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McGrath North Board Gets Doused
A wet day Wednesday just got wetter for six members of the McGrath North law firm’s board of directors as they accepted Gavilon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
From left, Dan Pape, Jim Powers, Executive Vice President Bill Hargens, Chairman and President Roger Wells, Jeff Pirruccello and Jim Wegner endured the icy bath at high noon with many of their colleagues watching and waiting with towels. Wells then challenged “our friends at ConAgra and Westin Foods” to take the plunge. The challenge raises money and awareness of the disease.

Koley Jessen Welcomes Slone as Of Counsel
Koley Jessen recently announced that Bryan E. Slone has joined as Of Counsel with the firm. He will lead Koley Jessen’s tax practice group and conduct a government affairs practice.
Slone provides advice to clients in the areas of federal and state taxation, tax dispute resolution, international tax and transfer pricing, bankruptcy tax, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and government policy and administrative procedure. He has over thirty years’ experience in the governmental and private sectors, which includes the representation of both domestic and international clients in Washington, D.C. and in the former East Berlin, where he co-founded the first U.S. law office following the reunification of Germany.  Prior to running in the Nebraska primary gubornatorial race in 2013, Slone served as managing partner at Deloitte’s Omaha office.  He was tax counsel to a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means
Committee during consideration of the 1986 Tax Reform Act. He was also assistant to the commissioner (legislative liason) of the Internal Revenue Service.  Starting this fall, Slone will teach four courses a year that reflect his accounting expertise as the first Executive-in-Residence in the School of Accountancy at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s College of Business Administration.
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Eynon-Kokrda Recognized in Best Lawyers
EEKLegal, LLC recently announced that Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in the field of education law. This is the eighth consecutive year she has received such recognition.
Eynon-Kokrda’s practice includes handling employment issues, student and faculty rights, campus safety, privacy, regulatory compliance for institutions and corporations, finance, leases, and contracting for the various business, education and non-profit clients she represents. She has extensively worked legislative initiatives at the state and federal level as a former lobbyist, and she brings a keen investigative focus  to her practice as a former special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is a frequent presenter and author of many articles, and a former adjunct professor at Creighton University School of Law.  
Eynon-Kokrda earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from  Creighton University School of Law.  A fluent French speaker, she  holds a master of arts degree in foreign language and literature and a bachelor of arts degree in French language and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a diploma from La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Eynon-Kokrda is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and is a business partner with the Non-Profit Association of the Midlands. She is licensed to practice in Nebraska, Iowa and before the United States Supreme Court.
For more information regarding EEKLegal, please visit the firm’s website at

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2015 Best Lawyers in America
Recognizes 14 Kutak Rock Omaha Attorneys

Kutak Rock recently announced that 14 of its Omaha attorneys are included in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America publication.  The lawyers are listed among the 56 total Kutak Rock attorneys recognized in the Best Lawyers 2015 listing.
The Omaha attorneys honored include: Robert L. Cohen, health care law; Thomas H. Dahlk, commercial litigation, litigation - mergers and acquisitions, litigation - regulatory enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) and litigation - securities; H. Dale Dixon, III, banking and finance law; Joyce A. Dixon, banking and finance law, corporate law and real estate law; Patrick B. Griffin, commercial litigation and litigation - securities; Howard Fredrick Hahn, non-profit/charities law and tax law; Bartholomew L. McLeay, commercial litigation; Michael G. Mullin, insurance law, mediation and personal injury litigation - defendants; John P. Passarelli, bet-the-company litigation, franchise law, litigation - antitrust, litigation - intellectual property and litigation - patent; Patricia Schuett Peterson, public finance law; John E. Schembari, employee benefits (ERISA) law and litigation - ERISA; Robert M. Slovek, commercial litigation; Edward G. Warin, commercial litigation and criminal defense - white-collar; and Jeffrey T. Wegner, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation - banking and finance.
 For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has conducted exhaustive peer review surveys to publish its annual list of premier lawyers and is now issued in nearly 70 countries.
For more information regarding Kutak Rock, please go to their website at

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Robert Rossiter Jr.
Rossiter Is Nebraska Senators’ Pick
To Fill Next Federal Judgeship

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Nebraska’s U.S. Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer announced Friday their recommendation of Omaha attorney Robert Rossiter Jr. to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska,
This vacancy was created by Judge Joseph Bataillon’s decision to retire and take senior status.
They have submitted his name to President Obama and although they are both Republicans, as is Rossiter, traditionally the president gives deference to the home state senators’ selections.

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, addresses conference-goers at last Thursday’s Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference awards luncheon. Her topic: Understanding Brown (In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education).
Understanding ‘Brown’
Civil Rights Litigator Offers Perspective

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Choosing Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director–Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., to address the large luncheon crowd at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference last Thursday was a no-brainer.
Yes, she is well equipped to tackle the ramifications of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
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Omaha’s own D.C. “Woody” Bradford, Founding Member of Bradford & Coenen, LLC, at left, was presented the American Inns of Court Circuit Professionalism Award. With the listing of his many accomplishments and honors, it was not hard to figure out how the committee arrived at their decision.
The long and short of it is, these two (on the right) represent the hard work of so many volunteers to make this conference a rousing success. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon and Conference Executive Director Millie B. Adams worked tirelessly, not only throughout the conference but for many months before, planning the staggering number of offerings and events. Everything came off without a (noticeable) hitch – even the food was terrific.
Bataillon said the judges of the U.S. District Court for Nebraska wanted to acknowledge their fellow lawyers and judges, with this statement: “Thank you to the lawyers of the Omaha Bar Association for their help breaking the all-time attendance record for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, held August 6-8, 2014.”

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Retired IRS Agent Ray Thomas is Hancock & Dana’s “secret sauce.” Now he can be yours too, the accounting firm says.
Hancock & Dana Is Betting You’ll Want
This Former IRS Agent on Your Team

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Recor

There are two certainties in life: Death and Taxes.
And what’s the word most likely to strike fear and panic into just about any American? Audit.
Enter Ray Thomas.
If there were ever a man you’d want in your corner, it would be him. A 26-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service, Thomas now finds himself on the other side of that barbed wire fence at Hancock & Dana.

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Contact Hancock & Dana at 402-391-1065 or visit for more information on how you can engage Ray Thomas’s services.
Nebraska’s First Certified
French Court Interpreter Sworn In

Ms. Frederique Sevet-Collier, of Lincoln, is the first French interpreter to have successfully completed requirements to become a Nebraska Certified Court Interpreter. She joins a small but growing group of certified court interpreters for languages which include Spanish, Russian, American-Sign, Mandarin-Chinese, and Somali. Individuals from French speaking countries like Liberia, Algeria and Haiti have utilized French Court Interpreters in Nebraska.
Sevet-Collier participated in the Nebraska Supreme Court Certification Ceremony held at the State Capitol in Lincoln last Monday, along with newly-certified Spanish language interpreter Caden Tait of Omaha. Jerry Cuevas of Omaha, and Julie Sellers of Atchison, Kansas was also recognized during the ceremony with transfer certifications into Nebraska.

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For a full listing of Nebraska Certified Court Interpreters including Sevet-Collier, Tait, Cuevas and Sellers go to

Carlson & Burnett Welcomes White as Partner
Carlson & Burnett, LLP recently announced that Terry A. White has joined the firm as a partner. A Creighton University School of Law graduate, White’s practice focuses on employment discrimination, labor law, white collar crime and general commercial litigation.  She brings significant experience in state, federal and tax courts to Carlson & Burnett.
White’s professional memberships include the Nebraska State Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association Budget & Planning Committee, Nebraska State Bar Association Professional Enhancement Committee, Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Committee, American Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
For more information regarding Carlson & Burnett, please go to their website at

Stalnaker, Becker & Buresh
Welcomes Eckel To the Firm
Stalnaker, Becker & Buresh, P.C. recently announced the addition of Gene Eckel as a new attorney at the firm.
Eckel, a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Creighton University School of Law, focuses his practice on multi-family housing, fair housing litigation, commercial real estate, commercial litigation and general business representation. His experience includes bench trials and arguments before the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Nebraska Supreme Court.
For more information regarding Stalnaker, Becker & Buresh, please visit their website at

Schemmer Welcomes Steffen and Rasmussen
The Schemmer Associates, Inc., recently announced that Tim Steffen, P.E., has joined the firm as a civil engineer in the transportation department, and Matt Rasmussen, P.E., as a structural engineer in the bridge department. Steffen will be based in the Lincoln office and Rasmussen in the Omaha office.
Steffen is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, with more than 19 years of experience in the civil engineering and construction industry. His project experience includes roadway design, drainage design and safety inspection of in-service bridges, as well as NEPA and environmental documentation for a wide range of transportation projects. He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  Steffen will lead design efforts for municipal, county and state clients and will perform project design and management tasks for rural and urban street and highway projects.
Rasmussen is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, with more than 10 years of experience in the design and inspection of highway bridges and roadway construction. Rasmussen has a bachelor of
science degree in civil engineering and a master of structural mechanics and materials degree from the University of Iowa. He is also a certified Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Lead Bridge Inspector. Rasmussen will be involved in all project design aspects, as well as providing support for future projects and business development.
For more information regarding The Schemmer Associates, Inc., please go to their website at

   From left, Cassie Strom, Judge Joseph Bataillon, Aimee Bataillon and Judge Michael Melloy represent half of the panel members who shared their experiences with a crowd ….
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Infinity Project
Father-Daughter Day Never Like This

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

They slipped in and out of Omaha unnoticed by the local press, except for The Daily Record. Seven hundred and forty strong, judges and lawyers, some with spouses and families from seven states, converged in Omaha last week for a biennial three day judicial conference for the Eighth Circuit, who’s Chief Judge is Omaha’s William Jay Riley. It was the largest attendance ever for the conference.
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Ben Thompson discusses dispute resolution strategies with ADR coordinator Hilarie DeGoei.
Affirmative Dispute Resolution
Ben Thompson: ‘I Think It’s the Future’

By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

Ben Thompson believes strongly in affirmative dispute resolution. So much so, the 38-year-old attorney has decided to follow an old saying. He has chosen, both literally and figuratively, to put his money where his mouth is.
The self-identified “legal entrepreneur” has practiced law for 14 years and opened his own law office in 2007, but he started a new enterprise, Affirmative Dispute Resolution, next door to his law offices earlier this year.

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Terrence P. Maher
May 10, 1959 – August 12, 2014
“Selfless” is the word most likely to describe attorney Terry Maher to a “T.”
He gave freely of his unique talents while working at Baird Holm. A national expert in electronic financial services, most notably in the payment card industry, he shared his knowledge with clients and colleagues. He mentored his team, making possible a smooth succession for his clients.
He certainly gave his time and attention and love to his three now-adult children, Steven Patrick, Caroline Ann and Joseph Michael, and his wife, Mary Katherine. He loved taking the family on trips, especially skiing, where he would serve as the self-appointed “cook” at the end of the day.


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Convenient Care Plus company founders Scott Cooney, left, and Mark Quandahl, plan expansion nationwide.      – Photo by
Convenient Care Plus
Designed to Meet ‘Their Needs, Not Ours’

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

An Omaha-based company is showing strong vital signs, expanding into new markets and collecting accolades as the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for August.

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Omaha’s Bookworm Bookstore has plenty of copies of Bloody Lies on display in anticipation of John Ferak’s visit there Sunday at 1 p.m.    – Author’s photo
A CSI Scandal in the Heartlands
Reporter John Ferak Publishes ‘Bloody Lies’

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Easter Sunday, 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock retired for the night at their Cass County farmhouse near Murdock, Neb., after a busy day with family. They would not live to see the dawn.
Person or persons unknown shot the well-known and well-liked couple to death in their bedroom.

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John Slowiaczek listed “happy clients” as the biggest reward of Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, adding that he is looking forward to more successes in the future.
The Focus Is Clearly on Family Law
At Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

In the early 1960s, Neal Sedaka recorded “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” The song was a hit, and did so well that he recorded and released it twice.
The real life version often does not play out so harmoniously, which is why John Slowiaczek and his partners and associates at Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, P.C. L.L.O. can be good people to know.
Last year Slowiaczek and his law partners, Virginia Albers, Adam Astley and T. Geoffrey “Jeff” Lieben, decided to set up a new firm.

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The Omaha Bar Association
cordially invites you to our
Thursday, September 11, 2014
First National Wealth Management
14010 FNB Parkway
Omaha, NE

Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Musical Entertainment by
Former Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy

OBA Members Only; $20 Per Attendee

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