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.
Presenting to the Johnson County Hospital Medical Staff, LDM Partner Mark Novotny recently spoke on current topics concerning health care and risk management. Attended by medical, nursing and physician assistant staff, the Power Point slide show and discussion provided examples of critical situations and solutions to avoid patient misunderstandings and avert medical malpractice claims and lawsuits before they start.
This coming spring, Partner Cathy Trent-Vilim will be teaching a three hour course at UNL College of Law focusing on trial techniques, such as voir dire, opening/closing, direct and cross examination, etc. The students will be comprised of third year law students. The class will include some lecture but the emphasis will be on practical application culminating in a mock trial.