Tracy L. Hightower-Henne

Tracy L. Hightower

In 2012, the common goal of helping people with their personal legal needs brought Partner Attorney Tracy Hightower-Henne together with Susan Reff to form Hightower Reff Law. The two women have created one of Omaha's premier family & criminal law firms. Before partnering with Susan Reff, Tracy practiced corporate law for Union Pacific Railroad.

Education

An Omaha native and Burke High school alumna, Tracy received her Juris Doctorate degree and a Master of Laws in Taxation in 2007, from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

An Involved Advocate

A notable legal advocate, Tracy's work through the Nebraska Innocence Project on the high profile case of Juneal Pratt that has gained much media attention. Pratt has maintained his innocence since his 1975 conviction in the rapes of two women. Tracy successfully fought, all the way to the Nebraska Supreme Court, to get Pratt DNA testing to prove his innocence.

Tracy's many professional involvements include serving as President of the Nebraska Innocence Project from 2011 to 2014, and currently as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Innocence Project. Tracy is also chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court's Limited Scope Representation Subcommittee, and she served as the President of the Nebraska Women's Bar Association for 3 years.

Tracy is an adjunct professor at Creighton University Law School, teaching Wrongful Convictions. As Executive Director of Nebraska Innocence Project, Tracy is passionate about this area of law.

When she isn't working, Tracy enjoys baking, cooking and spending time with her family, including her Great Dane, Maya.

TRACY’S SNAPSHOT:

Certifications

  • Certified by the Office of Dispute Resolution in Basic Mediation and Family Law Mediations
  • Certified collaborative lawyer.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law, including; divorce, paternity, and child support
  • Guardianships
  • Adoption
  • Limited Scope Representation
  • Appeals
  • Family Law Mediator
  • Post Conviction

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified by the Office of Dispute Resolution in Basic Mediation and Family Law Mediations

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • LL.M., Master of Laws in Taxation - 2008
  • Doane College, Crete, NE
    • B.A. Business Administration – Management - 2004

Published Works

Representative Cases

  • Dragon v. Dragon, 21 Neb. App. 228 (September 3, 2013)
  • Udhus v. Udhus, A-12-291 (December 31, 2012)
  • State of Nebraska v. Juneal Pratt, S-11-760 (February 21, 2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the Nebraska Academy of Collaborative Professionals 
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Nebraska Innocence Project, Executive Director, 2013 - Present
  • Nebraska Innocence Project, President, 2011 - 2013
  • Nebraska Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2015 - 2016
  • Omaha Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2008 - Present
  • Nebraska Innocence Project, Treasurer, 2008 - 2011
  • Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, President, 2010 - 2013
  • Robert M. Spire Inns of Court, Member, 2010 - Present
  • Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, Secretary, 2009 - 2010
  • Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2010 - Present
  • Nebraska Supreme Court Limited Scope Representation Subcommittee, Chair, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Union Pacific Railroad, tax attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Nebraska Innocence Project, 2009 - Present

Contact Us Today

To schedule a consultation with Tracy, Contact us online, email us at info@hrlawomaha.com or call 402-932-9550.