Richard D. Sievers
After serving as a Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals from January of 1992, including as the Court’s first Chief Judge, Richard became Of Counsel to the firm following his retirement from the court in May of 2013.
Richard’s focus at the firm will be on mediation, arbitration, as well as writing and consultation on appeals. He 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.
Richard’s 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. His practice included personal injury, products liability, and worker’s compensation cases as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Richard 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. Richard currently is a Martindale AV-Preeminent rated lawyer.
Richard 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, Richard 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.
Richard is a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, and has particular skill in mediating or arbitrating complex matters involving virtually any subject matter.
Nebraska Supreme Court, 1972
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1972
United States Supreme Court, 1989
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 served two terms on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.