Ari Riekes

Omaha Attorney Ari RiekesEmail: Ari D. Riekes | Phone: 402-492-9800 | Toll free: 800-889-9801 | Fax: 402-492-9336

Ari Riekes is an Omaha based civil litigation and employment attorney at the Nebraska law offices of Marks Clare & Richards LLC.  Originally sworn into the Illinois Bar in 2003, attorney Ari Riekes was admitted to the Nebraska State Bar in April of 2005.

Ari is a people person who draws a lot of personal satisfaction from helping others. “I went into law to be a voice for those who are in need of an advocate.” He enjoys the process of standing up for his clients and seeking favorable outcomes.   He aims to provide sound, practical legal advice from the onset of a case.  He also believes it his job as a lawyer to be pragmatic and creative when it comes to solving problems for his clients.  Dedicated to helping those who have been unfairly treated, Ari strives to “make such people whole to the greatest extent possible.”

Attorney Ari Riekes is best in his element when partnering with his clients. His ability to listen and navigate complex legal issues serves his clients in pursuit of their legal goals. He provides a welcoming, approachable atmosphere. Always doing his due diligence, Ari believes “when it comes to litigation, preparation is paramount with the ability to think on your feet.”

Ari’s peers describe him as friendly. He has a way of making his clients feel comfortable as well as confident in his abilities.  At all times, Ari maintains a clear focus of his clients’ best interests.

Ari Riekes is an Omaha, Nebraska native. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ari obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He then moved to Chicago and worked in the restaurant industry and then for community centers.  He obtained a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and later earned a law degree from the Chicago Kent College of Law.  His early experiences help him maintain an open minded approach to people, their legal issues, and their challenges.  Ari returned to Omaha in 2003.

Ari does not have to go far to seek the wisdom of his role models. His father, Steven Riekes, is an attorney at Marks Clare & Richards. Ari appreciates “the way he loves the law and is constantly learning while paying attention to the details.”  Ari admires fellow attorneys who are able to balance being strong advocates for their clients while maintaining a professional, civil, and respectful disposition. Always willing to see others as teachers, Ari happily admits that “my clients quite often serve as my role models because I get strength through their determination and their willingness to stand up for themselves.”

This Omaha attorney maintains a sense of humor by following comedies, and the occasional action/suspense on the tube and big screen. Ari seeks to spend his personal time with his family and close friends, on the golf course, or discovering new places.  He also volunteers a lot of his personal time by serving on non-profit organizations. He has been the President of the B’nai B’rith Henry Monsky Lodge, and served on the Executive Board for Beth El Synagogue. He was also appointed by the Mayor of Omaha, NE to serve as an alternate on the City of Omaha Personnel Board.

Areas of Practice

Employment law

An advocate for employees and employers with respect to:

Disputes concerning claims of unfair treatment most often associated with wrongful termination, failure to hire, denial of promotions or raises due to age, sex, gender, race, national origin, disability, religion, whistleblowing/retaliation.   Most common laws impacting these issues are the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act, Nebraska & Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Acts, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Nebraska & Federal Equal Pay Acts, the Nebraska Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Disputes concerning the payment of wages and overtime.  Most common laws impacting the payment of regular wages and overtime wages are pursuant to the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Drafting, interpreting, and litigating employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and non-solicitation agreements.

Ari also helps businesses draft employee handbooks.

Workers Compensation

An advocate for employees who suffer work related injuries so that they may compensated for time off work, medical care, and any permanent injuries.

Personal injury

An advocate for individuals who have been unfairly injured due to the negligence or recklessness of others.  Injuries most often due to automobile accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall, failure to maintain property, etc.

Mediation

Serves as a neutral facilitator to help enable parties resolve their differences in a professional and cost effective manner.  Ari has Completed the 30 hour mediation training program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution and the 30 hour Family Mediation training Program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution for Parenting Act mediation.

Appellate practice

Pursue legal issues that need to be examined in the Nebraska Court of Appeals, the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, etc.

Commercial litigation

Advocate for clients in business related contractual disputes, business torts, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, and other issues.

Ari also drafts and litigates commercial lease agreements.

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., with honors, 2003
Northwestern University, M.S., Education and Social Policy, 1996
University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, 1994

Admitted to Practice

Currently Admitted Nebraska, 2005
Formally Admitted Illinois, 2003

Certification

Nebraska Employment Lawyers Association
National Business Institute lecturer on the Fair Labor Standards Act
Completed the 30 hour mediation training program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution and the 30 hour Family Mediation training Program sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution for Parenting Act mediation

Community Involvement

President of the B’nai B’rith Henry Monsky Lodge
Board of Trustees and Vice President for Beth El Synagogue
Former member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Community Center of Omaha
Former member of the Board of Directors for Project Interfaith.

Professional Appearances

Former Legal Writing Instructor at Creighton Law School
NBI presenter on the topic, “Fair Labor Standard Act Compliance Strategies That Work” – 9/16/13
NBI presenter on the topic “ACA Compliance: Avoiding Critical Pitfalls” – 10/25/16
Sterling Education Seminar presenter on the topic “Employee Non-Compete/Non-Solicitation Agreement in Nebraska”- 3/23/17
NBI presenter on the topic “Discrimination and Harassment” – 3/6/18

Professional Memberships

Attorney Ari Riekes is a member of the following:

Nebraska Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Nebraska Employment and Labor Association