Darren R. Carlson

Darren R. Carlson

Dedicated & Successful Attorney Serving Omaha for Over 25 Years

Darren Carlson is an accomplished and dedicated attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, and a partner with the firm Carlson & Burnett. In 1985, Darren graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. He went on to attend Creighton University School of Law, obtaining his law degree and graduating magna cum laude in 1988. During his time in law school, Darren was a member of the Creighton Law Review editorial staff from 1986 to 1988, where he wrote “Bankruptcy: Restrictions of Abandonment of Burdensome Property.”

Over the course of his over 28-year legal career, Darren has maintained a reputation for true professional excellence in the areas of estate planning, agricultural law, corporate law, and business transactions. He has frequently lectured on a broad range of subject matters pertaining to his legal practice. His work includes assisting clients in the establishment of estate plans, nonprofit foundations and corporations.

Darren is recognizable from a series of cancer surgeries have left him with the notable appearance as he dons his infamous black eye patch. He also combined his humor and experience to introduce readers to estate planning with nostalgia from the 1960’s TV sitcoms to make estate planning fun and informative in 2014 when he authored Your 1960’s TV Guide to Estate Planning.

He has served on the boards for a number of local charities. Darren’s extensive volunteer work includes serving as secretary/treasurer of the Miracle Hills Optimist Club, of which he is a longstanding member since 1990. Darren has been a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for over 24 years, and has served on its board of trustees. He also served the Millard Schools Education Foundation, Inc. from 2004 to 2010, including two terms as its president. He has served the Omaha Home for Boys since 2002 including roles as trustee, director, Board Secretary and Board Chairman. During his free time, Darren loves traveling, jogging and spending time with his wife, Tammy and their two adult children—Alex and Hannah.

Practice Areas

  • Estate planning
  • Agricultural law
  • Business law
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Real estate

Publications

  • Your 1960’s Guide to Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Solutions for Farmers
  • The History of the Estate Taxes
  • Living Trusts – The Preferred Estate Plan
  • The Big 4: Four Common Estate Planning Mistakes
  • Wills v. Trusts: What’s Right for You?
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Use of the Charitable Reminder Trust in Estate Plans
  • Bankruptcy: Restrictions on Abandonment of Burdensome Property, Creighton Law Review, Volume 20, 1987

Representative Clients

  • Sanitary & Improvement District #177

Additional Businesses

  • Federal estate tax preparation
  • Federal gift tax preparation
  • Nebraska Inheritance tax preparation
  • Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa
    • B.S., Agricultural Business – 1985

  • Creighton University School of Law – Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D., Magna Cum Laude – 1988

      American Jurisprudence Award for Real Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1988
  • Iowa, 1990
  • United States District Court, District of Nebraska, 1988

Classes & Seminars

  • Estate Planning Solutions for Farmers
    Lecturer
  • The History of the Estate Taxes
    Lecturer
  • Living Trusts – The Preferred Estate Plan
    Lecturer
  • The Big 4: Four Common Estate Planning Mistakes
    Lecturer
  • Wills v. Trusts – What’s Right for You
    Lecturer
  • Estate Planning Basics
    Lecturer
  • Use of the Charitable Reminder Trust in Estate Plans
    Lecturer
  • Estate & Business Planning for Farmers
    Nebraska Business Institute (NBI), 2012
  • Drafting Business Contracts
    Nebraska Business Institute (NBI), 2013

Volunteer Work

  • Omaha Home for Boys (2006-2016)
    • Board Chairman

  • Tangier Shrine
    • Investment Committee

  • Millard Public Schools Foundation
    • Past President – Two terms

  • Tangier Shrine Clowns
    • Past President and Honorary Member

  • St. Luke United Methodist Church
    • Past Trustee, Teen Center Board Member and Current Church Member

  • Miracle Hills Optimist Club
    • Past President and Current Member

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