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Ronald R. Volkmer

Of Counsel
Frank J. Kellegher Professor of Trusts and Estates, Creighton University School of Law

Ron Volkmer assumes a consultative role for the firm in the areas of property law, with special emphasis on wealth transfer, and on trust and estate law including fiduciary administration.  Ron has been active within the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section, most recently chairing a special committee of the Section that reviewed the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. He has authored the Estate Planning magazine column on “Recent Fiduciary Decisions” for many years as well as serving on the editorial board of this periodical.

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  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1973
    Master of Law
  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1968
    J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1966
    Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations:

  • Concord Mediation Center, Current Treasurer and Board Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Academic Fellow
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association

Awards and Recognition:

  • Robert M. Spire Public Service Award, Omaha Bar Association, 2008
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Creighton University Student Union, 2005
    • Award of Appreciation, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2003
    • Alumni Achievement Citation, Creighton University, 2001
  • Outstanding Legal Educator Award, Nebraska State Bar Foundation, 1999
  • St. Ignatius Award, Creighton University Deglman Center, 1996
  • Outstanding Service Award, Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution, 1996
  • Distinguished Faculty/Staff Service Award, Creighton University, 1995
  • George H. Turner Award, Nebraska State Bar Association, 1989



  • Column: “New Fiduciary Decisions“, Estate Planning Magazine, bi-monthly
  • “Nebraska’s ‘Total Return Trust’ Statute: Unitrust Conversion and the Challenges of Managing a Trust and Drafting a Trust“, 40 Creighton Legal Review Rev. 135, 2006
  • The Nebraska Uniform Trust Code: Nebraska Trust Law in Transition“, 37 Creighton L. Rev., 61, 2003
  • Nebraska’s Updated Principal and Income Act: Apportioning and Adjusting in the New Trust World“, 35 Creighton L. Rev., 295, 2002
  • Institutionalizing Mediation: The Role of Lawyers and Bar Associations“, 1 Pepperdine Dis. Res. L.J., 273, 2001
  • Low-Income Housing and the Charitable Exemption“, 34 Creighton L. Rev. 47, 2000
  • The Latest Look in Nebraska Trust Law“, 31 Creighton L. Rev. 221, 1997
  • Attorney Liability to Nonclients: The need to Re-examine Nebraska’s Priuity Rule“, 29 Creighton L. Rev. 295, 1995
  • The Law of Future Interests in Nebraska”, 18 Creighton Law Review 259, 601, 1985
  • Spousal Property Rights at Death: Re-evaluation of the Common Law Premises in Light of the Proposed Uniform Marital Property Act“, 17 Creighton Law Review 95, 1983
  • Nebraska’s Trustees’ Powers Act and Principal and Income Act: The New Look in Nebraska Trust Law“, 14 Creighton Law Review 121, 1980


  • Professor, Creighton University School of Law, 1969 – Present



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Nebraska, 1968