Kathleen Pallesen has been practicing law for over 25 years, focusing mainly on probate, guardianship, civil litigation and elder law. The daughter of a former judge, Kathleen has been immersed in law throughout her entire life. She is a former prosecutor and a passionate attorney who enjoys helping people in times of legal crisis by thinking outside the box, and crafting solutions tailored for her individual clients.

Kathleen earned her B.A. from St. Edward’s University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She has also done extensive continuing legal education in elder law, juvenile law and guardianships, and estate administration.

Kathleen began her law career working with Congressman Peter Hoagland, then became a prosecutor for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. In the juvenile division of the county attorney’s office, Kathleen created the “Termination Unit,” where she exclusively filed and adjudicated all the termination of parental rights cases due to the backlog of children languishing in the Omaha foster care.

She is a devoted community volunteer, former member of the Aksarben Foundation, and a Marian alum. Kathleen enjoys all sporting events and makes Husker football a priority every fall!


Kathleen Pallesen
Bar Admissions
  • Nebraska
  • US District Court for the District of Nebraska
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D.
  • Edward’s University, B.A. (magna cum laude)
  • Estate Administration Boot Camp
  • Plausibility, Proportionality and Professional: Practice Requirements Under the Current Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Probate: Everything You Need to Know
  • Estate Administration From Start to Finish
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practice
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations for the Juvenile Guardian ad Litem
  • Elderlaw – Planning Ahead
  • Affordable Care Act: Updates and Guidance on Health Care Reform
  • Elder Rights and Senior Fraud Prevention Training, NSBA & NDHHS
  • A Primer in Juvenile Court from GAL Perspective
Published Works
  • Nebraska Medical Journal: The Health Care Quality Improvement Act: The National Practitioner Data Bank, September, 1996.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • MarianFest, Chair 2019
  • Various committees at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish 1995-Present
  • Magdalene Force, Member (to combat sex trafficking) 2017
  • Creighton Prep BASH, Executive Committee 2016-2017
  • Kicks for a Cure, Advisor 2015-2016
  • MarianFest Oral Auction Committee 2013-2014
  • Kicks for A Cure, Chair 2014- 2015
  • Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee 2012-2014
  • Kicks for a Cure Cancer Fundraiser Committee Member 2011-2017
  • St. Robert Bellarmine Home & School Board, Secretary 2009-2011
  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Guild 2008-2011
  • Toro Soccer Club for Girls Coach 2008-2011
  • Opera Omaha Cotillion Committee 2008, 2012-2013
  • Mid-America Council, Boy Scout of America Juvenile Diversion Board 2004-2006
  • Dundee Dance Club, Member
  • St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Member
  • Happy Hollow Club, Member
  • Aksarben foundation
  • MarienFest
  • Marian Alum
Honors and Awards
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
Kathleen Pallesen
Berry Law Firm
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Nebraska
Omaha Office
222 15th St #405N,
Omaha, NE 68102
Lincoln Office
6940 O St Suite 400,
Lincoln, NE 68510
Seward Office
139 S 6th Street
Seward, NE 68434
402-466-8444 N/A
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