Richard D. Sievers, Mediator
Selecting Richard Sievers as your mediator means that you will be using a lawyer with an unparalleled skill set developed from his 19-year career as a civil trial lawyer followed by 21 years as a judge on the Nebraska Court of Appeals. His work as a Lincoln trial lawyer involved handling accident injury cases, products liability, medical negligence, and worker’s compensation cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as numerous divorce cases. He tried jury cases in both state and federal courts, as well as tried hundreds of bench trials. This experience in private practice provided a solid foundation in litigation that informed and enhanced his ability as an appellate judge. Richard’s 21-year career on the Nebraska Court of Appeals, including a four-year term as the court’s first Chief Judge, involved the review, study of, and writing about thousands of decisions from Nebraska’s trial courts and administrative agencies.
As a judge on a high-volume appellate court, Richard was exposed to virtually every imaginable type of civil litigation. From horrific accident injuries, to trust and estate disputes, to complex commercial and business disputes, to divorce and custody issues, Richard has participated as the author judge or as a panel member in deciding over 10,000 such appeals. He authored over 1,600 opinions, including nearly 400 permanently published precedential opinions.
A substantial number of Richard’s opinions were in complex marital dissolution actions involving issues of spousal support/alimony, division of property, and all issues involving the children. He is now a trained Parenting Act mediator, approved by the Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution.
Richard’s work as an appellate judge gives him a unique ability to assess and evaluate the merits of the parties’ claims and defenses in the event that a case were to proceed to a trial where the final outcome would be decided by a judge or jury. He brings a disciplined and analytical mind to the mediation process, a calm and warm demeanor, and true impartiality and neutrality gained from over 21 years on the bench. His background uniquely prepares him to do facilitative or evaluative mediation, or a combination of such methods.