A judicial nominating commission selected four lawyers Monday as finalists to fill the vacancy on the Nebraska Supreme Court created by the sudden resignation of Judge Max Kelch.
Cathy Trent-Vilim is a partner at Lamson, Dugan and Murray and one of the four candidates chosen. Trent-Vilim is a 2002 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and works in the areas of appellate litigation, commercial and insurance law and legal malpractice defense.
Gov. Pete Ricketts will now schedule interviews with the finalists before appointing one to the Supreme Court.
LDM would like to congratulate our very own E. Benjamin Nelson on receiving the Distinguished Nebraskalander Award on Saturday night in Lincoln. The dinner was held in the Capitol Rotunda. The setting was beautiful and majestic, with art deco mosaics of Nebraska scenes over our heads and under our feet.
Governor Ricketts presented the award to Ben after the Legislative Resolution was read. The Resolution, adopted by the Unicameral, cited just a few of Ben’s many achievements for the State of Nebraska.
Governor Ricketts noted many of Ben’s past accomplishments. He also cited Ben’s unfailing courtesy and bi-partisan support for Nebraska’s interest as both Governor and as U.S. Senator. The Governor talked about all the work Ben has done on behalf of Nebraskans in his many years of public service. He mentioned Ben’s support of the University and greater Nebraskan agriculture. Also Governor Ricketts talked about how much of a mentor Ben has been, and that Ben has generously given his time and advice to Governor Ricketts when he was new to the job.
At the podium, Ben talked about his lovely wife, Diane, and thanked her for all her work on behalf of the State too. He also thanked Lamson Dugan and Murray.
Finally Ben talked about what makes Nebraska so great. He said that we can have divisions in our ideas, and divisions in our parties, but not divisions in our people. It was a fitting note to end the evening. Ben’s closing remarks made us all very proud to be a Nebraskan. And it also made us very proud to know Ben and have him be a member of our Firm. Congratulations Ben!
Dan Hassing, an associate in the firm, recently received a defense verdict after a one and one-half day jury trial in the Douglas County District Court. The case involved a side-swipe car accident that occurred in Omaha. Our client was travelling in the left lane of a two-lane street. When our client sought to merge from the left lane into the right lane, our client hit a car that was in her blind spot in the right lane. There was a factual dispute as to the severity of the accident and the damage sustained to the cars.
The evidence was that six days after the accident, the plaintiff began treatment with a chiropractor. That chiropractor then referred plaintiff for a series of MRI’s. The plaintiff was also referred for physical therapy. All told, plaintiff’s medical treatment spanned about several months and exceeded $10,000.00.
At trial, the defense admitted negligence but denied that the negligence had been the cause of any damages. After a trial that spanned one and one-half days, the jury agreed and awarded Mr. Hassing and the client a defense verdict.
Mr. Hassing is an associate in the Firm and is just one of many younger up-and-coming attorneys in the Firm who will be providing effective representation and obtaining favorable results for our clients for many years to come.