Omaha Lawyer | Steven J. Riekes

Omaha lawyer Steven Riekes

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Introduction to Omaha Lawyer, Steven Riekes

Steven Riekes is an Omaha Lawyer with more than 50 years of experience. Though native to Omaha, Steven Riekes is a Harvard Law Graduate (class of 1965). In 1994, he was instrumental in the merging of the law firms Beber & Richards and Marks & Clare.

For the gold standard of attorney presence, many turn to Steven Riekes. With more than 50 years of experience, this Omaha lawyer has a long list of accomplishments and legal victories on his resume. In 1975 he was admitted to the US Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was admitted to the US Court of Appeals 8th Circuit in 1968. The same year he begun his career, he was admitted to the US District Court of the District of Nebraska in 1965.

As no attorney should, Steven Riekes does not take the practice of law lightly. To him “it is more than just an occupation. It is a profession that serves a noble calling in pursuing justice in our society.” In addition to the drive of serving his fellow citizens, Steven enjoys the intellectual challenge of being an attorney.

Mr. Riekes’ skills in legal research, writing, and legal analysis are a half-century tool in the making. In addition to an accomplished attorney, he forever aims to be an individual of high integrity, character, honesty, empathy, and compassion.

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Mr. Riekes is well known for his appellate and motion practice. This Omaha lawyer has appeared many times before the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Nebraska Court of Appeals, Federal Courts and others in a wide variety of legal matters. Recent cases have involved the probate of estates, will contests, workers’ compensation, divorce, breach of contract, guaranty of business loans, fees in mortgage foreclosures and public policy. He specializes in legal research and analysis, often of difficult or unusual situations. Recent matters have included issues involving the taxation of estates. The status and formation of nonprofit organizations, and the breach of employment contracts.

While working on his undergraduate at Brandeis University (where he graduated cum laude), he applied to law school with the thought of becoming a professor of political science. Little may know, he also considered becoming a Rabbi. Many other Omaha lawyers who have worked with him and learned from him, as well as the Omaha legal community at large, are very glad he did not.

Omaha Lawyer Steven Riekes’ Influences

Steven draws his inner strength from family, with his parents and grandparents forever his biggest role models. “They were my role models because they lived by the high values they espoused.” His two uncles, Sam Beber and Philip Klutznick are also in his thoughts, both of which had distinguishing careers originating in the legal profession. In addition to his family, he holds a high regard for his former legal partner, Yale Richards. “He had a well-deserved reputation for legal excellence and observed the highest level of ethical standards.”

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With so many professional accomplishments, recognition, legal publications, and community service engagements, it is hard to believe Steven has time for much else. Yet somehow this industrious Omaha lawyer and life-long student of the world finds the time to read, to “study many different subjects.” Believing in regular activity for a long life, Steven has run nine marathons and still believes in daily exercise. For more down time, you can find him across the chess table with classical music in the background.

Areas of Practice

Appellate practice
Public housing law
Litigation Support
Corporate and Business Law
Legal Research – difficult problems


Harvard University Law School, L.L.B., 1965
Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude, 1962

Admitted to Practice

Nebraska, 1965
U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1965
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court, 1975

Professional Memberships

Nebraska Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
American Bar Association
Housing and Development Law Institute, current Director and past President

Awards and Certifications

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
Completed the 30 hour mediation training program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution and the 30 hour Family Mediation training Program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution for Parenting Act mediation
Louisiana Housing Council and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials in appreciation for drafting the Louisiana Model Housing Act, September, 1997
Nebraska Chapter of NAHRO in appreciation for the drafting of the Nebraska Housing Agency Act, 1999

Representative Cases

Published Works

Mr. Riekes is the author of numerous publications, covering a variety of legal subjects. They have included articles on covenants not to compete in employment and in other contracts; civil procedure; financial management of charitable endowment funds; and matters dealing with public housing authorities.

“Is the Law Causing Charities to Drown Because Their Endowment Funds Are Now ‘Under Water’?” 43 Creighton Law Review 529, February, 2010
“Charitable Contributions to Public Housing Authorities,” The Counsellor, March 31, 2006
“More on Rooftop Leasing,” The Counsellor, December 1, 2004
“Territorial Restrictions in Covenants-Not-To-Compete in Nebraska, Part II,” 35 Creighton Law Review 23, December, 2001
A principal drafter of the Nebraska Housing Agency Act, LB 105, 1999
“Dead or Alive? Territorial Restrictions in Covenants-Not-To-Compete in Nebraska,” 33 Creighton Law Review 175, December, 1999
“Nebraska Joinder Statutes Need to be Modernized,” 31 Creighton Law Review 667, December, 1997
“Legal implications and Initiatives for Resident Self Sufficiency,” HDLI, October, 1997
A principal drafter of the Model Housing Agency Act commissioned by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, October, 1997
“The Verdict: Why LHAs Can Be Liable for Criminals’ Acts,” Journal of Housing, November/December, 1994
“Due Process of Law—HUD versus the PHA,” HDLI, Baltimore, Maryland, October, 1994
“Evicting Public Housing Tenants Involved in Drugs and Crime”—”the Federal Role,” HDLI, March, 1990
“Affirmative Action Alternatives in Public Construction Contracts for Housing Authorities,” HDLI, July, 1989
“Housing Authorities as Creatures of State Law—a Comparative Study,” Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI), New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 1987
Extensive testimony before the Committee on Small Business, United States Senate, on 2084, a bill to amend the Small Business Act to make loans to small business concerns, May, 1984


Married, 1965, to Margo Muskat Riekes, who is currently the Communications Director, Better Business Bureau, Inc.
Daughter, Suzanne Riekes Daw; son, Ari D. Riekes; son-in-law, Tracy Daw; and three grandchildren

Recreational Activities

Reading, writing, chess, exercise, traveling, listening to classical music

Charitable, Civic and Religious Activities

Attorney Steven Riekes is also well known for his work in the field of public housing. Steven is a current board member and past president of the Housing and Development Law Institute of Washington, DC. Mr. Riekes is the principal drafter of Nebraska’s Housing Agency Act and is frequently consulted by public housing authorities on a variety of matters.

Harvard University Law School, L.L.B., 1965
Beth El Synagogue
Suburban Rotary
Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai B’rith, Trustee
Jewish Federation of Omaha
Jewish Community Center
Nebraska Jewish Historical Society