On April 10, 2014, Ryan Crnkovich won the championship round of Professor R. Collin Mangrum’s annual trial competition at Creighton University School of Law. Ryan, along with his partner Skyler Pearson, competed in seven trials during the course of the competition before being named the tournament champions. The competition took place over the course of four weeks, with over forty second year law students competing in the tournament. The winners of each round were selected by third year students on Professor Mangrum’s Advanced Trial Practice Team who compete at both the regional and national level. Since winning the trial competition, Ryan has accepted an invitation to compete as a member of Professor Mangrum’s Advanced Trial Practice Team next year.
From March 24-26, 2014, Sarah Smith traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Advocacy Summit. Ms. Smith has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation for over a year and was asked to lend her advocacy skills in support of the Foundation. While attending the Summit, Ms. Smith met with Nebraska Members of Congress and their staff to discuss policy initiatives that the Foundation supports. She will continue her advocacy efforts throughout the year by staying apprised of changes in healthcare law and reaching out to Members of Congress.
Kristine Flott, a legal administrative assistant with LDM since 1998 has been named OLPA Legal Professional of the Year. The Omaha Legal Professionals Association receives nominations each year and selects one professional through letters of recommendation and votes by legal professionals in the community. We are proud of Kris and her accomplishments at LDM and her involvement with OLPA.
On April 4, 2014, Sarah Macdissi will participate as a panelist on the Creighton Career Center’s event, “Exploring Healthcare Careers”. The panel will present career options and directions to 150-300 students interested in healthcare but are not certain of the many directions that are afforded them when deciding their personal direction. The panel encourages students to search beyond what they typically view as healthcare-focused careers.
LDM partner Cathy Trent-Vilim recently received a favorable arbitration award in a contract dispute between her insurer client and the client’s former agent. The arbitrator issued his ruling only ten days after the proceeding ending, awarding the client all of its damages.
LDM attorneys Mark Novotny and Sarah Macdissi have obtained a ruling from the Nebraska Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of a dental malpractice lawsuit. The Plaintiff’s Complaint was dismissed on summary judgment because the Plaintiff failed to rebut the prima facie evidence that the defendant dentist had met the standard of care in his treatment of the Plaintiff. The Nebraska Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal.
LDM Business Litigation Partner Brian Brislen was a contributing editor to the 2014 edition of Business Torts A Fifty State Guide published by Wolters Kluwer. Mr. Brislen contributed the Nebraska Chapter to the book designed to provide a succinct summary of the business torts laws of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Brislen was assisted in this project by LDM law clerk Jonathan Cox.
LDM has a limited number of copies of the Guide available. If you would like a copy, please contact Mr. Brislen at Brian J. Brislen.
Omaha Magazine has released the Omaha results of The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. This list is an excerpt from The Best Lawyers in America which includes listings for more than 50,000 lawyers in 128 specialties, in all 50 states who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
Partner William M. Lamson was recognized in his fields of Bet-The Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Medical Malpractice Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation Defendants.
Partner Robert J. Murray was recognized in his fields of Corporate Law and Tax Law.
Partner Patrick G. Vipond was recognized in his fields of Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law Defendants.
David J. Schmitt has earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He received the LL.M. degree in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law. David is a partner with the firm and represents corporations and individuals in a broad spectrum of legal matters, including railroad defense under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, product liability, insurance defense, and commercial and tort litigation.
On January 17, LDM Attorney, Sean Minahan, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Johnson Sand & Gravel, Co. in Polk County, Nebraska, which was sued by a neighboring landowner for crop damage caused by flooding. The landowner alleged Johnson Sand & Gravel negligently blocked the natural drainage of rain water in the area causing water to back up onto the landowner’s fields resulting in approximately $200,000 in lost corn yields. After a 5 day bench trial the judge ruled in the favor of Johnson Sand & Gravel finding the landowner failed to prove Johnson Sand & Gravel’s actions were a proximate cause of the landowner’s damages.