A seventh generation Nebraskan, Associate Jamie Hurst grew up in a family of farmers and small business owners, and knows first-hand the employment and business law concerns her clients face during their day-to-day operations.
Jamie works with both employers and employees on a wide range of employment-related issues, including drafting employment and independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, developing and reviewing employee handbooks and pursuing discrimination complaints made before both state and federal commissions.
Jamie believes that representing both employers and employees makes her a better attorney and issue spotter, as she understands the nuances required in employment law. She excels at helping clients when they say, “Here’s a situation; what do I do next?”
Jamie also assists in litigating both state and federal court matters concerning alleged discrimination or retaliation on the basis of Title VII, ADA, ADEA and FMLA. Jamie also represents employers and employees in a wide range of wage and hour disputes. Outside of the courtroom, Jamie negotiates severance agreements, non-compete agreements and union contracts, as well as ensure clients are in compliance with the NLRA and other labor laws.
In her business and corporate practice, Jamie regularly works with individuals and small business owners looking to start or transition to a new business opportunity, assisting clients with the formation, organization and maintenance of new entities. Jamie also has extensive experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating transactional documents.
In addition to her employment and business law practice, Jamie represents clients in all stages of life to ensure peace of mind in their estate planning and administration. Jamie provides comprehensive estate planning suited to a client’s individual needs, which can include drafting basic wills or structuring complex estate plans.
Jamie excels at translating complex legal and technical issues into understandable terms. She communicates closely with clients throughout each engagement, and is always available and responsive. “I treat every client like my own family,” she states.
Jamie works in tandem with Partner Ray Aranza. As a team, clients get the advantages of Ray’s trial experience along with Jamie’s research and writing skills and knowledge of cutting-edge issues. Their team offers competitive and flexible client pricing – from hourly rates to contingencies and flat fees.
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, Jamie worked as a legal secretary, learning the ins and outs of a law practice from the ground up. She subsequently worked as a law clerk while attending the University of Nebraska College of Law, and taught workers’ compensation law to aspiring paralegals at a local community college.
Jamie’s ancestors founded the city of Gretna, Nebraska, her hometown: “My roots run really deep.” Growing up on the family farm in Gretna, Jamie developed a diligent work ethic, “can do” attitude and core belief in the need to help others. In her free time, Jamie enjoys being with her husband and young son, and their two Blue Heelers, Harlow and Gus. She also enjoys soccer, sand volleyball, fishing and watching Nebraska football.