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Gov. Ricketts Names Dirk V. Block to Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced his appointment of Dirk V. Block to the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court.


Block, 55, is managing member of Marks, Clare, and Richards, LLC in Omaha where he leads a team of attorneys who try cases before the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court and counsel clients on employments matters.  He has also worked as a partner and associate attorney at the firm.


Block was previously an associate attorney at Knapp, Mues, Beaver, and Luther in Kearney.


Block holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law.  He has received the Martindale Hubbell “AV” peer review rating since 2005.


The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Laureen K. Van Norman, effective January 1, 2017.