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Matthew R. Ottemann

Matthew R. Ottemann

AttorneyChair, Tax, Trusts and Estates Group

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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Success Stories:
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.

  • 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)
  • Nebraska (2006: Sustaining Member)
  • 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)

McGrath North Attorneys Awarded The Most Top Chambers Rankings in 2023



McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2024



15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals



Nebraska Tax Incentive Briefing: Whether to Deploy the Grandfather




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2023 Nebraska Tax and Incentive Legislative Update: Nebraska Makes A Move To Improve Its Competitive Business Climate

This year’s Nebraska Legislative Session was particularly eventful in regard to the State’s Tax and Incentive Policies. The Legislature enacted several significant Tax and Incentive changes, which collectively improved the State’s Business Climate. These changes are positive impacts on at least 8 of the 22 State and Local Site Selection Features:  


Remote Employees Can Have Significant State Tax Implications

All of her company’s employees cheered when Renee[1] announced that they could work remotely. They wanted freedom to be able to work from anywhere and potentially even live in a different place. Renee wanted to keep her employees together as a team and knew that retention in her industry could be difficult if she demanded they work from her Nebraska office.  

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska Society of CPAs
  • 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”, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Listed: Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Nebraska, Tax – Band 1)