & Murray for two years and she was nominated for her hard work and dedication not only to her attorneys and our Firm, but the legal profession as a whole. Partner Cathy Trent-Vilim who nominated Laura said “she is proactive, conscientious and genuinely cares about doing the right thing the right way. She also said that Laura is the textbook definition of professional”. We are proud of Laura and her accomplishments here at LDM.
Congratulations to Cathy S. Trent-Vilim for her success in getting summary judgment for her client in a legal malpractice action, and then obtaining summary affirmance of the trial court’s order by the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
Congratulations to Brian J. Brislen, Sarah F. Macdissi, Cathy S. Trent-Vilim and Spencer R. Murphy on their win at the trial court level and affirmance by the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Brian and Sarah succeeded in getting the suit, premised upon an unenforceable non-compete agreement, dismissed at the trial court level. On appeal, Cathy and Spencer succeeded in getting the trial court’s ruling summarily affirmed on grounds that the plaintiff’s appeal was moot.
A team of LDM partners worked together to obtain a successful outcome of a case at the trial court level, and then to protect the win on appeal. Patrick G. Vipond obtained a dismissal at the trial court level; Brian J. Brislen wrote a winning appellate brief; and Cathy S. Trent-Vilim argued the appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Cathy S. Trent-Vilim, prepared a successful appellant’s brief on behalf of firm client. The appeal resulted in the reversal of a near-seven figure jury verdict and the case was remanded for a new trial.
In January 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former mental patient against various mental health providers. Jason W. Grams argued the appeal on behalf of five of the providers. William M. Lamson, Jr. and Michael L. Storey orchestrated dismissal of the suit in the district court. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal on qualified immunity and sovereign immunity grounds.
In March 2017, Patrick G. Vipond and Sarah M. Dempsey obtained a summary judgment order dismissing a medical malpractice action. Mr. Vipond and Ms. Dempsey represented a hospital, a physician, and the physician’s medical practice in an action filed by a child and his family for medical malpractice. Mr. Vipond and Ms. Dempsey were successful in arguing that the plaintiffs’ expert witness was not qualified to give an opinion that the defendants were negligent in their care and treatment of the plaintiff.