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14May, 2024

New Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure

By |May 14th, 2024|Categories: Appealing Litigation, Appellate Work, Latest News|

An appeal can be a powerful tool for litigants. An appeal allows an appellate court, a new group of judges, to review whether certain contested issues were properly ruled and decided on by the district court judge. For example, strong appellate advocacy can potentially reverse multimillion dollar verdicts or confirm that an early dismissal was proper. To help the appellate courts review district court rulings, litigants are guided by certain [...]

10May, 2024

Life at LDM | Attorney Spotlight, Cathy Trent-Vilim

By |May 10th, 2024|Categories: Latest News, Life at LDM|

Cathy Trent-Vilim, Partner What is your definition of success? For me, success has two key components.  Professionally, I think there is some truth to the maxim, ‘Do what you love and success will follow.’  To the extent I have any success as an attorney, it is because I love what I do (at least most days). What's the most unique part about working at LDM? The culture, which [...]

8May, 2024

Sean A. Minahan and Austin C. Printz Obtained Favorable Ruling in Federal Crop Insurance Arbitration Case

By |May 8th, 2024|Categories: Latest News|

Partner Sean A. Minahan and Attorney Austin C. Printz obtained a favorable ruling for a farmer from north central Nebraska whose 2021 crop insurance claim was originally denied for lack of an insurable cause of loss for his dryland and irrigated crops. While the insurer later admitted to an insurable cause of loss on the farmers dryland crops, the insurer denied the claim alleging the farmer failed [...]

26Apr, 2024

Drake’s ABA Moot Court Competition

By |April 26th, 2024|Categories: Latest News|

Drake Law School’s ABA NAAC (National Appellate Advocacy Competition) Moot Court team competed in February in the regional competition that took place in Boston at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Lamson Dugan & Murray law clerk Kelsey Schott was a member of the team. The team received their problem in November, submitted their brief in early January, and prepared for competition through January and February. Local attorneys and judges [...]

26Apr, 2024

Partner Cathy Trent-Vilim Argues Three Separate Cases in Front of the Nebraska Supreme Court

By |April 26th, 2024|Categories: Latest News|

During the Nebraska Supreme Court’s recent March and April sessions, Partner Cathy Trent-Vilim presented oral arguments in three separate cases. The first was an appeal defending healthcare professionals. In that appeal, Ms. Trent-Vilim argued the trial court properly granted a directed verdict in favor of the healthcare professional after the plaintiff could not establish his medical expert was sufficiently familiar with the local community where the medical services [...]

26Apr, 2024

LDM Defends Trustee on Appeal

By |April 26th, 2024|Categories: Latest News|

Lamson Dugan & Murray Attorney Ryan P. Tunink presented oral argument to the Iowa Court of Appeals on April 17, 2024, in an appeal defending the appointment of a trustee. The appeal is part of an ongoing intra-family dispute regarding the administration of a woman’s trust. In this specific appeal, Tunink argued that the district court correctly appointed his client as trustee in accordance with the terms of [...]

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