Steven J. Riekes

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

Steven J. Riekes, a member of the firm, began his legal career in 1965 as an associate in the firm of Beber & Richards. He subsequently became a partner in that firm, and was instrumental in merging that firm with the equally long-established firm of Marks & Clare in 1994.

Mr. Riekes is well known for his appellate and motion practice. He has appeared many times before the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Nebraska Court of Appeals, Federal Courts and others in a wide variety of legal matters. Recent cases have involved the probate of estates, will contests, workers’ compensation, divorce, breach of contract, guaranty of business loans, fees in mortgage foreclosures and public policy. He specializes in legal research and analysis, often of difficult or unusual situations. Recent matters have included issues involving the taxation of estates. The status and formation of nonprofit organizations, and the breach of employment contracts.

Mr. Riekes is the author of numerous publications, covering a variety of legal subjects. They have included articles on covenants not to compete in employment and in other contracts; civil procedure; financial management of charitable endowment funds; and matters dealing with public housing authorities. He is also well known for his work in the field of public housing. He is a current board member and past president of the Housing and Development Law Institute of Washington, DC. He is the principal drafter of Nebraska’s Housing Agency Act and is frequently consulted by public housing authorities on a variety of matters.

Mr. Riekes is a native Omahan. He graduated from Brandeis University, cum laude, in 1962, where he majored in politics and was active in student government. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1965. Returning to Omaha, he became and still remains involved in numerous civic, charitable, educational, and religious organizations and activities. He is married to Margo Riekes, who is currently the Communications Director of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. His daughter, Suzanne Riekes Daw, lives with her husband and their three children in Seattle. His son, Ari D. Riekes, is also a member of the law firm. He enjoys learning, reading, writing, chess, exercise, traveling, listening to classical music, and many other pursuits.

Areas of Practice

Appellate practice
Public housing law
Litigation Support
Corporate and Business Law
Legal Research – difficult problems


Harvard University Law School, L.L.B., 1965
Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude, 1962

Admitted to Practice

Nebraska, 1965
U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1965
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court, 1975

Professional Memberships

Nebraska Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
American Bar Association
Housing and Development Law Institute, current Director and past President

Awards and Certifications

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
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
Louisiana Housing Council and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials in appreciation for drafting the Louisiana Model Housing Act, September, 1997
Nebraska Chapter of NAHRO in appreciation for the drafting of the Nebraska Housing Agency Act, 1999

Representative Cases

Published Works

“Is the Law Causing Charities to Drown Because Their Endowment Funds Are Now ‘Under Water’?” 43 Creighton Law Review 529, February, 2010
“Charitable Contributions to Public Housing Authorities,” The Counsellor, March 31, 2006
“More on Rooftop Leasing,” The Counsellor, December 1, 2004
“Territorial Restrictions in Covenants-Not-To-Compete in Nebraska, Part II,” 35 Creighton Law Review 23, December, 2001
A principal drafter of the Nebraska Housing Agency Act, LB 105, 1999
“Dead or Alive? Territorial Restrictions in Covenants-Not-To-Compete in Nebraska,” 33 Creighton Law Review 175, December, 1999
“Nebraska Joinder Statutes Need to be Modernized,” 31 Creighton Law Review 667, December, 1997
“Legal implications and Initiatives for Resident Self Sufficiency,” HDLI, October, 1997
A principal drafter of the Model Housing Agency Act commissioned by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, October, 1997
“The Verdict: Why LHAs Can Be Liable for Criminals’ Acts,” Journal of Housing, November/December, 1994
“Due Process of Law—HUD versus the PHA,” HDLI, Baltimore, Maryland, October, 1994
“Evicting Public Housing Tenants Involved in Drugs and Crime”—”the Federal Role,” HDLI, March, 1990
“Affirmative Action Alternatives in Public Construction Contracts for Housing Authorities,” HDLI, July, 1989
“Housing Authorities as Creatures of State Law—a Comparative Study,” Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI), New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 1987
Extensive testimony before the Committee on Small Business, United States Senate, on 2084, a bill to amend the Small Business Act to make loans to small business concerns, May, 1984


Married, 1965, to Margo Muskat Riekes, who is currently the Communications Director, Better Business Bureau, Inc.
Daughter, Suzanne Riekes Daw; son, Ari D. Riekes; son-in-law, Tracy Daw; and three grandchildren

Recreational Activities

Reading, writing, chess, exercise, traveling, listening to classical music

Charitable, Civic and Religious Activities

Harvard University Law School, L.L.B., 1965
Beth El Synagogue
Suburban Rotary
Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai B’rith, Trustee
Jewish Federation of Omaha
Jewish Community Center
Nebraska Jewish Historical Society