About Whitmore Law Office
Tom Whitmore, principal of the firm, was educated at Creighton University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as his degree in law. He has over 45 years experience as a business and commercial attorney, having begun his career in 1969 as an associate at a prominent Omaha business law firm. Whitmore Law Office was founded ten years later, after Mr. Whitmore gained significant experience working with large business clients in both corporate and private practice settings. As a result, the firm is well equipped to handle corporate matters of all kinds, from organization of entities and acquisition of businesses to sale of assets and dissolution.
Our Law Firm offers a complete estate planning service, featuring living trusts and probate avoidance where appropriate. We have experience with estates of all sizes, and we are knowledgeable in preparation of simple and complex wills and trusts and more advanced estate planning techniques. Our estate planning service provides analysis and development of a specific plan that is tailored to the client’s individual needs, rather than prescribing the same plan for everyone.
In some cases, proper disposition of property upon death is the paramount concern, while in others the foremost objective might be reduction of taxes; assuring sufficient estate liquidity; guardianship/custody of minor children; or planning for the care of beneficiaries with special needs. There may be business interests that require careful succession planning.
In addition, we are staffed to efficiently and promptly handle probate and estate matters, as well as guardianship or conservatorship, if needed for a family member who may be unable, because of minority, developmental disability, advanced years or ill health, to manage his or her own affairs.
About Tom Whitmore
Thomas E. (Tom) Whitmore was educated at Creighton University in Omaha. He began his career in 1969 as an associate at a prominent Omaha business law firm. In 1970, he accepted an opportunity to enter corporate practice, first with Fairmont Foods Company, then a New York Stock Exchange listed Company and later with the Foods Division of The Coca Cola Company. He resumed private law practice when he joined McGrath, North, O’Malley & Kratz, the law firm that represented ConAgra, Inc. and Valmont Industries, Inc. as well as a number of prominent Omaha business interests. In 1979, he left that firm to establish his own practice.
Tom has evolved a law practice and concentrates his efforts in three areas: Corporate/commercial law, estate planning and probate, and real estate transactions and financing. Tom is a member Unity Church of Omaha (Board of Trustees 1999-2003) and was the original webmaster of the church’s website (http://unityomaha.org). He is a student of A Course in Miracles and has been active in copyright issues involving the Course.
Professional Associations and Achievements
Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent®
Tom maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, having first achieving this rating in 1978. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers – members of the bar and the judiciary.
Admitted to Practice:
. Supreme Court of Nebraska
. United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
. United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Nebraska State Bar Association, Section of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law
(Secretary and Member of Executive Committee, 1983-1985)
Whitmore Law Office LLC, Omaha, Nebraska
. Principal of the firm and predecessors, October 1989 to present
Harris, Feldman Law Offices, Omaha, Nebraska
. Member of the firm, July 1984 to October 1989
Thomas E. Whitmore, P.C., Omaha, Nebraska
. Principal of the firm and predecessors, 1979 to 1984
McGrath, North, O’Malley & Kratz, P.C., Omaha, Nebraska
. Associate, 1978
. Partner, 1979
The Coca-Cola Company-Foods Division, Houston, Texas
. Attorney, 1977 to 1978
Fairmont Foods Company, Houston, Texas
. Attorney, 1971 to 1974
. Assistant Secretary, 1974 to 1977
. Senior Attorney, 1974 to 1977
Monen, Seidler & Ryan Law Offices, Omaha, Nebraska
. Associate Attorney, 1969 to 1971
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
. Juris Doctorate cum laude, 1969
. Class rank: First in class of 64
. Editor in Chief, Creighton Law Review, 1968-1969
. Fraternity: Alpha Sigma Nu, National Honor Society
. Awards and Prizes: Academic scholarships for all academic years
. Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1968-1969
. American Jurisprudence Citations for Scholastic Excellence in 17 law school courses
. Faculty of Law Award, June 1969 (highest triennial average in graduating class)
. First prize, Omaha National Bank Estate Planning Contest, Spring 1969
Creighton University College of Business Administration, Omaha, Nebraska
. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1967;
. General Business Major,
. Minors in Finance and Economics