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16 May, 2017

Bill Lamson and Denise Destache Successful in Obtaining Unanimous Defense Verdict

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00May 16th, 2017|Latest News, News|

More Congratulations!  Bill Lamson and Denise Destache were successful in obtaining a verdict on behalf of their Defendant medical provider following a seven day jury trial in a wrongful death medical malpractice action tried in late April.  Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $3.2 million dollars in economic and non-economic damages.  However, in less than 1 and ½ hours of deliberations, the jury concluded that Plaintiff had failed to meet [...]

10 May, 2017

Nebraska Supreme Court Affirms Jury Verdict Obtained by Lamson Dugan Team

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00May 10th, 2017|Latest News, News|

On May 5, the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict in favor of Union Pacific in Winder v. Union Pacific, a case tried by Anne Marie O’Brien, Daniel J. Hassing, and Andrew Reinhart.  The Lamson Dugan team defended Union Pacific in the seven-day jury trial that focused on whether an allegedly inoperative handbrake violated the Federal Safety Appliance Act and caused or contributed to Kevin Winder’s injuries.  The Lamson [...]

26 Apr, 2017

Partner David J. Schmitt Inducted Into the American Board of Trial Advocates

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 26th, 2017|Latest News, News|

Congratulations to David J. Schmitt who was inducted as a member of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  According to its mission, ABOTA members are attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity.  Membership is by invitation only, after ballot and restricted to trial lawyers who are of high personal character and honorable reputation.  In addition, ABOTA members are required to compile a requisite number of [...]

26 Apr, 2017

Nelly Greenberg Serves as Panelist in the UNO “Success Series: Life as a Lawyer”

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 26th, 2017|Latest News, News|

Attorney Nelly Greenberg was a panelist in University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)’s “Success Series: Life as a Lawyer.”  The “Success Series” is a career exploration program that offers ways for students to explore different occupations and career paths.  Nebraska Law alumni participated in the panel discussion to help students interested in pursuing law school understand what various practice areas are like, what lawyers do, what a typical day or week [...]

26 Apr, 2017

Legal Administrative Assistant Named Legal Professional of the Year

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 26th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

23 Apr, 2017

Bill Lamson and Denise Destache Successful in Obtaining Unanimous Defense Verdict

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 23rd, 2017|Latest News, News|

More Congratulations!  Bill Lamson and Denise Destache were successful in obtaining a verdict on behalf of their Defendant medical provider following a seven day jury trial in a wrongful death medical malpractice action tried in late April.  Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $3.2 million dollars in economic and non-economic damages.  However, in less than 1 and ½ hours of deliberations, the jury concluded that Plaintiff had failed to meet [...]

7 Apr, 2017

Trial Dismissal Affirmed on Appeal

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 7th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

7 Apr, 2017

Trial Win Preserved on Appeal

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 7th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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.

5 Apr, 2017

Dismissal of Suit Against Psychiatrists and Psychologists Affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 5th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

5 Apr, 2017

Patrick Vipond and Sarah Dempsey Obtain Summary Judgment Victory

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00April 5th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

21 Mar, 2017

Lamson, Dugan & Murray Sponsors Creighton Law Review’s 2017 Symposium

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00March 21st, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

7 Mar, 2017

Congratulations Anne Marie O’Brien and Daniel J. Hassing

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00March 7th, 2017|Latest News, News|

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 [...]

9 Jan, 2017

Partner Anne Marie O’Brien Receives Outstanding Service Award

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00January 9th, 2017|Latest News, News|

Congratulations to Partner Anne Marie O’Brien who received the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) Outstanding Service Award.  The award is designed to recognize members who provide exceptional and outstanding service to the NARTC.  Anne Marie is the current Vice-President of the Central Region.  She is a member of the NARTC Executive Committee, Future Planning Committee, Jury Instruction Committee, Site Selection Committee and Program Committee.  She is a faculty [...]

7 Nov, 2016

Partners Minahan and Trent-Vilim participate in Big-I Conference Mock Trial

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00November 7th, 2016|Latest News, News|

LDM Partners Sean Minahan and Cathy Trent-Vilim recently put on their ‘acting shoes’ to assist Nebraska insurance agents by participating in a mock trial at the Big-I conference in Kearney, Nebraska.  The mock trial, which was based on facts from former agent liability cases, was aimed at educating insurance agents on current E&O issues in the industry.  

25 Oct, 2016

Congratulations to Partner Cathy S. Trent-Vilim

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00October 25th, 2016|Latest News, News|

Ms. Trent-Vilim recently contributed two chapters to the updated Nebraska Appellate Practice Handbook: Chapter 18 (Writing Effective Briefs) and Chapter 20 (Creating an Effective Record for Appeal).  The 2016 Handbook, published by the Nebraska State Bar Association, is now available and may be obtained from the NSBA’s online store.  

19 Oct, 2016

Partner David Schmitt Admitted to The American Board of Trial Advocates

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00October 19th, 2016|Latest News, News|

The American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA) has recently admitted Lamson Dugan & Murray, LLP partner, David Schmitt to its Nebraska chapter. The board is a national association of trial lawyers and judges committed to improving legal representation, promoting the art of advocacy and administering justice. Membership in the organization is by invitation-only and limited to trial attorneys, with extensive courtroom experience, who exhibit high personal character, an honorable reputation [...]

6 Oct, 2016

LDM Welcomes Four New Associates to the Firm

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00October 6th, 2016|Latest News, News|

Jessica L. Weborg is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Weborg received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with honors, from the University of Montana.  She also interned for U.S. Senator Max Baucus at the U.S. Capitol and interned at his field office in Missoula, Montana.  Ms. Weborg received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude. Spencer R. Murphy is an associate in the [...]

6 Oct, 2016

Partners Cathy S. Trent-Vilim and Patrick G. Vipond Obtain Summary Judgment

By |2018-07-11T18:17:15+00:00October 6th, 2016|Latest News, News|

Congratulations to LDM partners Cathy S. Trent-Vilim and Patrick G. Vipond, who recently obtained a summary judgment for their client.  The client, an insurance agency, was sued by a worker’s compensation insurer who alleged an insurance agent misrepresented material information on an insurance policy application.  The insurer alleged that had correct information been provided, the insurer would have never issued the worker’s compensation policy and would not have been required [...]

30 Sep, 2016

IRS Concession Regarding the Private Foundation/Self-Dealing Rules

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 30th, 2016|Latest News, News|

Bob Murray and Katie French of our office have just resolved a multi-million dollar case with the Internal Revenue Service in which the Service conceded the proposed imposition of excise taxes under I.R.C. § 4941(a)(1) and (b)(1). The case in point involved the early termination of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (“CRUT”).  The IRS conceded the issue of self-dealing after the taxpayers demonstrated that they had followed the rationale of a [...]

19 Sep, 2016

Cathy Trent-Vilim and William Lamson, Jr. Present to the Appellate Practice Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 19th, 2016|Latest News, News|

On August 30, 2106, partners Cathy Trent-Vilim and William M. Lamson, Jr. presented Creating an Effective Record for Appeal to the Appellate Practice Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  Those in attendance received information about creating a record for a successful appeal.

16 Aug, 2016

Ten Lamson, Dugan & Murray Partners Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00August 16th, 2016|Latest News, News|

Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP is proud to announce that 10 of its partners have been selected by their peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. William M. Lamson, Jr. Best Lawyers® 2017 in Bet-the-Company Litigation Best Lawyers® 2017 in Commercial Litigation Best Lawyers® 2017 in Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants Best Lawyers® 2017 in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Best Lawyers® 2017 in Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Robert J. [...]

18 May, 2016

Sean Minahan Presents to the Nebraska Chapter Construction Specification Institute

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00May 18th, 2016|Latest News, News|

On May 9, 2016, partner Sean Minahan provided a presentation to the Nebraska Chapter Construction Specification Institute: http://www.csinebraska.org/about-us. Mr. Minahan’s presentation provided those in attendance information and real world examples of the legal issues created by the OSHA Multi-Employer worksite policy and indemnity clauses found in most construction contracts.

18 Aug, 2015

Eleven Lamson, Dugan & Murray Partners Named In The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00August 18th, 2015|Latest News, News|

Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP is proud to announce that 11 of its partners have been selected by their peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.  In addition, William Settles has been recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in a respective field, where only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored. William M. Lamson, Jr. Best Lawyers® 2016 in Bet-the-Company Litigation Best Lawyers® [...]

21 Apr, 2015

Partner William Lamson and Associate Sarah Smith Obtain Favorable Arbitration Award

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00April 21st, 2015|Latest News, News|

LDM Partner William M. Lamson, Jr. and associate Sarah M. Smith successfully prosecuted an arbitration on behalf of a corporation against a former vendor.  The corporation claimed that the vendor had submitted fraudulent billing in conspiracy with a former employee as part of a kickback scheme.  The arbitrator found in favor of the corporation on all of its claims, awarding $2.6 million in damages.  The Firm congratulates Mr. Lamson, Ms. [...]

21 Apr, 2015

Partner Mark Novotny and Law Clerk Ryan Crnkovich Summarize Nebraska Minor Consent Laws

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00April 21st, 2015|Latest News, News|

Partner Mark Novotny and Law Clerk Ryan Crnkovich were recently published in the Patient Safety Solutions “Advisory”, April 2015 edition summarizing Nebraska minor consent laws.  Mr. Novotny and Mr. Crnkovich summarize the age of majority laws in Nebraska and discuss the statutory and case law authority for minors discussing  emancipation, marriage, organ donation, sexually transmitted diseases, mental health and substance abuse, emergency treatment, abortion, contracts, leases, powers of attorney for [...]

24 Mar, 2015

Partner Craig Martin Installed as Member of Board for Associated Builders and Contractors, Cornhusker Chapter

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00March 24th, 2015|Latest News, News|

Craig Martin is a new member of the board for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Cornhusker Chapter.  ABC is a leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry and promotes "merit shop", a philosophy that awards work to the most qualified and lowest bidder regardless of labor affiliation.

23 Mar, 2015

Partner David Schmitt at the Forefront of Cyber and Telecom Issues

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Latest News, News|

David Schmitt received his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Nebraska's Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program in 2013.  This program which was started in 2008 has had 42 lawyers graduate since its inception.  Click here to read more about NU's "space law" program and Mr. Schmitt's interview with the Omaha World Herald regarding his cyber law practice.

16 Mar, 2015

Partners Brian Brislen and Dan Waters Presenting at NBI Seminar May 5, 2015

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00March 16th, 2015|Latest News, News|

Brian Brislen and Dan Waters will be presenting on a variety of subjects at an NBI Seminar to be held on May 5, 2015 at the Scott Conference Center.  The seminar, “Partnership and Shareholder Disputes from Start to Finish” will guide participants through ownership conflicts in family-owned and closely-held businesses.  For more information, please click here.

13 Mar, 2015

Partner Sean Minahan Presents at 2014 LEAD Alumni Conference

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00March 13th, 2015|Latest News, News|

Sean Minahan, a fellow of LEAD 31,  presented at the 2014 LEAD Alumni Conference on January 17, 2015 in Kearney, Ne.  The presentation topic was an explanation of the proposed changes to the EPA's definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.  The Nebraska LEAD Program began 33 years ago to develop future agricultural leaders in Nebraska.  You can learn more about this program at http://lead.unl.edu/.

11 Oct, 2014

Jason Grams Elected President of the Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00October 11th, 2014|Latest News, News|

On July 1, 2014, Jason Grams became president of the Omaha, Nebraska chapter of the American Inns of Court.  The Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court is a distinguished group of judges, lawyers, and law students dedicated to the development of civility, ethics, professionalism, and excellence in the legal profession.  Jason previously served as treasurer and president-elect of the Inn.

11 Oct, 2014

Jason Grams Graduates from the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00October 11th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Jason W. Grams graduated from the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy on July 18, 2014.  The mission of the NSBA Leadership Academy is to develop the leadership skills of the participants to allow them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and their community.  Academy participants engage in day-long monthly seminars on a variety of topics including (1) leadership skills, (2) governance/community service, (3) legislative session, (4) interacting [...]

8 Oct, 2014

Partner John Walker Defends Motor Vehicle Negligence Jury Trial

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00October 8th, 2014|Latest News, News|

LDM Partner John Walker successfully defended a motor vehicle negligence jury trial in the Lancaster County District Court.  The jury returned a verdict favorable to LDM’s clients.  The Plaintiff’s attorney requested the jury return a verdict of $25,000.  Mr. Walker recommended $4,000 or a lesser amount if the jury felt it appropriate.  The jury returned a verdict of $3,508.41.  This amount was less than an offer to confess previously filed [...]

24 Sep, 2014

Jason Grams Completes the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s Trial College

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 24th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Jason W. Grams has completed the NARTC’s 2014 College of Railroad Trial Advocacy.  The college is a seven-day immersive mock trial experience involving small groups of students instructed by highly experienced railroad trial lawyers.  Approximately 30 students are selected annually for the college, which is held at the Four Seasons hotel in Irving, Texas.

24 Sep, 2014

Jason Grams Appointed Nebraska Representative to the Advisory Committee of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 24th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Effective January 1, 2014, Eighth Circuit Chief Judge William Jay Riley appointed Jason W. Grams to a four-year term as the Nebraska member of the Federal Advisory Committee to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Established by 28 U.S.C. § 2077(b), the committee’s primary purpose is to make recommendations to the court regarding its rules and operating procedures.  Jason will also serve on the attorney admission fee fund subcommittee.  His [...]

22 Sep, 2014

Partner Craig Martin to Speak at American Society of Professional Estimators

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Latest News, News|

Partner Craig Martin will be presenting to the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) on October 8th on the differences between Litigation and Arbitration, and how Mediation can factor into both.  He will also be reviewing contract language and the impact that language can have on how a company may pursue or defend claims on a project.

22 Sep, 2014

Partner Cathy S. Trent-Vilim Obtains Favorable Arbitration Award

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Latest News, News|

LDM Partner Cathy S. Trent-Vilim recently obtained an arbitration award in her Client’s favor in a crop insurance case.  The claimant alleged that the crop insurer improperly removed the claimant’s New Producer status, resulting in an overpayment of indemnity benefits.  The parties agreed to proceed under expedited procedures and to submit the matter to the arbitrator in writing.  Three business days after the claimant submitted his rebuttal submission, the arbitrator [...]

15 Sep, 2014

Seven Lamson, Dugan & Murray Partners Named In The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00September 15th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Lamson, Dugan & Murray is proud to announce that 7 of its partners have been selected by their peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.  In addition, 2 partners have been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective fields, where only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored. William M. Lamson, Jr. Best Lawyers® 2015 in Bet-the-Company Litigation Best Lawyers® [...]

26 Aug, 2014

Partner Bill Settles Obtains Verdict in Favor of Orthopedic Surgeons

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00August 26th, 2014|Latest News, News|

LDM Partner Bill Settles recently completed a weeklong medical malpractice jury trial in the Lancaster County District Court.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of LDM’s clients, two orthopedic surgeons from Lincoln, NE.  The case involved the treatment of a complex ankle fracture in a fifteen year-old patient.  The patient developed a growth arrest in the ankle and required surgery to correct the resulting deformity.  He went on to [...]

18 Jul, 2014

Partner Dave Schmitt Publishes Article Analyzing Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00July 18th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Partner Dave Schmitt published an article in the Creighton Law Review:   David J. Schmitt, The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act Should Not Apply To The Misuse Of Information Accessed With Permission, 47 Creighton L. Rev. 423 (2014).  The article analyzes the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which has been the subject of conflicting and contrary judicial interpretations as to whether it is limited to violations of [...]

15 Jul, 2014

Partner Denise Destache Presents on Legal Issues in Nursing

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00July 15th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Partner Denise Destache presented at the Nurse Leader Immersion Weekend sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center at its Kearney campus on June 28th.  The presentation was on legal issues in nursing and included lecture, case evaluations, and mock depositions.  The seminar was attended by nurse administrators, nurse educators, and nurses enrolled in advanced practice nursing programs.

13 Jun, 2014

Partner Brian Brislen Presents at Nebraska Defense Counsel Annual Meeting

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00June 13th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Partner Brian Brislen presented What I Learned About Litigation From Teaching Trial Advocacy at the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association's Annual Meeting on June 6, 2014, at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Mr. Brislen currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for Creighton School of Law and has taught trial practice classes and legal writing and lawyering skills.

13 Jun, 2014

Michael Storey Joins Firm

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00June 13th, 2014|Latest News, News|

Michael Storey has joined our Litigation Department as an associate attorney.  He received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law and bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Finance from Creighton University.  Mr. Storey worked two years for the Nebraska Supreme Court as a clerk to the Honorable Michael McCormack prior to joining the Firm.

11 Jun, 2014

Partner Denise Destache Presents at NONL

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00June 11th, 2014|Latest News, News|

On May 14th, Denise Destache presented to the Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders (NONL).  The members of NONL are nursing leaders from Nebraska health care facilities, agencies, and colleges of nursing.  The topic of the presentation was "The Role of Nurse Leaders in Preventing and Responding to Malpractice Claims.

2 May, 2014

Craig Martin’s Blog Voted 2014 Best Construction Blog

By |2018-07-11T18:17:16+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Latest News, News|

We are pleased to announce that our Construction Contractor Advisor blog was selected as the 2014 Best Construction Blog by Construction News and Report Group.  You can see the blog by clicking here.  The judges for the competition evaluated the competitors’ blogs for frequency, design, writing quality and relevance, and found our Construction Contractor Advisor blog to be a good resource for all things related to construction law.