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Affirmative Dispute Resolution has neutrals available to provide ADR procedures such as mediation and arbitration throughout Nebraska


Public and private roster neutrals available for cases throughout Nebraska.  Affirmative Dispute Resolution’s main facility is in Omaha, but ADR procedures may be arranged at other facilities for the convenience of counsel and parties.  Click on a neutral’s name below the image to learn more about his or her qualifications.  You can also download a biography as a PDF file here:

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David Christopher Holcomb, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska 4.3 S.A.D.R. Parenting Act Mediator near Omaha and Lincoln

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

David Christopher Holcomb has been a successful Nebraska State certified mediator since 2001 and has also been a licensed attorney practicing law full-time in the State of Nebraska since 2008. Holcomb’s mediation experience and practice of law includes family law, divorce, child custody, civil disputes, criminal law, real estate and mortgage law, contract law, identity fraud, insurance fraud, financial disputes, church disputes, and entertainment law.

David Christopher Holcomb has completed the mediation training required by the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution, and he is an approved, highly successful Nebraska Parenting Act Mediator. Additionally, David Christopher Holcomb is a Nebraska State certified Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator (“S.A.D.R. Mediator”) — and also an accomplished and successful 4.3 Nebraska Parenting Plan Mediator affiliated with the Nebraska Douglas County Conciliation Court. Additionally, Holcomb is a former therapist, a profound problem solver, an outstanding sincere listener who exceeds goals, and a creative thinker, skilled family mediator, financial mediator, experienced attorney, highly-skilled negotiator, innovative business mediator, and accomplished divorce mediator with over 15 years experience.

David Christopher Holcomb, Mediator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300

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EDUCATION

  • J.D.,Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
  • M.A., Grace University, Omaha, Nebraska (Counseling Psychology)
  • B.A., Dana College, Blair, Nebraska (Majors in English & Psych/Law, Minor in Business)
  • Educated In Creighton University Masters in Business Administration Program
  • Participant In Creighton University’s Masters Degree in Christian Spirituality/Theology Program

ADMISSIONS

  • Nebraska

MEMBERSHIPS & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Attorney, Solo Practice, 2008 to present
  • Internship at District Court of Nebraska

David Holcomb Omaha NE Certified Parenting Plan Mediator

Judge Richard D. Sievers

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Certified Mediator and Arbitrator in Lincoln, NE

Judge Richard Sievers Lincoln NE Mediator Arbitrator ADRRetired Judge Richard Sievers is available to assist parties in conflict with resolving a variety of disputes through mediation and arbitration, including divorce, medical and legal malpractice, agriculture, banking, divorce, commercial, employment, estates and probate, personal injury and others.

  • Trained Mediator
  • Former Chief Judge of Nebraska Court of Appeals

Richard D. Sievers, Mediator & Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 209

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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

After serving as a Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals from January of 1992, including as the Court’s first Chief Judge, Sievers returned to the private practice of law in 2013. He joined the roster of ADR neutrals with Affirmative Dispute Resolution in 2015.

Sievers completed the Nebraska Mediation Association’s Basic Mediation Training, as well as its Parenting/Family Mediation Training in September and November 2012. He is approved by the Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution as a parenting plan mediator.

Sievers’ undergraduate degree is from Kearney State College and he is a 1972 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. He practiced exclusively civil trial law with a Lincoln law firm for 19 years where he was a partner, and an AV rated lawyer. His practice included personal injury, products liability, and worker’s compensation cases as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Sievers also did medical malpractice cases, asbestos litigation, and extensive jury trial work in federal court defending police officers in civil rights litigation, as well as commercial and divorce litigation.

Sievers served on the Court of Appeals from its inception in late 1991 until his retirement from the bench. He authored approximately 1600 opinions covering virtually all types and aspects of civil and criminal litigation. He authored nearly 400 permanently published precedential opinions. His published opinions reflect his particular knowledge and expertise in the areas of professional liability, product liability, water law, insurance coverage, and divorce actions involving complex property division and alimony issues. His leadership in the initial start-up and operation of the new Nebraska appellate court was acknowledged by the Nebraska Bar Association when he was given its Award of Special Merit in October 1996.

While on the Court, Sievers was involved from 2001 to 2012 in the effort to insure access to the court system by people who were attempting to represent themselves. He served during this time as the Chairperson of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s committee on assistance to self-represented litigants. The committee was responsible for the development of a number of innovative and effective strategies and tools to assist self-represented litigants. His efforts and leadership in this regard were recognized by the Nebraska Supreme Court when he received the Court’s award in 2005 as Outstanding Judge for Community Service.

EDUCATION

MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Of Counsel, Perry Guthery Law Firm, 2013 – present, Lincoln, NE

  • Practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, as well as complex divorce litigation and appellate casework

Judge, Nebraska Court of Appeals, 1992-2013, Lincoln, NE

  • Authored approximately 1,600 opinions, covering virtually all aspects of civil and criminal litigation
  • Participated as author judge or panel member in deciding over 10,000 appeals
  • Expertise in complex marital dissolutions, professional liability of all sorts, insurance coverage, product liability, personal injury, worker’s compensation, contract disputes, probate/trusts, and water law

Civil Trial Lawyer, 1973-1992, Lincoln, NE

  • Practice included personal injury, products liability, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, divorce
  • Representation of both plaintiffs and defendants
  • Extensive jury trial work in Federal Court, including civil rights litigation and asbestos litigation

SERVICE

  • University of Nebraska College of Law: Adjunct faculty 1988-2000, Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Litigation
  • Lincoln Legal Aid: 13 years on the Board of Directors, including a term as President of the Board
  • National High School Mock Trial Championship: Presiding Judge at the National Championship Competition for 11 years, served on the organization’s national Board of Directors from 2007-12, including as chair of the Board’s Policy Committee, and as Chair of the Special Committee on Religious Accommodations
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation: Foundation Fellow for over 12 years, and presently serving a second term as a member of the Board of Directors

HONORS & AWARDS

Outstanding Judge for Service to the Community

  • Nebraska Supreme Court, October 2006
  • Given for service to the Judical system to improve access to justice throughout Nebraska for self represented litigants through work as Chairperson of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Committee on Implementation of Assistance to Pro Se Litigants

Award of Special Merit

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, October 1996
  • Given for outstanding leadership as the first Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals in the initial startup and operation of the State’s new appellate court that began operation in January 1992

Hon. Richard Sievers Lincoln NE Mediator Arbitrator (Retired Judge)

Joseph Muller, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Mediator & Arbitrator near Omaha and Lincoln

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Joseph Muller Omaha NE Mediator

Joe Muller is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in personal injury, malpractice, and products liability cases. Joe has helped hundreds of people successfully resolve their cases through negotiated settlements, mediations, arbitrations, or trials. His experience includes writing briefs and arguing a wide variety of issues before trial courts and appellate courts in Nebraska and Iowa, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to being involved in many mediations as an advocate and now a mediator, Joe Muller has obtained a Graduate Certificate from the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University. Joe has completed the mediation training required by the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution, and he is an approved Parenting Act mediator as well.

Joe’s background and experience make him well suited to act as a mediator in a wide variety of disputes. His training can also be useful to work with you as a conflict specialist, whether as a coach, ally, or advocate.

Joseph Muller, Mediator & Arbitrator
13906 Gold Circle, Suite 203
Omaha, NE 68144
402-835-6300, ext. 208

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EDUCATION

ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court, 2010
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008
  • Texas, 1983 (inactive)
  • Nebraska, 1982

MEMBERSHIPS & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Attorney, Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, 1985-2013;
  • Attorney, Bradford & Coenen, 1984-1985

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Joseph Muller, Mediator & Arbitrator in Omaha, NE

Kirk S. Blecha, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Commercial Arbitrator near Omaha and Lincoln

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

kirk_blecha_mediator_omaha_neAttorney Kirk Blecha has nearly 40 years of experience as a commercial litigator with Baird Holm in Omaha, Nebraska. His law practice has included the litigation, mediation and arbitration of commercial and employment cases as well as complex civil litigation.

Kirk is available to assist with arbitrating a variety of disputes throughout Nebraska, including employment, business, contract, insurance, real estate, construction and other matters. He is well acquainted with many judges and lawyers throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

Kirk Blecha, Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 207

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EDUCATION

ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court, 2004
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
  • Iowa, 1975
  • Nebraska, 1974

MEMBERSHIPS & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Of counsel, Baird Holm, 2015;
  • Attorney and Partner, Baird Holm, 1976 to 2014;
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable William C. Stuart, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, 1974 – 1976;
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable Paul White, Chief Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court, 1973-1974

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Member of the 2012 BTI Client All-Stars Team for his exceptional client service
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Commercial Litigation since 2003
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers (© 2013)
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (© 2013)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Obtaining arbitration award in excess of $8.5 million in contract action involving transfer of business
  • Obtaining arbitration award in excess of $1.6 million in employment related stock option case
  • Successfully defending health care provider charged with improperly billing Medicaid over $200,000
  • Successfully defending employer in federal jury trial against claim of age and disability discrimination
  • Successfully defending manufacturer in federal jury trial against claim of breach of contract in sale of manufactured housing
  • Settling state class action for defendant charged with breach of warranty in sale of hardboard siding
  • Settling federal class action for defendant charged with racial discrimination and fraud in sale of product
  • Successfully representing architect in arbitration involving break up of closely-held corporation
  • Successfully representing owner representative in complex litigation against school district
  • Successful trials and appeals in business and commercial litigation, including covenants not to compete, wrongful termination, and workers’ compensation cases
  • Successful trials of complex health law issues

Kirk Blecha, Arbitrator in Omaha, NE

Ben ThompsonBen Thompson President

President & Founder

Affirmative Dispute Resolution
13906 Gold Circle, Suite 203
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone/Fax: 1-402-835-6300, ext. 101

 

 

Ben Thompson is the President and Founder of Affirmative Dispute Resolution.  Ben is an attorney licensed in the states of California, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.  He was engaged in the private practice of law after clerking for a justice with the Nebraska Supreme Court following law school.  Ben has participated in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of various matters, including commercial transactions.  He understands the practical value that alternative dispute resolution can provide to parties in conflict.

In 2004, Ben campaigned in a tightly contested race to represent southwest Omaha’s Legislative District 31 (LD31) as a state senator in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.  He is a Past-President of the Millard Business Association.  Ben has also served on the Executive Board of the Millard Business Association as Vice-President and the Board of Directors of the Millard Town Center Community Foundation.  He is a member of Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska.  Ben grew up in Omaha and remains active in the community. He is married and has three children.

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William J. Morris

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Arbitrator near Lincoln and Omaha

Bill Morris is an experienced trial attorney and arbitrator in the Lancaster, Douglas, Saunders, Cass, Otoe, Gage, Saline and Seward County area and is available to assist parties in conflict with resolving a variety of disputes, including personal injury, health careemployment, administrative law, and others.  He has substantial experience serving as an arbitrator, hearing officer, and administrative law judge for a variety of administrative agencies and offices, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Bill Morris Lincoln NE ArbitratorBill Morris is a Nebraska trial attorney and has been actively practicing law since 1976.  For more than 15 years, Bill has increasingly served Nebraska courts, administrative agencies and private parties as a hearing officer, referee and arbitrator.  His experience makes him well suited to arbitrate Nebraska employment and labor disputes, bodily injury claims, health care matters, administrative claims, or similar conflicts.  Bill is available to serve as a single arbiter or in panel.

Bill is a Nebraska Supreme Court disciplinary referee, presiding over cases of lawyer misconduct. In 2006, he was appointed an administrative law judge for the Nebraska Health and Human Services System, Department of Regulation and Licensure, and he hears cases involving health care provider sanctions. Bill is an arbitrator for the National Association of Health Lawyers.  Bill’s experience in these fields makes him well suited to serve as a legal or medical malpractice arbitrator in Nebraska.

Bill Morris, Arbitrator & Mediator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 206

EDUCATION

LICENSES AND ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Nebraska state and federal courts
  • Colorado state and federal courts
  • Missouri state and federal courts

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    • Chair, NSBA Committee on Mental Health Law
    • Chair, NSBA Publication Committee
    • Member, Nebraska Lawyer Editorial Board
  • Lincoln Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

CIVIC AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Judge, National High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Member, KUCV-FM and Fine Arts Radio, Inc. Board
  • Member, Nebraska Public Radio Advisory Board
  • Director, Vice-President, President, Cornhusker Place, Inc. (detox facility)
  • Member, Campfire of Lincoln board
  • Director, Board Member, finance/personnel committee, People’s City Mission, Inc.
  • Board Member. Lincoln Chamber Orchestrate, Inc .
  • Fellow, Leadership Lincoln VII
  • Member, Lincoln Cable Television Community Board
  • Member Continuum EAP board
  • Member, Valparaiso University School of Law Alumni Association Board
  • Member, Christ Lutheran Church
  • Cub Scout den leader and assistant scoutmaster
  • Cornhusker Council Troop 16
  • BSA Boundary Waters high adventure expedition leader
  • Member, BMW Motorcycle Owners of America

Bill Morris / Lincoln, NE Arbitrator and Mediator

Jim R. Titus, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Lincoln NE Arbitrator and Mediator

Jim Titus is an experienced attorney, mediator and arbitrator in the Lancaster, Douglas, Otoe, Gage, Saline, Saunders, Cass, and Seward County area.  Jim is available to assist parties in conflict throughout Nebraska with resolving a variety of disputes, including health care, real estate, probate, businessemployment, administrative law, and others.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Jim Titus Lincoln, NEJim Titus is a Nebraska attorney and has been actively practicing law since 1979.  As a Lincoln native, Jim knows the business and legal communities well.  Jim has an accounting and business background, having received a degree in accounting and completed the CPA exam (not licensed).  Jim serve on the Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy for eight years, including three years as chairperson.

As a general practitioner with a Lincoln private practice, Jim Titus has experience in many areas, including corporate and business transactional work, estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships.  His private practice has included formation of entities, and the drafting, negotiation and review of contracts, including employment, marketing, licensing, acquisition or sales of businesses, joint ventures, leases, and secured debt transactions.  Jim has also practiced agricultural creditor litigation since 1983, in state courts and bankruptcy courts, and in 2011 was added to the mediation panel of the bankruptcy court.  He has practiced in county and district state courts and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court over his career, involving collection of debts, guardianships, conservatorships and probate.  Jim has also handled administrative appeals for clients before Nebraska state agencies.

Jim has also practiced in healthcare law and has represented many healthcare providers, including a 20+ physician specialty practice, a specialty hospital, a large skilled nursing, home health, rehabilitation and assisted living facility with multiple sites in Nebraska, and other skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities, individual physicians, plus many other healthcare providers.  His representation has involved employment contracts, buy-in and buy-out contracts, joint ventures, compliance assistance with federal regulations and other issues impacting transactions, vendor contracts, National Practitioner Data Bank issues, sales, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, non-competition contracts, entity formation and other general counsel representation.

Since 2002, Jim has also served as an arbitrator or hearing officer on over 200 cases.  He serves on several national arbitration panels, hearing contract disputes.  Jim has served as an arbitrator and hearing officer, hearing disputes and recommending findings of fact and conclusions of law, or as arbitrator deciding cases, for various state agencies and one federal entity.  The cases Jim has heard or decided as a hearing officer and arbitrator include professional licensure cases involving healthcare providers, certified public accountants, attorneys, real estate brokers, notaries public, teachers and private detectives, and also non-licensure areas such as employee grievances, state taxation and grant revocation.

Jim’s experience makes him well suited to arbitrate and mediate Nebraska health care, business, employment, guardianship, conservatorship, real estate, administrative claims, or similar disputes. As a Lincoln NE arbitrator, Jim is available to serve as a single arbiter or on a panel of arbitrators.

Jim Titus, Arbitrator & Mediator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 205

EDUCATION

LICENSES AND ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Nebraska state and federal courts

MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Attorney

    • Morris & Titus Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O., Lincoln, Nebraska (1979-present)
  • Hearing Officer and Arbitrator

    • Various agencies and offices

Jim Titus / Lincoln NE Arbitrator and Mediator

Waldine “Dean” H. Olson, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Commercial Arbitrator near Omaha and Lincoln

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Dean Olson Omaha Nebraska ArbitratorAttorney Dean Olson is a commercial arbitrator available to assist with arbitrating a variety of disputes throughout Nebraska, including personal injury, business, contract, employment, insurance, real estate, construction and other matters. His full-time civil litigation law practice included the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in major civil litigation, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Olson was engaged in a full-time civil litigation practice for over 35 years and has been a commercial arbitrator for over 25 years.

Olson’s substantial commercial arbitration experience is an asset to parties in conflict and their counsel.  Whether the dispute involves personal injury and insurance defense (such as product, automobile, commercial, crop, and environmental claims), commercial litigation (such as business contract disputes, inverse condemnation actions, corporate shareholder disputes) or any phases of construction litigation (including building owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers), Olson is adept at conducting arbitration proceedings in a professional, impartial and efficient manner.

Dean Olson, Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 204

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1965
  • B.S., Midland College, 1962

ADMISSIONS

  • Colorado, 1965
  • Nebraska, 1966
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1972

MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Of Counsel, Nolan, Olson & Stryker, P.C., L.L.O., 2009 to present;
  • Of Counsel and Partner, Nolan, Olson, Hansen, Lautenbaugh & Buckley LLP (and predecessor firms), 1997-2008;
  • Shareholder and Partner, Schmid, Mooney & Frederick, P.C. (and predecessor firms), 1971-97;
  • Attorney and Partner, Harden, Olson & Napheys (and predecessor firm), 1965-71 .

INSURANCE-RELATED EXPERIENCE/EXPERTISE

Dean Olson’s private law practice included litigation in all Nebraska courts on a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Business Interruption/Property Loss
  • Agency/Broker Issues
  • Claims Management Practices (e.g. bad faith claims)
  • Property/Casualty Insurance

His insurance practice also included the issuance of numerous Insurance Coverage opinions relating to Allocation of Loss Among Multiple Insurers, Primary/Excess Issues, Coverage Trigger Issues, Interpretation and Application of Exclusionary Clauses, and various other first- and third-party coverage. Olson’s experience as a Neutral has included several high-dollar Crop Insurance claims in four Midwestern states.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Personal Injury/Insurance Defense

  • Representation of manufacturer of transformer in wrongful death action for damages resulting from alleged electrical explosion. Verdict for defendant manufacturer. Affirmed on appeal. Erickson et al. v. Monarch Industries, Inc. et al. , 216 Neb. 875 (1984).
  • Representation of homeowners in action to recover damages for injuries resulting from exposure to termiticide. Summary judgment for defendants reversed on appeal.  Settled via mediation. Malleck v. The Dow Chemical Corp. et al., 2000 Neb. App. LEXIS 312 (2000).
  • Representation of manufacturer of oil well service rig for alleged design and manufacturing deficiencies resulting in crush injury from falling pulley assembly. Verdict for defendant. Goforth v. Crane Carrier Corp., U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Commercial Litigation

  • Representation of public carrier in inverse condemnation action arising out of urban renewal project. Greyhound Lines v. City of Omaha, District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of national credit card processor in defense of action for damages due to cancellation of processing agreement. Benchmark, Inc. v. First National Bank of Omaha, District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of majority shareholders in minority shareholder suit to force liquidation and dissolution of family-owned corporation, owner of 80,000+ acre ranch in western Nebraska. Caldwell v. Ressegieus, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Construction Litigation

  • Representation of general contractor in action for recovery of damages for alleged deficiencies in the design and construction of pharmacy college building. Summary judgment for defendant. Affirmed on appeal. Board of Regents of the Univ. of Nebraska v. Lueder Constr. Co., 230 Neb. 686 (1988).
  • Representation of geological engineer in action for recovery of damages resulting from subsidence of airport parking garage under construction. Settled during trial. Omaha Airport Authority v. Woodward Clyde et al. , District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of well driller in action for recovery of damages for alleged groundwater contamination at galvanizing and manufacturing facility. Verdict for defendant. Affirmed on appeal. Lindsay Mfg. v. Bruce Gilmore Assoc. et al., 246 Neb. 495 (1994).

Other Experience

Dean Olson served in a quasi-judicial capacity during six-year term on the Nebraska District Two Disciplinary Committee on Inquiry, which heard and decided grievances against practicing attorneys. Olson also served as court-appointed referee to hear evidence and provide recommendations in attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Arbitration Experience

Dean Olson has served as an arbitrator since 1987.  Representative arbitration cases include:

  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute arising out of the rebuild of a municipal cable television system.
  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute arising out of joint venture agreement for ownership and management of luxury golf club.
  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute involving alleged wrongful liquidation of a margin account by securities broker.
  • Arbitration of dispute involving alleged wrongful termination of employment of insurance agent.
  • Arbitration of dispute arising out of alleged wrongful termination of distributorship contract.
  • Arbitration of two separate disputes arising out of alleged denial of benefits and cancellation of excess loss insurance coverage for group health benefit plans.
  • Arbitration of several crop insurance claims.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

Resolving eDiscovery Disputes in Large Complex Arbitrations 2015; Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections 2015; Recent Trends in Challenging Arbitrator Authority 2014; Disclosure, Vacatur, Sanctions, and Arbitrator Authority 2013; Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing 2012; What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority 2011; Navigating the Construction Arbitration Roadmap 2011; Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration 2011; Ethics 101: Mediators, Arbitrators, Attorneys 2011; Judicial Remands of Challenged Awards 2009; Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics 2008; Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure 2007; Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties 2005; Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues 2002; numerous other ADR training.

Dean Olson / Commercial Arbitrator in Omaha, NE

Commercial Arbitrator

W. Eric Wood, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Real Estate Mediator near Omaha and Lincoln

W. Eric Wood, J.D.Mediator & ArbitratorEric Wood is an experienced mediator in the Douglas, Sarpy and Cass County area and is available to assist parties in conflict with resolving a variety of disputes, including agriculture, real estatebusiness, contractsemploymentproperty, and others.

  • Over 15 years’ experience as a mediator
  • Over 34 years of private law practice – primary areas include agriculture, banking, business, contracts, estate planning, real estate, business bankruptcy re-organizations, litigation, and probate
  • 10 years active duty as an officer with the US Air Force
  • 12 years as a Reserve JAG officer in the USAF – retired as Lieutenant Colonel
  • Partner in mid-size law firm
  • 4 years as Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory matters for a large financial institution
  • Former licensed real estate agent in Nebraska
  • Owner and principal manager of a successful Nebraska small business since 1999

Eric Wood, Mediator & Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 203

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

W. Eric Wood is a Nebraska attorney and has been actively practicing across the state for more than 34 years.  He has been active with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Mediation Program and Nebraska Farm Hotline, the Center for Rural Affairs, Legal Aid of Nebraska and the USDA Farm Mediation Program since 1990.  Wood has been an Agriculture Clinic legal counselor during that period and has served as an agriculture mediator for more than 10 years.   He is presently an approved mediator on the mediator panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska.

With extensive legal, financial, management, business and mediation experience, Wood is well positioned to assist parties with resolving a variety of disputes. Wood’s education includes a Masters in Business Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law. Since 1999, Wood has owned a successful manufacturing business that he and his son manage.  His extensive management and business experience is a valuable asset when mediating business, contract, real estate and banking disputes. Eric Wood uses a collaborative mediation approach rather than an intermediary approach.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1980
  • M.B.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1976
  • B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1968

AVOCATIONS

  • Private Pilot with Instrument rating
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast
  • Golf, fishing and outdoor activities
  • Travel

Eric Wood / Nebraska Real Estate Mediator, Agriculture, Business, Banking, Probate

Commercial Mediator

Kathleen Folkerts, M.S.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Conflict Specialist in Omaha

Kathleen Folkerts Omaha NE Conflict SpecialistKathleen (Fitzgerald) Folkerts is a Nebraska Conflict Specialist with formal training in resolving disputes.  She received her Master’s degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute at Creighton University in Omaha.

Ms. Folkerts is an Omaha native with a business background with entities ranging from sole proprietorships to large scale corporate structures.  Most recently her primary involvement has been with non-profit companies, and currently Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

As a Conflict Specialist, Ms. Folkerts takes an adaptive approach involving three types of roles: Ally RolesThird Party Roles and System Roles.

Ally Roles

Third Party Roles

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Trainer
  • Evaluator

System Roles

  • Designer
  • Evaluator
  • Ombudsman

Through these roles, Ms. Folkerts focuses on client needs and works with them to develop an effective plan to constructively engage conflict and its resolution.  To do this, she applies skills acquired from both formal education and training sessions, as well as knowledge attained from collaborating with local professionals in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field.

Ms. Folkerts is a Conflict Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, and she is available to assist with resolving a variety of disputes, including business, community, and intense family law matters including the mediation of parenting plans.

Kathleen Folkerts, Conflict Specialist
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 202

Education

Memberships & Honors

  • Nebraska Mediation Association
    • Active participant of the Communication Committee
    • Inaugural Recipient of the Ron Volkmer Family Mediation Scholarship, Creighton University Werner Institute

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Kathleen Folkerts, M.S. / Conflict Specialist in Omaha, NE

Conflict Specialist

Judge Daniel J. Beckwith

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Certified Mediator in Omaha

Omaha Nebraska MediatorJudge Beckwith is an experienced mediator in Omaha, Nebraska available to assist parties in conflict with resolving a variety of disputes, including community, family, guardianship and conservatorship, probatebusiness, employment, property, personal injury and others.

  • Trained Mediator
  • Former State District County Court Judge
  • Former Tribal Prosecutor
  • Legal Education and Justice Advisor
  • Adjunct Professor / Instructor
  • Child and Family Services Review Evaluator
  • Election Monitor
  • International Consultant Access to Justice
  • Senior Rule of Law Advisor – War Crimes

Daniel Beckwith, Mediator & Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 201

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

As a third party neutral, former trial court judge Dan Beckwith leverages his extensive experience in both traditional and alternative dispute resolution to provide an unbiased and disciplined approach to resolving intense conflict.  In addition to serving nearly thirty years as a district county court judge in Nebraska, he has over twenty five years of immersion in mediation and other ADR procedures.  Judge Beckwith is able to provide parties in conflict with the fairness expected of a judge and the responsiveness afforded by a private ADR practice.  Judge Beckwith is an Omaha, NE mediator available to assist attorneys and parties with disputes throughout Nebraska.

Judge Beckwith’s passionate interest in improving the human condition has led his professional development to participation in various political and justice systems around the world.  Serving as a state trial court judge would have provided a rich enough background in conflict resolution.  Beckwith went further, spending decades as a student, practitioner, mentor and teacher of alternative dispute resolution methods.  His passion to explore other justice systems, including Native American and Middle Eastern societies, eventually led him to retire from full time judicial service in order to focus on social healing. Beckwith’s work has taken him to high conflict areas of Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Kosovo, Nepal and Northern Ireland.

With extensive mediation training and experience, Judge Beckwith is an Omaha Nebraska mediator who is equipped to assist parties in resolving disputes of all types, from high intensity community conflicts, multi-party business disputes, human resource challenges, complex civil lawsuits, and various family and juvenile law matters.  He is a pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution in Nebraska, having served as Chairman of the Advisory Council to the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution for 10 years. In 2012, he received the Builder Award from the Nebraska Mediation Association: “forward looking judge .. paving the way for alternative dispute resolution .. in the courts.”  Beckwith is certified in advanced mediation and family mediation from the Nebraska Training Institute for Mediation.   He has presented numerous seminars and workshops on mediation and alternative dispute resolution for lawyers, citizens, and judges throughout Nebraska, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Judge Beckwith enjoys his work as a mediator, negotiator, and educator.  He utilizes his people skills and a willingness to be daring in order to skillfully bring parties to a mutually agreeable settlement.  The unique analytical skills he brought to his work in the judiciary are among the skills he brings to his ADR practice.  In addition to mediating or arbitrating disputes, Beckwith is adept at providing an evaluation of case strengths and weaknesses and resolving conflicts regarding the scope and subject matter of discovery.

EDUCATION

MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Legal Education and Justice Advisor, PAE – Justice Sector Support Program, September 2011 – July 2013, Afghanistan

  • Team Lead-Legal Education and Training (LETA) for the largest rule of law program in the world, developing curriculum and providing education and training for Afghanistan judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officers (they are quasi-probation officers), and Afghan Ministries.
  • Supervise 20+ Afghan and International professionals
  • Prepare performance evaluations, in compliance with National and International standards including the U.S. Department of State/INL guidelines.
  • Responsible for LETA team producing the highest quality work and meeting U.S. Department of State (DoS) deadlines.
  • Responsible for developing, preparing and managing the LETA budget submitted to DoS.
  • Develop juvenile training curriculum, e.g. “Alternatives to Incarceration”
  • Draft numerous written reporting documents weekly.
  • Served in JAS (Judicial Assistance Support), located in Kabul, meeting with the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, including: the Chief Justice, Secretariat, Administration Director General of Judiciary, Director of Study & Research, Director of Judicial Education, Director of Procurement, to assist in Judicial Education to improve the judiciary.
  • Traveled to other providences in Afghanistan assessing and assisting in direct training of judges in regional courts.
  • Responsible for the billeting of 60+ JSSP international staff at three different locations, including coordinating a major relocation of all staff and their personal effects.

Mediator, State Court Administrator’s Office, January 1987 – Present, Nebraska, Bosnia and Ireland

  • Organize, teach, and present numerous seminars and workshops on mediation and alternative dispute resolution for lawyers, citizens, and judges throughout Nebraska.
  • Served 10 years as Chairman of advisory council to Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Advanced Mediation: Certified in advanced mediation and family mediation from Nebraska Training Institute for Mediation (1994 & 1997)
  • Northern Ireland model of transformation mediation from TIDES organization in Belfast, Ireland, (2004). Studied with Colin Craig, Founder of TIDES.
  • Developed Bosnian Proposal: Mediation and Dialogue: An Approach To Social Healing
  • Actively mediating conflict cases

Judge, Nebraska Supreme Court, July 2005 – September 2011, Lincoln, Nebraska Area

  • Handled Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Court Cases through out Nebraska, including the Separate Juvenile Courts in Lincoln and Omaha. Cases include: all types of juvenile court hearings, civil cases, termination of parental rights trials, domestic violence, homicide jury trials and other complex criminal and civil cases as assigned by the Nebraska Supreme Court

Tribal Prosecutor, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, March 2008 – August 2011, Omaha Indian Reservation

  • Served as the Tribal Prosecutor in the Omaha Tribal Court, located on the Omaha Nation Indian Reservation. The Omaha Tribe is a sovereign nation with its own governing council and laws.
  • Reviewed FBI and police reports, filed charges and prosecuted adult and juvenile cases. The high level of violence and domestic abuse requires special attention to program development for domestic violence victims, including community outreach and education.
  • Prosecuted and represented the Tribe in all juvenile hearings, bench and jury trials. I worked closely with the FBI, Federal, Bureau of Indian Affairs and State Prosecutors regarding the most egregious of crimes to encourage additional prosecution and accountability.
  • Coordinated dialogue between the schools, court, law enforcement, service providers and parent/guardian/custodians to improve school attendance and graduation. Worked with agencies building community awareness and involvement.
  • Encourage mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Proposed and assisted in drafting new tribal laws and code amendments.
  • Assisted in developing a juvenile probation office including training probation officers, with the assistance of Bob Denton from Nebraska State Probation.

Adjunct Professor/Instructor, Midland University, University of Sarajevo, Nebraska Bar Association, St. Mary’s College, September 1993 – August 2011, Fremont, NE, Sarajevo, BiH, Lincoln, NE, Minneapolis, MN

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1993 – Present, Midland University, Fremont, Nebraska

  • Developed curriculum for and teach undergraduate courses in juvenile law, criminal law, criminal corrections, criminal procedure, human rights and mediation.
  • Curriculum development and instructor for The Midland MYPATH Adult Degree Program.
  • Some courses taught: Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence, Family in Society, Criminal Procedure, Survey in Criminal Justice

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR 2013 – Present, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha NE

  • Courses include: Courts and Judicial Process, Inro to Criminal Justice, Interviewing and Interrogation, Legal Report Writing

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR Spring 2005, University of Sarajevo Sarajevo, Bosnia

  • Taught course on American courts and judicial system for 25 students, judges and legal professionals. For ABA/CEELI.

LECTURER/ TRAINER 1977–2005, Nebraska Bar Association

  • Organized, taught, and presented numerous seminars and workshops on juvenile justice, judicial reform and conflict resolution: e.g. case load/docket management, citizen “access to justice” for lawyers, citizens, and judges throughout Nebraska.
  • 69TH Conference of Lutheran College Faculties 2005
  • Featured Speaker: Ethics In Our World Today
  • University of South Dakota 2005
  • St. Mary’s College, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007
  • Community Corrections and Addictions Treatment 2007
  • Workshop/session speaker: “Justice and Treatment Working Together.”

Child and Family Services Review Evaluator, Nebraska Health and Human Services, March 2004 – March 2008, Greater Omaha Area

  • Served as a reviewer and team member of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) evaluating the Nebraska Protection and Safety programs and reporting the findings and results to the Federal DHHS.

Election Monitor, OSCE – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, August 1997 – March 2007, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania

  • Bosnia September and November 1997
    • Election monitor in the country’s first elections. Responsibilities included working with National Election Committee to establish democratic processes, problem solving with political parties, communicating with international media, and observing elections.
  • Croatia 1998
    • Supervised voting for out-of-country and displaced persons.
  • Bosnia 2000
    • Supervised 6 polling stations. Managed diverse election teams, ensured fair processes across stations, and intervened in high-intensity, near-riot situation to ensure that elections remained open.
  • Kosovo 2001 & 2002
    • Selected as Head of International Election Monitor Team. Supervised multiple voting stations and approximately 50 junior election monitors.
  • Albania 2007
    • Member of 4 person international team observing in a remote area of extreme conflict.

International Consultant Access to Justice, UNDP-Nepal, February 2006 – March 2006, Katmandu, Nepal

  • Served on an advisory team including Emilia Mugnai, UNDP-Bangkok, Purna Man Shakya, Attorney & Shantam Khadka, UNDP- Nepal. The TOR (Terms of Reference) considered the legal and judicial structures, using the human rights model, while applying the lens of conflict, with a goal of building accountability and social healing through recommendations to expand and improve “access to justice” that includes the neediest within Nepal.
  • Special attention was given to “Criminal and Juvenile Court Cases” involving incarceration.
  • As part of the team and personally, met with District Court Judges, Supreme Court Justices, Registrar Supreme Court, Court Administrators and Court Personnel, Secretary General of Parliament, Legislators, Attorney General, Minister of Finance, Nepal Bar Association, Law School Dean and faculty, advocacy organizations, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Land Reforms, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs, Nepal Judicial Academy, Election Commissioner, Access to Justice Project; assessing problems, needs, and identifying strengths.
  • Our team met with representatives of ARD, Asia Foundation, DANIA, DIFID, EU, Finland’s Ambassador, GTZ, Japan’s Ambassador, OHCHR, UNICEF, USAID discussing cooperation and areas of partnership.
  • In addition to Katmandu, team visited Kapilvastu, Chitwan, Bagar, Kaski and Tanahun District Courts assessing problems, needs and identifying strengths.
  • An oral presentation was given to the UNDP Nepal and the donor community within Nepal.
  • A written report of observations, conclusions and recommendations was provided to UNDP.

Senior Rule of Law Advisor – War Crimes, OSCE/BiH Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, November 2004 – June 2005, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Managed national war crime trial monitoring unit:
  • Analyzed over 30 war crime trials in ethnically charged, post-conflict environment.
  • Identified capacity of local judiciary to handle cases impartially and efficiently.
  • Provided judicial training for approximately 60 international and local legal staff.
  • Supervised 5 lawyers and 24 trial monitors.
  • Created new war crime monitoring unit for high-level trials transferred from The Hague to Bosnian courts.
  • Developed alternative restorative justice approaches for war crimes victims at request of Ambassador, Mediation and Dialogue: An Approach To Social Healing.
  • Drafted numerous written report documents for OSCE legal department.
  • Convened ongoing working group of 20 international and national organizations to coordinate efforts and resources for truth and reconciliation and mediation.
  • Developed and Proposed a system for conflict resolution: Mediation and Dialogue: An approach to Social Healing
  • Advised Supreme Court, Cantonal and District Judges, Ministry of Justice Officials and National attorneys regarding judicial reform and capacity building.
  • Served as media spokesperson for Bosnian War Crimes Report to international and local media.
  • Presented trial progress and analysis to national and international donors and partners.

District County Judge, Nebraska Supreme Court, January 1976 – December 2004, 6th Judicial District

  • Conducted more than 5,000 criminal trials and drafted 10,000 court orders and opinions.
  • Conducted thousands of juvenile court hearings.
  • Conducted more than 5,000 small claims trial, including using mediation
  • Consulted on 20+ pieces of successful state legislation in criminal law and mediation.
  • Managed wide array of cases addressing criminal, civil, divorce, probate, juvenile and administrative issues.
  • Reviewed cases and laws for constitutional and social impact.
  • Authored articles on mediation and juvenile justice in popular press and local law reviews and publications.
  • Advised Nebraska Governors, Nebraska Supreme Court and State Legislature on mediation, legislation, court reform/case management, juvenile, civil, criminal and family law issues.
  • Have excellent knowledge of FMLA and ADA laws and their impact on employees and human resource issues.
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Hon. Daniel J. Beckwith / Omaha Nebraska Mediator

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