Rick L. Ediger

Rick’s practice includes business transactions, business entities and planning, real estate, estate planning, probate and commercial law. Rick has been involved extensively in the sale and acquisition of numerous businesses including cable television systems.

Professionally, Rick is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and has been on the Supreme Court-appointed Advisory Committee, to include serving as Chairman. He has participated as a speaker and planning chairman for Nebraska Continuing Legal Education and Nebraska College of Law seminars in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Banking. Rick is also a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Rick’s hometown is Aurora, Nebraska, and he graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1974 with a B.S. in Economics. Rick attended the University of Nebraska College of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated in December 1976, with Distinction. He has been practicing law in Scottsbluff since April 1977. His wife, Patti, recently retired from teaching for the Gering Public Schools.  They have three children, one of whom is an associate with the law firm.

Rick served on the Board of Governors of Western Nebraska Community College. Rick’s involvement in scouting included serving as a Scoutmaster and District Roundtable Commissioner. In 1995, he received the District Award of Merit and was presented with the Silver Beaver Award in 1999. Rick continues to work with Gering Organized Baseball and is the past Chairman of its Legion Baseball Committee.  He is active in his church. Rick is a past Campaign Co-Chairman of the Scottsbluff-Gering United Way, as well as a Past-President of the Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club and the Gering Jaycees. He also served as Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Jaycees.

Current Employment Position

Secretary/Shareholder

Areas of Practice

Business Transactions
Business Organizations
Estate Planning & Probate
Real Estate

Bar Admissions

Nebraska, 1977
U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1977

Education

University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1976
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: With Distinction
Law Review: Nebraska Law Review, Associate Editor, 1975 – 1976

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1974
B.S., Bachelor of Science
Major:  Economics

Classes/Seminars Taught

Planning Chairman, Western Nebraska Bar Association Annual Meeting and Seminar, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1998

Planning Chairman, Banking Law, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., in Cooperation with Nebraska Association of Bank Attorneys, 1993

Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law: Probate, Real and Personal Property, The Young Lawyer’s Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the University of Nebraska College of Law, 1990 – 1994

NCLE Annual Institute on Estate Planning, Gift Planning under ERTA, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1982

Honors and Awards

National Moot Court Team, 1976
Wyo-Braska, District Scoutmaster of the Year, 1994
Wyo-Braska, District Award of Merit, 1995
Longs Peak Council Silver Beaver Award, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

Scotts Bluff County Bar Association (President 1998-1999)
Nebraska State Bar Association, 1977 – Present
Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
Western Nebraska Community College Board of Governors, 1997 – 2006
Scotts Bluff Kiwanis Club, (President 1986-1987)
Gering, NE Boy Scout Troop 3 (Scoutmaster 1992-1995)
Wyo-Braska District Roundtable Commissioner (1994-1999)
Gering, NE Jaycees (President 1979-1980)
Nebraska Jaycees (Legal Counsel 1981-1987)

Past Employment Positions

Nebraska Department of Revenue, Law Clerk, 1975 – 1976

Email Address

rediger@simmonsolsen.com