Shivani Sharma is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Sharma received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a Public Policy emphasis and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She interned on Capitol Hill, while pursuing her undergraduate degree.
Ms. Sharma received her Masters of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University’s Werner Institute. Ms. Sharma also received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, with a Certificate in Litigation. While at law school, she received the Outstanding Oralist award in all six rounds of Creighton’s Moot Court Competition. In addition, she was a Moot Court finalist and the winner of the entire Moot Court Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the regional round for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Buffalo Niagara National Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York. She was a member of the National Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi. Ms. Sharma received the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Trial Practice. She also received The Honorable Lyle E. Strom Scholar Award in Trial Advocacy for Exceptional Skills in Litigation Theory and Practice.
Janae Hofer is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude in Business Administration from Grace University. She was Student Body Treasurer for three years, a member of Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society, and the recipient of the Faith and Marketplace Excellence Award.
She received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, after receiving a full ride scholarship. While at law school, she received a nomination for Best Appellate Brief in Creighton’s Moot Court Competition. Ms. Hofer was also on the Dean’s List, a member of Phi Delta Phi, and received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Commercial Law, Torts, Contracts I, Criminal Law, and Jurisprudence.
She currently serves as a board member on the Mayor’s Advisory Commission for Citizens with Disabilities.
Elizabeth O’Connor is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha, summa cum laude. She was elected Student Body President and was the University of Nebraska Omaha Student Regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Ms. O’Connor served as Speaker of the Senate for two years. She graduated from the Honors Program and received the Senior Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award, Outstanding Student in Arts and Sciences Award, and Outstanding Student in Political Science Award. Ms. O’Connor earned an Excellence in French Award. She was a member of the Chi Omega fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society.
Ms. O’Connor received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. While at law school, she was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation. She earned the Dean’s Award for Intensive Trial Advocacy Class and participated in the Notre Dame Economic Justice Clinic.
Kate Geyer Johnson is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with high distinction in history and medieval and renaissance studies and minors in political science and art history. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Order of Omega honors societies, and named History Scholar of the Year.
She received her law degree from the University of Nebraska Law School with distinction. While at law school, she was elected vice president of the Moot Court Board. She was also selected as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing.
Prior to joining Lamson, Dugan and Murray, she served as a judicial clerk to the Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack.
Adam Feeney is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He received a double major in political science and communications from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Feeney received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction. He served as managing editor of the Journal of Corporation Law his third year of law school. He authored, “In Search of a Remedy: Do State Laws Exempting Sellers from Strict Product Liability Adequately Protect Consumers Harmed by Defective Chinese-Manufactured Products? 34 J. Corp. L 567 (2009). He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
He practiced in New York prior to joining the Firm. He has represented clients in a wide range of disputes in areas including corporate, partnership, breach of contract, creditors’ rights, product liability, RICO, securities fraud, employment and trust and estate.
Michael Storey is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He received his law degree with honors from St. Louis University School of Law. While at St. Louis University, he was an editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal and was a member of the national moot court team. He was also selected as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing.
Mr. Storey received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance with honors from Creighton University.
Prior to joining Lamson, Dugan and Murray, he served as a judicial clerk for two years to Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack.
Sarah Dempsey is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Dempsey received her bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in music from Creighton University. She was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Society, and President of the Pre-Law Society.
She received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, magna cum laude, with a Certificate in Litigation. While in law school, she received the Outstanding Oralist award in the final round of Creighton’s Moot Court Competition and participated in the Buffalo Niagara National Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York. Ms. Dempsey was a member of the Creighton Law Review, President of the Moot Court Board, and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society.
Dan Hassing is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with high distinction. Mr. Hassing graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, cum laude, with bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Psychology. He served as the online editor of the Nebraska Law Review while at UNL. He also received the CALI Excellence and Future Award in Property and Unfair Competition. Upon graduation, Mr. Hassing was awarded membership to the Order of the Coif.
Before joining the Firm, he served as a judicial clerk for two years to Nebraska Supreme Court Justice William Connolly.
Jason W. Grams is a partner of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP. Jason advises businesses and individuals in complex litigation matters, predominantly in the federal courts. Jason represents clients in the transportation, energy, food safety, insurance, financial and business services industries in business disputes, federal administrative and regulatory actions, environmental, employment, and general litigation cases, and accounting, legal, and medical malpractice matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He regularly serves as local counsel in these courts and is the Nebraska delegate to the Eighth Circuit Federal Advisory Committee.
Jason graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law (Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers). In law school, he was an executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review, a member of the national moot court team, and winner of numerous scholarships and awards. Before law school, he was a senior-level manager in the marketing services industry.
Jason is admitted to practice in the State courts of Nebraska and Iowa, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Nebraska, the Northern District of Iowa, and the Southern District of Iowa, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Omaha Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association (house of delegates 2013-present; leadership academy 2013-14), Iowa State Bar Association, American Bar Association, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court (president 2014-15).
Bill Settles is a partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray. He has 20 years of courtroom experience defending physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in medical malpractice claims. The son of a physician and a nurse, Mr. Settles’ background and interest in medicine have given him insight into the unique issues facing medical malpractice defendants. Although focused primarily on the defense of medical malpractice actions, Mr. Settles’ practice also encompasses legal malpractice defense, insurance coverage issues, and defense of class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.