Catherine N. Swiniarski | Managing Attorney and Owner

Catherine Swiniarski received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1986. Since that time she has practiced law in a wide variety of settings, from corporate to private practice.

In addition, she has taught legal topics in various academic settings. She has settled into the practice of Elder Law, a new and emerging area that has grown dramatically with the aging of the baby boomers. She welcomes the opportunity to practice law in a more holistic, largely non-adversarial environment.

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1986
  • Iowa, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trained as a Conservator and Guardian by Nebraska State Court Administration
  • Recognized by the Nebraska Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Nebraska State Bar Association for commitment to improving equal access to justice by devoting professional time and resources to voluntary pro bono legal services.

Nick Halbur | Senior Attorney

Nick Halbur completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis in 2006. He began his legal career teaching the Elder Law Practice Group of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services at the University of St. Thomas.

He was responsible for representing clients, supervising student case work, teaching a classroom component of the course, caseload management, and other administrative duties. After three years at another firm in Omaha, Mr. Halbur joined our legal team in 2014.

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 2006
  • Nebraska, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ElderCounsel
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association

Valerie J. Newman | Senior Attorney

Valerie J. Newman earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln – College of Law. Prior to joining Elder Law of Omaha, Ms. Newman served in the United States Air Force where she assisted military veterans and deploying airmen with their estate planning needs. She is currently a member of the Nebraska National Guard and has served in the military for nearly 19 years.

At Elder Law of Omaha, Ms. Newman guides her clients through the process of getting their affairs in order, creates Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts, and other services to meet her clients’ needs.

Bar Admissions

  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, 2009
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2009
  • Nebraska, 2008
  • Iowa, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ElderCounsel
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Nebraska Air National Guard