Rich Hitz

Rich Hitz

United States Military Veteran Serving Omaha Injury Victims

A Lincoln, Nebraska native, Rich Hitz served as a United States Navy Corpsman and Medic in the United States Navy, which he joined in 1985 in order to pursue a career in medicine. During his time in the Navy, Rich received the Combat Action Ribbon for exceptional service in a U.S. Marine Corps L.A.I. reconnaissance platoon in Operation Desert Storm.

Before beginning law school, Rich served as a certified nursing assistant in assisted living facilities and also worked as a corrections officer in order to pay his college tuition. At the University of Nebraska School of Law, he obtained the CALI Award for Excellence in American Legal History and served as chairman of the Client Counseling Board. He also obtained certification in the Litigation Skills Track. In 1999, he graduated from the University of Nebraska’s College of Law with his J.D.

His experience as a military veteran and a medic who cared for injured Marines on the battlefield during the Kuwait City liberation efforts has served a valuable role in his present career. His work in nursing homes in Nebraska before attending law school gave him a view of the vulnerable state of elderly Americans. Rich has a profound understanding of and sympathy for injury victims and their loved ones. He understands their struggle and works hard to fight for their rights.

Rich has served as a stalwart, dedicated, and fierce advocate for injury victims and bereaved families in Omaha, Nebraska for over 17 years. His medical background gives him credibility and unique perspective. His experience includes cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, workers’ compensation, and catastrophic injury cases. He devotes 100% of his practice to litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
  • Wrongful Death
  • Worker’s Compensation

Certified Specialties

  • Certified nursing assistant

Publications

  • Nursing Home Negligence “How to Protect Your Clients and their Family Members”, The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine, December, 2004
  • National Business Institute – “Building Your Civil Trial Skills - How to Handle Post-Trial Issues” - July 29, 2010, Omaha, Nebraska
  • NATA Civil Litigation Practice Manual – “Proof of Facts and Evidentiary Issues” – Chapter Author and Presenter , University of Nebraska College of Law , October 4, 2012
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • B.S. in Criminal Justice – 1996
  • University of Nebraska College of Law – Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D. – 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska – 1999
  • United States Court, District of Nebraska – 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals 8th Circuit – 2001
  • United States Court of Veterans Appeals – 2001

Associations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Sarpy County Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
  • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Section
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Millard Post #8334, Lifetime Member

Classes & Seminars

  • Wrongful Death Settlements: A Nuts and Bolts Approach to Appointing a Special Administrator and obtaining Court Approval
    April 23, 2004
    Nebraska Association of Trial Attorney Seminar – Omaha, Nebraska
  • 12 Tips For Nursing Home Cases In 12 Minutes
    October 22, 2004
    Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys Seminar – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Nebraska Alzheimer’s Care Act & Negligence Claims
    October 5, 2007
    Nebraska Association of Trial Attorney Seminar – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Medicine For Lawyers
    Program Chair and Presenter: “Nursing Home Neglect – Case Selection: What Should I Look For?”
    May 2, 2014
    Omaha, Nebraska

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