My Grandfather, Robert E. Wear, was the kindest man I’ve ever known. I learned from him that relationships matter. I learned from him that people matter. I learned from him that how you treat other people is what is important. He struck up genuine conversations with people from all walks of life, but he did not do most of the talking, he listened to what they had to say with genuine care and concern. This was true even for our own relationship. My grandfather did not tell me what to do nor did he tell me how to live my life. He showed me. He listened to me. I witnessed his kindness and compassion many times while our lives overlapped. Although my grandfather passed away when I was a college student, I’ve never forgotten his example. I wish the whole world could live according to the principles espoused by my late grandfather. The well-being of a complete stranger matters just as much as the well-being of friends and family. Human life matters. This should be the core focus of any lawyer who represents injured people.
My father and law partner, Richard J. Rensch, has shown me that lawyers who represent injured people can make a positive difference for their clients and the public at large. In my own practice, I’ve found this to be so true. Growing up with a personal injury lawyer father, I was intrigued by the stories, the tough cases and the jury trials, but most of all, what I remembered, was the dedication, time, and hard work. I realize now, I really did not know how much work was required to fight for injured people—at least not until I became a trial lawyer myself. In 2007, my Dad asked me to join him in seeking justice for injured humans. I jumped at the opportunity and have never looked back. I think of this job as a calling. With this calling comes great responsibility. I have an obligation to fight for the underdog. Anyone who has been injured by the careless actions of another person or corporation, is an underdog. The full weight of the insurance industry is on the other side. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to fight for the underdog. To fight for justice for my fellow human beings. I hate to see injured people bullied by large corporations. I believe what we do for our clients is important work and I do not take my responsibility lightly. I’d like to think my grandfather is proud of me, but my work is not finished. I will continue to learn. I will continue to fight.
I’ve been an attorney working in Nebraska since graduating from Creighton University School of Law in 2004. I practice exclusively as a litigator, specializing in representing injured Nebraskans and Iowans in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation and professional malpractice. My entire focus is on helping Plaintiffs against the insurance industry. Before law school, I graduated from Creighton University with an undergraduate degree in Biology (in 1999). I’ve been exclusively practicing as a litigator since law school. I started my legal career working at the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office, serving under the tutelage of one of the greatest trial lawyers in the Midwest (maybe one of the best in the Country), Tom Riley. It was working for Tom that allowed me to become comfortable in a courtroom. Representing people facing incarceration is a humbling experience. It was in that capacity that I first learned what it means to be a defender of the downtrodden, a defender of the underdog. Transitioning from the public defender’s office, representing impoverished criminal defendants, to now representing injury victims, was not as big of a transition as one might think. In both instances, the fight is against large and powerful organizations. I am glad to be where I am today but I don’t think I’d have the same appreciation, if it were not for my time working for Tom Riley, defending the underdogs of this community. I will always be grateful for my time there, for the opportunities I’ve been given and experiences I’ve had.
When I am not working on my client’s cases, I spend the time with my wife, Susie, and my three little girls, Haley, Olivia and Charlotte.
- U.S. Federal Courts
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Nebraska Bar Association, Member
- Omaha Bar Association, Member
- Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), Member
- American Association of Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA), Member
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100