Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen

Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen was established by A. J. Luebs in 1929 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

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Firm Overview

Our attorneys and experienced staff of paralegals, assistants, and an investigator work together to provide professional, aggressive representation throughout Nebraska.

We represent businesses of all sizes, as well as institutional, governmental, and individual clients. Our practice areas encompass a full range of legal services. For more information, visit our Services page.
Our wealth of expertise is further enhanced by our extensive library for legal research, including research databases. These resources allow our attorneys to provide our clients with effective, comprehensive representation.

Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen is dedicated to the interests of our clients, and we have been awarded the highest rating by the prominent directory of American lawyers, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Main Office

Main Office
104 North Wheeler Street, P.O. BOX 790
Grand Island  NE  68802

Phone
  • 308-382-1930
Fax
  • 308-382-5521
Litigation
Trial and Litigation
Our experienced trial attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of disputes. We will try to settle your claim, but are well prepared should you need to present your case to a court or jury.

-Appellate practice
-Contract disputes
-Insurance defense
-Personal injury
-Products liability
-Professional liability
-Employment relations

Practicing Attorneys include: Leininger, Johnson, Placzek, Hansen, Hruza
Probate
Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate
Our attorneys focus on your unique situation when planning your estate. We also provide a full range of probate services.

-Charitable planning
-Probate
-Tax advice
-Trust and estate administration

Practicing Attorneys include: Smith, Johnson, Allen, Connick

D. Steven Leininger

Partner

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Products Liability; Insurance Defense; Catastrophic Injury; Workers' Compensation.

College: University of Nebraska, B.A., 1966.

Law School: University of Nebraska, J.D., 1969.

Admitted: 1969, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State, and American Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute; American Board of Trial Advocates; Defense Counsel Association of Nebraska; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

Biography: Order of the Coif; Board of Editors, Nebraska Law Review, 1967-1969; Law Clerk to Donald P. Lay, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1969-1970.
Education
  • University of Nebraska
    Juris Doctorate , 1969

Bruce I. Smith

Partner

Practice Areas: Trust and Estates; Probate; Corporate Law; Contracts; Business Law; Real Estate.

College: Nebraska Wesleyan University, B.A., 1963.

Law School: George Washington University, J.D., 1966.

Admitted: 1967, District of Columbia and Nebraska; 1983, U.S. Tax Court.

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State, and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate , 1966

Michael L. Johnson

Partner

Practice Areas: Probate Litigation; Business Litigation; Estate Planning; Corporate Law.

College: University of Nebraska, B.S., 1975.

Law School: Creighton University, J.D., Cum Laude, 1976; University of Illinois, LL.M., 1984.

Admitted: 1976, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District Court of Nebraska; 1977, U.S. Tax Court; 1988, U.S. Supreme Court.

Member: Hall County, 7th Judicial District, Nebraska State, and American Bar Associations.

Biography: Beta Gamma Sigma; Alpha Sigma Nu; Editor-in-Chief, Creighton Law Review, 1975-1976. Author: "The Crummey Trust After the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981," 37 CLU Journal 50, 1983; "All in the Family: Should the Attribution Concept Apply to Disallow a Minority Discount For Lack of Control," 16 Creighton Law Review 669, 1983; "Survivorship Interests: The Costs of Probate Avoidance," 20 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 985, 1985; "Surcharge Litigation in Nebraska," 22 Creighton Law Review 351, 1989.
Education
  • Creighton University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1976
  • University of Illinois
    LL.M. , 1984

Arend R. Baack

Partner

Mr. Baack has substantial legal expertise related to representation of financial institutions, bankruptcy creditors, business entities, including extensive experience enabling him to address a wide range of operational and transactional requirements for business entities and individuals. As a partner with the law firm since 1983 he has been actively involved in the local business community, is currently a member of Third City Sertoma and has served as a board member and officer with many local charitable organizations, including Goodwill, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way and Third City Community Clinic. Educational honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and selection as a member of the Moot Court Board.

Practice Areas: Administrative Law; Banking Law; Business Law; Contracts; Corporate Law; Creditor Bankruptcy Law; Labor and Employment Law; Municipal Law, Real Estate Law.

College: Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska and University of Nebraska, B.A., 1977.

Law School: University of Nebraska, J.D., 1980.

Admitted: 1980, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State (Past Member, Board of Directors, Bankruptcy Section), and American Bar Associations; NSBA Bank Attorneys Section; NSBA Real Estate Section.
Education
  • University of Nebraska
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Daniel M. Placzek

Partner

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Liability; General Liability Defense; Insurance Defense.

College: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S., with high distinction, 1978

Law School: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, J.D., with distinction, 1981.

Admitted: 1981, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 2007, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit..

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State, and American Bar Associations; American Board of Trial Advocates; Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys; Fellow, International Society of Barristers; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

Biography: Beta Gamma Sigma; Order of Barristers; Associate Editor, Nebraska Law Review, 1980-1981; Member, Allen Moot Court, 1980-1981.
Education
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    Juris Doctorate, with distinction , 1981

Cathleen H. Allen

Partner

Practice Areas: Family Law; Probate Adminstration; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Real Estate; Business; Corporate; Estate Planning; Wills and Trusts.

College: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S., with distinction, 1986.

Law School: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, J.D., with high distinction, 1989.

Admitted: 1989, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State, and American Bar Associations.

Biography: Phi Alpha Delta (Secretary, 1987-1988); Order of the Coif; Member, University of Nebraska Law Review, 1987-1989; Treasurer, Women's Law Caucus, 1987-1988.
Education
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

Brandon S. Connick

Partner

Mr. Connick joined the Firm in August, 2003 and became a Junior Partner in January 2008. Mr. Connick graduated in August 2000 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the Creighton University School of Law in May 2003.

Mr. Connick is admitted to practice in Nebraska and the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. Mr. Connick is a member of several professional organizations including the Hall County Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Connick's current community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Central Nebraska Humane Society and the Central Catholic Development Foundation. In addition, Mr. Connick is a member of the Grand Island Young Professionals, a past President of the Grand Island Sunrise Rotary, a past board member of the Grand island Area Habitat for Humanity, a graduate of Hall County Leadership Tomorrow - Class 20, a past judge for the Region V Nebraska High School Trial Project and was selected for the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Inaugural "Top 35 Under 35" Group of Professionals.

Practice Areas: Real Estate Law; Contracts; Corporate Law; Labor and Employment Law; Trusts and Estates; Probate; Estate Planning.

College: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.A., 2000.

Law School: Creighton University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2003.

Admitted: 2003, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District Court of Nebraska.

Member: Hall County, Nebraska State and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • Creighton University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude , 2003

Tanya J. Hansen

Junior Partner

Tanya Hansen is a member of the litigation practice of the Leininger Smith Law Firm. Ms. Hansen originally joined the firm in 2006. Ms. Hansen became a junior partner in 2011.

Ms. Hansen was the Grand Island Young Professionals' Outstanding Young Professional of 2007. She was the 2009 recipient of the Grand Island YWCA's Young Woman of Achievement. In 2010, she was appointed by Governor Dave Heineman to the ServeNebraska Commission. In 2012, she was appointed by the Nebraska Supreme Court to the Nebraska State Bar Commission. Ms. Hansen is the Secretary of the Nebraska State Bar Association Labor Relations & Employment Section. She currently sits on the United Way Board, is a trustee for the Saint Francis Hospital Foundation, and is on the advisory committee for the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. In the past, she had been involved with the Association for Child Abuse Prevention, Grand Island YWCA, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and Connecting Young Nebraskans.

Ms. Hansen has appeared before the Iowa Court of Appeals in Kiray v. Hy-Vee, 716 N.W.2d 193 (2006) (on brief only). She has appeared before the Nebraska Court of Appeals in Great West Cas. Co. v. Michigan Millers Mut. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 3959064, (2010), Stobbe v. Cortinas, 2009 WL 1706808 (2009) and Hongsermeier v. Devall, 744 N.W.2d 481 (2008). She also appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Shuck v. CNH America, LLC, 498 F3d 868, (2007).

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; General Trial Practice; Employment Law; Appellate Practice

Bar Qualifications: Nebraska; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
Education:

JD, University of Iowa Law School, 2005 With Distinction
MA Political Science, University of Iowa, 2003
BA, Wichita State University, 2001, Magna Cum Luade, Political Science and International Business, Minors in Economics and Management,
Education
  • University of Iowa Law School
    Juris Doctorate, with distinction , 2005

Timothy G. Hruza

Associate

Mr. Hruza joined the Firm in August 2012. Mr. Hruza graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating cum laude, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2009. He received his Juris Doctorate, graduating with distinction, from the University of Nebraska Lincoln School of Law in 2012. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Hruza received a certificate of concentrated study in Agricultural Law, focusing on water law issues and farm program compliance. Mr. Hruza was also a Member of the Nebraska Moot Court Board. Mr. Hruza is admitted to practice in Nebraska and the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. He is a member of the Hall County Bar Association and the Nebraska Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Litigation

College: University of Nebraska at Kearney, BS, Cum Laude, 2009

Law School: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, J.D., with distinction, 2012

Admitted: 2012, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District Court of Nebraska

Member: Hall County and Nebraska State Bar Associations
Education
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Juris Doctorate, with distinction , 2012

Andrew D. Hanquist

Associate

Mr. Hanquist joined the Firm in August 2013. Mr. Hanquist graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December 2007, summa cum laude, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in May 2013. Along with his degree, Mr. Hanquist received certificates of concentrated study in the areas of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Hanquist is admitted to practice in Nebraska and in the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.

College: University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2007.

Law School: University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 2013.

Admitted: Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.
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