Catherine Dunn

Catherine loves the law “because it touches every aspect of life and society.” She finds the study and application of legal theory to real world scenarios to be an intellectual process that is never boring. She pairs this love of the law with the joy she experiences in meeting new people, in helping others and in striving for timely resolutions of legal disputes and personal conflicts.

While raising her six children, Catherine has become a master negotiator and manager of time. “I have six kids – never a dull moment in my house.”

In addition to being an exceptional attorney and busy mother, Catherine is an avid fiction reader, a film and live music performance enthusiast, and a routine runner.

Catherine A. Dunn is an Omaha native and an experienced attorney practicing in the areas of probate administration, estate planning and family law.

Catherine has practical experience in drafting wills, powers of attorney for health care and for financial matters, testamentary trusts, revocable living trusts, charitable trusts, and special needs trusts. She works to educate her estate planning clients and assists them in creating estate plans designed to carry out their wishes, while also protecting wealth and minimizing adverse tax consequences. Catherine also has experience establishing guardianships and conservatorships for disabled adults or minor children.

As a litigator in probate, Catherine has represented clients in defending against will challenges and in cases involving will construction and trust reformation issues. She has petitioned for special administrators and she has assisted spouses in securing their forced shares.

In addition to her probate and estate planning practice, Catherine is also an experienced family law attorney. Her experience includes the dissolution of marriages, paternity actions, divorce decree modifications, contempt of court cases, grandparent visitation proceedings and adoptions.

  • U.S. District Court for District of Nebraska -2014
  • Nebraska State Supreme Court – 1994

Catherine received her Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America located in Washington D.C. As a law student, Catherine worked as an Associate Editor for CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Telecommunications Policy and Law and as Editor-in-Chief of the Judicial Notice, Columbus School of Law’s school newspaper.

Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts, graduating Cum Laude in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Catherine graduated with honors from Marian High School.

  • Nebraska State Bar Association – Member, 1994 to Present
  • Omaha Bar Association – Member, 2011 to Present
  • The Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court – Member, 2017 to Present
  • American Association for Paralegal Education – Member, 1999 to 2010
  • Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants (NeALA) – Honorary Member, 1999 to 2010

Working as a full-time faculty member in Paralegal Studies at the College of Saint Mary from 1999 to 2010, Catherine received the following awards:

  • Outstanding Faculty Member for 2008-2009, College of Saint Mary Student Senate, Omaha, NE – May 2009.
  • Recognized by Paralegal Student for College of Saint Mary Service to the Mission – January 2009.
  • Participant in Faculty Fellow Service Learning Program – 2006-2007.
  • Awarded a CSM Service-Learning Faculty Mini Grant for the development of a service-learning course on liberty and justice, awarded March 27, 2006.
  • Summer Faculty Development Grant – Received funds to support work in outlining and drafting chapters for a textbook addressing legal issues that specifically pertain to women. The working title of the textbook is Hear Me Roar: The Legal Protection and Empowerment of Women in the United States – Summer 2002.
  • Core Curriculum Course Development Grant for an ELA course entitled “Pulp Law: A Critique of Legal and Ethical Issues in Film and Literature” – Summer 2001 – Fall 2002.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award – Recognized for work writing and editing the NCA Self Study Report – Spring 2001.
  • Core Curriculum Course Development Grant for a course entitled “Professional Presentations.” – Summer – Fall 2000.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award – Recognized for work in preparing the American Bar Association Accreditation Report and work on the Core Curriculum Committee – Spring 2000.
  • Gross Welch Marks Clare, PC, LLO
    1500 Omaha Tower
    2120 South 72nd Street
    Omaha, NE 68124
  • (402) 392-1500
  • cdunn@gwmclaw.com

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