Brian Brislen and Dan Waters will be presenting on a variety of subjects at an NBI Seminar to be held on May 5, 2015 at the Scott Conference Center. The seminar, “Partnership and Shareholder Disputes from Start to Finish” will guide participants through ownership conflicts in family-owned and closely-held businesses. For more information, please click here.
Sean Minahan, a fellow of LEAD 31, presented at the 2014 LEAD Alumni Conference on January 17, 2015 in Kearney, Ne. The presentation topic was an explanation of the proposed changes to the EPA’s definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Nebraska LEAD Program began 33 years ago to develop future agricultural leaders in Nebraska. You can learn more about this program at http://lead.unl.edu/.
We are pleased to announce that Craig Martin has been named “Rookie of the Year” by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Nebraska Chapter. Mr. Martin has also been elected to its Board of Directors.
On July 1, 2014, Jason Grams became president of the Omaha, Nebraska chapter of the American Inns of Court. The Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court is a distinguished group of judges, lawyers, and law students dedicated to the development of civility, ethics, professionalism, and excellence in the legal profession. Jason previously served as treasurer and president-elect of the Inn.
Jason W. Grams graduated from the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy on July 18, 2014. The mission of the NSBA Leadership Academy is to develop the leadership skills of the participants to allow them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and their community. Academy participants engage in day-long monthly seminars on a variety of topics including (1) leadership skills, (2) governance/community service, (3) legislative session, (4) interacting with the media, and (5) issues in the courts. This year, the group also led a campaign to assist the Nebraska Court Assisted Special Advocates (CASA) with a project to provide “Life Books” to Nebraska foster children.
LDM Partner John Walker successfully defended a motor vehicle negligence jury trial in the Lancaster County District Court. The jury returned a verdict favorable to LDM’s clients. The Plaintiff’s attorney requested the jury return a verdict of $25,000. Mr. Walker recommended $4,000 or a lesser amount if the jury felt it appropriate. The jury returned a verdict of $3,508.41. This amount was less than an offer to confess previously filed by the defense, meaning Plaintiff will not recover his costs in the action. The Firm congratulates Mr. Walker and the entire LDM team who worked on the case.
Jason W. Grams has completed the NARTC’s 2014 College of Railroad Trial Advocacy. The college is a seven-day immersive mock trial experience involving small groups of students instructed by highly experienced railroad trial lawyers. Approximately 30 students are selected annually for the college, which is held at the Four Seasons hotel in Irving, Texas.
Effective January 1, 2014, Eighth Circuit Chief Judge William Jay Riley appointed Jason W. Grams to a four-year term as the Nebraska member of the Federal Advisory Committee to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Established by 28 U.S.C. § 2077(b), the committee’s primary purpose is to make recommendations to the court regarding its rules and operating procedures. Jason will also serve on the attorney admission fee fund subcommittee. His term ends on December 31, 2017.
Partner Craig Martin will be presenting to the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) on October 8th on the differences between Litigation and Arbitration, and how Mediation can factor into both. He will also be reviewing contract language and the impact that language can have on how a company may pursue or defend claims on a project.