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.
The Creighton Law Review held its 2017 Symposium on Thursday, March 16. Lamson, Dugan & Murray sponsored the event, which focused on The Lawyer’s Leadership Role: A Tour of Legal Ethics. The speakers included Professor John McKay, Arnold J. Johnson, J. Scott Paul, and Adam White. Over 300 attorneys attended the Symposium and a reception was held afterward to celebrate Creighton Law Review’s fiftieth anniversary. Spencer Murphy, a former law clerk and current associate at the firm, was the editor- in-chief last year and Claire Wilka, a current third year law clerk, is the current editor-in-chief. It is rare that clerks from the same firm are editors-in-chief, back to back.
To learn more about the Symposium and the topics presented, you can subscribe to receive the articles published by the speakers in the fourth edition of the fiftieth volume here: https://www.creighton.edu/groups/lawreview/lawreviewsubscription/; or follow Creighton Law Review on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CreightonLawRev.
In January 2017, Anne Marie O’Brien and Daniel J. Hassing received a defense verdict after a five day jury trial in Douglas County District Court. The Plaintiff had sued under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, a federal statutory scheme governing workplace injuries for railroad employees working in furtherance of interstate commerce. The Plaintiff alleged that he had suffered whiplash injuries to his cervical spine when the locomotive he was sitting in was “coupled” or “joined” with another locomotive in an unreasonably unsafe manner. Over the course of the five-day trial, Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Hassing presented hours of testimony regarding the customs of railroad operations, the physics involved in railroad “couplings,” and the biomechanics of how the human body reacts in such situations. Relying on the testimony that Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Hassing presented, the jury returned a verdict for the defense.
Congratulations to John M. Walker and Catherine E. French for obtaining a verdict, after a two day bench trial, finding that a petition filed against their client was frivolous. This resulted in an award of attorney’s fees and significant savings for their client.