Susan Reff

After spending 7 years gaining intensive criminal law experience as a Deputy Public Defender for Douglas County, Susan Reff partnered with Tracy Hightower-Henne in 2012 to form Hightower Reff Law. The two women have since created one of Omaha's premier family & criminal law firms.


A North Dakota native, Susan earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law in 2001, after graduating in 1997 from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. During her time at Creighton, Susan was captain of the women's rowing team and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

An Involved Advocate

Staying active in the legal community is important to Susan. She is a member of the Nebraska Women's Bar Association, Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association's Juvenile Law Section, and is a former member of the Nebraska Bar Leadership Academy.

When she isn't working, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, and serving as a coach for youth mountain biking. She is also an active member of T.H.O.R (Trails Have Our Respect) and an avid supporter of Creighton athletics.



  • Approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court as Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal law - felonies and misdemeanors
  • DUI
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Family law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court as Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2001


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Creighton University
    • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy - 1997

Published Works

Honors and Awards

  • Captain of the Women’s Rowing Team
  • Recipient of the 2015, Nebraska Families Collaborative "Community Champion for Children and Families" award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
  • Nebraska Bar Leadership Academy, Member, 2010 - 2011
  • Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • United States District Court, District Court of Nebraska, Member
  • Street Law Program, Founding member
  • CFCPI Summer Grant Program, Founding member
  • Public Interest Law Forum
  • Client Counseling Team
  • Trial team

Past Employment Positions

  • Douglas County Public Defender’s Office


  • Gamma Phi Beta

Contact Us Today

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