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.
Bill Johnson is a founding partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP, and has served as its Managing and Administrative Partner. Mr. Johnson’s litigation practice concentrates on the defense of complex commercial litigation, including but not limited to: breach of contract; close corporation disputes; partnership dissolutions; estate and trust litigation for banking entities; products liability defense; and professional negligence claims against attorneys and accountants.
He is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Nebraska, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Bill Lamson is a founding partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray and currently serves on the Management Committee and as Chairman of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Lamson’s practice spans a broad spectrum of litigation and includes representing individuals and corporations in commercial matters, environmental, occupational and safety litigation, as well as professional negligence claims. In his years of practice, he has handled a wide range of commercial and insurance defense matters, including breach of contract, hostile takeovers, reinsurance arbitration, and insurance coverage and represents a major railroad in a variety of litigation. He has tried over 100 jury cases to verdict.
Mr. Lamson is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Court in Nebraska, as well as the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has been admitted to practice on a pro hac vice basis in various jurisdictions, including State and/or Federal Courts in Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri and Illinois.
Stacy Morris is a partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray, and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. He has been with the Firm since 2003, and has been a partner since 2011. Mr. Morris is licensed in Nebraska and Iowa. He practices before state and federal courts in both states, as well as the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court and the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Iowa Workforce Development Agency, and has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in matters pending in Colorado and Missouri. Mr. Morris is proficient in Spanish.
Sean Minahan is a partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray and a member of the Litigation Department. Prior to joining Lamson, Dugan and Murray, Mr. Minahan independently contracted with the Iowa State Public Defender’s Office in handling juvenile and adult cases for indigent clients.
Since joining the Firm, Mr. Minahan has represented a broad range of clients in corporate and personal litigation. Mr. Minahan has argued cases in the state and federal courts of Nebraska and Iowa, and has participated in published decisions from the Nebraska and Iowa Supreme Courts. He has a specific interest in representing agricultural and construction related clients and businesses He is the author of the Firm sponsored blogs Agricultural Law Guide and Construction Contractor Advisor.
Mr. Minahan is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Court in Nebraska and Iowa.
Sarah Macdissi is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She graduated from Creighton University, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Studio Art. She received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, graduating cum laude. While at Creighton Law, she placed first in the Creighton Law Intra School Trial Competition, participated in the AAJ Arbitration Competition in Chicago, and advanced to the semi-final round of the ATLA Trial Competition in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduating from Creighton University School of Law, she was awarded the Order of Barristers and the David A. Svoboda Trial Advocacy Award.
Pat Vipond is a founding partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray and currently serves on the Management Committee of the Firm. Mr. Vipond has over 30 years of courtroom experience representing corporations, individuals and partnerships in a wide variety of commercial, insurance, and professional negligence litigation. Mr. Vipond has been elected a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He is listed as one of Omaha’s “Best Lawyers” for professional negligence by Omaha Magazine and has been selected to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list for several years. Mr. Vipond is also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. In the professional malpractice area, Mr. Vipond represents doctors, nurses, psychologists, physician assistants, hospitals, attorneys, and insurance agents. He has represented plaintiffs and insurance companies in complex insurance coverage matters. Mr. Vipond represents individuals and organizations before state agencies including the Nebraska Department of Health. As one of the attorneys in Lamson, Dugan and Murray’s expanding healthcare practice, Mr. Vipond consults on risk management and administrative and organizational issues for hospitals.
Mr. Vipond is admitted to practice in State and Federal Court in Nebraska and State Court in Iowa and has been admitted pro hac vice in various jurisdictions in both Federal and State Court.
Mark Novotny is a founding partner of Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Novotny’s practice includes extensive areas of litigation in all courts, tribunals, alternative dispute resolution forums, arbitrations and with governmental regulatory bodies and agencies. Mr. Novotny regularly represents individuals, corporations, governmental entities and all types of organizations in federal and state civil litigation, commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, environmental issues and regulatory compliance. He is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Courts in Nebraska, the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Novotny has also been admitted in the Federal District Courts in Arizona, Colorado, and Wisconsin.
Maria Lighthall is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She graduated from Drake University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law. While at Creighton, she participated in the Civil Law Clinic, where she provided legal advice and assisted low-income residents of Douglas County, Nebraska. She also interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska. In addition, she was selected as the legal writing research assistant to legal writing professor Nancy Lawler Dickhute. Prior to joining Lamson, Dugan and Murray in the spring of 2009, Ms. Lighthall spent several years practicing in Denver, Colorado with a law firm specializing in civil litigation and insurance related defense.
Kyle Wallor, currently serving on the Management Committee of the Firm, joined Lamson, Dugan and Murray’s Litigation Department after completing a Clerkship with C. Thomas White, the Chief Justice of Nebraska Supreme Court. Mr. Wallor’s practice spans a broad spectrum of litigation, including insurance coverage disputes involving numerous areas of coverage; personal injury; product liability; professional negligence; complex commercial litigation in the transportation industry including, breach of contract, breach of warranty; general commercial disputes; applications for a writ of mandamus; and claims under FELA. Mr. Wallor also has a national practice and extensive experience in handling disputes between railroads and customers relating to demurrage, freight, car hire, and flagging. Mr. Wallor is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Wallor is admitted to practice in the state of Nebraska, the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, the United States District Court for District of Colorado and the United States District Court for the District of Wisconsin. Mr. Wallor has also been admitted pro hac vice in various State and/or Federal Courts in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.