Kozal v. Snyder

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version

Kozal v. Snyder

Case Number
Call Date
March 3, 2022
Case Time
9:00 AM
Court Number
Case Location
University of Nebraska College of Law
Court Type
District Court
Case Summary

S-21-0377, Stuart Kozal, d/b/a Jumping Eagle Inn; Arrowhead Inn, Inc., d/b/a Arrowhead Inn; Jason Schwarting; Clay Brehmer; Daniel Brehmer, d/b/a State Line Liquor, Douglas Sanford, Steve Sanford, and Sanford Holdings, L.L.C., d/b/a D & S Pioneer Service (Appellants) v. Andrew W. Snyder and Chaloupka, Holyoke, Snyder, Chaloupka & Longoria P.C. L.L.O. (Appellees)

Appeal from the District Court of Sheridan County, Judge Travis O’Gorman

Attorneys: Diana J. Vogt, Robert S. Sherrets, Thomas G. Schumacher (Sherrets, Bruno, and Vogt, LLC) for Appellants and Steven W. Olsen and Amy N. Leininger (Simmons Olsen Law Firm, PC, LLO) for Appellees. 

Civil: Legal Malpractice

Proceedings below: The district court overruled Appellants’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and sustained Appellees’ Motion for Summary Judgment.  Appellees filed a petition to bypass the Court of Appeals, which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Issues: Appellants argue that the district court erred in: 1) concluding, as a matter of law, that Snyder did not breach the applicable standard of care because: a) it is undisputed that Snyder failed to name all parties of record in the appeal from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission’s decision; b) the issue of including “all parties of record” was settled in an unambiguous statute; and c) even assuming arguendo that including the citizen objectors was an unsettled issue, Snyder breached the applicable standard of care by failing to advise the Appellants of the risk of omitting the citizen objectors; 2) granting summary judgment to Snyder because there was clear evidence that Snyder breached the applicable standard of care and caused Appellants to lose their liquor licenses, including Snyder’s own written admission; and 3) in failing to grant Appellants’ motion for partial summary judgment. 

Schedule Code