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NATA Seminar "Practice Pointers"


Friday, December 6, 2019
Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street, Omaha, Nebraska

Program Chair: Kathleen Neary, Powers Law, Lincoln


8:00 a.m.
Registration. Continental Breakfast will be served


8:20 – 8:30 a.m.   
Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Kathleen Neary, Program Chair, Powers Law, Lincoln

8:30 – 8:55             
Getting Difficult Evidence Admitted at Trial

Matt Knowles, Knowles Law Firm, Omaha

8:55 – 9:25             
View from the Bench

The Honorable Horacio J. Wheelock, Judge of the District Court, 4th Judicial District, Omaha

9:25 – 9:45             
Successful Strategies for Handling the Motor Vehicle Collision Case Without Major Injuries
from Start to However It Finishes

Vince Powers, Powers Law, Lincoln  

9:45 – 10:00
The Tadros Decision: A Cautionary Tale for the Personal Injury Practitioner         
Matt Miller, Matthew G. Miller PC, LLO, Omaha                                                                         

10:00 – 10:10        

10:10 – 10:40        
Practical Tips for the Work Comp Practitioner

Jill Schroeder, Court Administrator, Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court, Lincoln

10:40  – 11:00      
Caselaw Update:  Decisions Affecting your Client’s Work Comp and Other Tort Cases
Michael Khalili, Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & Lathrop, PC , Omaha

11:00 – 11:30        
Properly Preserving the Record on Appeal, Appellate Tips and Practices, and
What is a Final Order?

Cathy Trent-Vilim, Lamson Dugan & Murray, LLP, Omaha

11:30 – 11:50        
Essential Legal Interplays between Personal Injury Settlements & Verdicts
and Mandatory Family Law Legal Obligations

Natalie S. Hazen, Ballew Hazen, PC LLO, Lincoln

11:50 – 12:50        
Lunch On Your Own


12:50 – 1:15 p.m.         
Insights from a Former Personal Injury Insurance Adjuster:
“What Plaintiff’s Lawyers Do Right and Wrong in Dealing with Insurance Adjusters.”

Greg Mendoza, Agent/Co-owner, Mittelstadt Agency, Lincoln 

1:15 – 1:35             
Making Every Word Count in Voir Dire, Opening and Closing

Michelle Dreesen Epstein, Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O., Omaha

1:35 – 1:55             
Legislative Update and the 2020 Legislative Session

Senator Steven M. Lathrop,  Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & Lathrop, PC. Omaha

1:55 – 2:15             
Save Your Firm Thousands on Medical Records Requests!

Matt Lathrop, Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, Omaha

2:15 – 2:35             
Defeating the Motion for a Defense Medical Exam of the Plaintiff in Personal Injury Cases

Elizabeth Govaerts, Powers Law, Lincoln

2:35 – 3:00             
Do’s and Don’ts of Managing a Small Law Practice

Mandy Strigenz, Strigenz & Hitz, Papillion 

3:00 – 4:00             
Ethics in the Practice of Law:  Trends, Issues, and Tips
Mark Weber, Counsel for Discipline, Nebraska Supreme Court, Lincoln
(This session of the seminar is at no charge to all Nebraska attorneys)



The registration fee is $250.00 for non-members. The discounted registration fee for NATA members is $195.00.  The seminar registration fee includes lectures, electronic course materials, continental breakfast, breaks and payment for registrants’ Nebraska MCLE credit.

The written materials for NATA’s seminar will be in electronic format, and will be available on NATA’s website prior to the seminar.  A link to the materials will be e mailed 3-4 days in advance of the seminar to all those who pre-registered.   In addition, the materials will be distributed to registrants on flash drives at the seminar.  Wireless Internet is available at the seminar so that materials can be viewed online.  We encourage registrants to bring their laptops or iPads


The Ethics presentation by Mark Weber,Counsel for Discipline, is at no charge to all Nebraska Attorney. Registration is required as notification that you will be attending.

NATA is an accredited sponsor under the regulations of the Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado Supreme Court Boards of Continuing Legal Education. The seminar has been approved for 6.25 hours of Nebraska and Iowa MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics.  Nebraska MCLE Activity #182830.  Iowa Activity #335834

Educational expenses, including registration fees, hotel and travel expenses are deductible if the course aids or improves in maintaining educational skills. (See Treasury reg. 1-162-5)


Join NATA now and pay a special new member seminar registration fee of $170.00. Dues paid now apply to a full year of membership. Join NATA





The Scott Conference Center is located at 6450 Pine St., Omaha. From I-80 East take Exit 449 for 72nd Street.  Turn left onto South 72nd Street, and proceed north to Pine Street. Turn right onto Pine Street, and proceed east to the Scott Conference Center which will be on the left.  Parking is available across the street from the conference center in Parking Lot 9.

Cancellation Policy


Refunds in full will be made if cancellations are received by November 29, 2019. After that date there will be an administrative fee charged for late cancellation.