Callie A. Kanthack, Attorney
How have you advanced professionally since joining our team?
Since being hired as an LDM Associate, I have had the opportunity to build and improve my litigation skills. During my first year, I took depositions, argued motions, second-chaired a trial, and wrote an appellate brief. Through this experiential learning process, I have received one-on-one feedback from LDM Partners and developed professional relationships among members of the Nebraska legal community. These experiences have set me ahead of many of peers and have made me a better lawyer.
What’s the most unique part about working at LDM?
The best and most unique part about working at LDM is truly the people. Attorneys and staff from all departments and practice areas work collaboratively to achieve the best results for clients. The practice of law is certainly tough, but we find ways to lift each other up, laugh, and enjoy the work we do.
What’s one thing — either industry-related or not — you learned in the last month?
In the practice of law, we are constantly learning. My practice includes defending doctors and hospitals when their medical care is called into question. We work alongside regional and national experts in various areas of medicine. I have learned how to effectively read medical records and comprehend medical terminology, in addition to developing a basic understanding of complex and rare diseases and conditions.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone who is just starting their career?
Focus on the process and the results will follow. On TV, lawyers are usually portrayed in the courthouse litigating a high-stakes and contentious case. However, litigation consists of 95% preparation. Over the course of years, we are conducting discovery, arguing contested motions, and narrowing down the issues. Although document review and drafting discovery responses are not nearly as fun as cross-examining a witness, preparation is key to give your client the best outcome.
Where is your hometown, and what do you love about it?
I am originally from Helena, Montana and miss the beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers. The Big Sky State is full of year-round outdoor activity and phenomenal breweries and restaurants. I recommend stopping at Lewis and Clark Brewery for live music and a pint of “Miner’s Gold,” hiking in the Elkhorn Mountains, or paddle boarding on Canyon Ferry Lake.