Matthew R. Ottemann

“I’ve seen the frustration and anger of a business owner when faced with an unexpected tax assessment, which could close the owner’s business and put employees out of work.  Helping business owners in those situations is a truly rewarding job.”

For clients facing current or anticipated tax audits, and in need of expert counsel for tax planning and assessment defense, Matt’s experience and strategic solutions provide welcome relief.  He also helps clients head off potential problems at the pass, understanding and planning for the tax ramifications of significant business events. Matt’s analytical approach keeps his clients informed on how the law will, or could, affect their business decisions. Looking at situations with a business model analysis helps Matt spot potential pitfalls the client might have overlooked, and it helps keep the big picture intact – from transaction to transaction.  And, if a dispute should arise, he stands by his team’s ability to provide superior representation.

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Matt has successfully represented a wide variety of companies in many business sectors in the defense and resolution of tax audits and appeals.  Matt’s work has helped businesses save tens of millions of dollars in tax costs – both in taxes saved and tax incentives received.

Matt is also an experienced Estate Planner.  He has been selected to teach Estate Planning to business students at Creighton University for several years, as well as Estate and Gift Taxation at the Creighton University School of Law.

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Professional Background

Nebraska, 2006

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2006

U.S. Tax Court, 2006

U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2006

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2006


University of Alabama School of Law LL.M. in Taxation, Magna Cum Laude & Valedictorian, 2010

Creighton University School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2006

Creighton University B.S.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1999


Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning, Creighton University School of Business

Adjunct Professor, Estate and Gift Taxation, Creighton University School of Law

Author, Lexis Nexis Federal Tax Advisor

Author, Lexis Nexis Nebraska State Tax Insights

Creighton Law Review

International Moot Court Board

Traveling Moot Court Team

Certified Public Accountant Certificate

Listed: Great Plains Rising Star (Tax, Estate Planning & Probate) 2016-2017

Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Trusts and Estates

Professional Organizations

Omaha Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Nebraska Society of CPAs