Contact Details

133 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

(712) 328-1833

  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Estate and Probate

Marvin O. Kieckhafer

Associate | Attorney at Law

“When trying lawsuits remember 2 things:
   1. Every case has peaks and valleys
   2. You don’t make the facts.
        -Harold W. Kay, Nebraska Trial Lawyer (1927-2014)

Tell me about your Family.
“I have been married for 41 years to my beautiful wife  Pam.”
Where were you born and raised?
Born Plainview, Nebraska. Grew up in small farm town of Osmond, in
northeastern Nebraska.
If not from CB, then how did you get here?
Came to Council Bluffs in 2001, after 20 years as a trial lawyer in North Platte, Nebraska.
Why did you choose the profession of lawyer?
I had an undergraduate degree that prepared me. After my military service I worked at a Lincoln, Nebraska, printing company that printed law reviews from all over the United States. This contact encouraged me to learn more about the law and led to a career change.

Who was your major influence in your life and why?
My Mother was a nurse. Her compassion, caring, and sacrifice for others impressed me and affected me in ways that I did not understand until much later in life. Her influence makes me a better attorney, who tries to be a good listener who counsel clients to make better decisions in what can be very adversarial circumstances.
What are your hobbies and enjoy doing?
I am a fan of college sports, especially Nebraska Cornhusker football, volleyball, and baseball. I enjoy reading, visiting historical places, and have enjoyed hiking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies. Most recently, I discovered the adventure of road trips in small British cars.
How are you involved in the community?
Member and participant in activities and ministries of Broadway United Methodist Church. Member and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for NeighborWorks Home Solutions, a non-profit corporation that develops and owns low and moderate single-family and multifamily housing and provides related community and neighborhood services in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.
What is that ONE case that you will always remember and why?
I successfully defended a funeral home in a negligent embalming jury trial the United States District Court in Nebraska. During the testimony of the expert funeral director appearing in my client’s case, this difficult trial featured the most dramatic, hear-a-pin-drop silent moment I’ve ever seen at a trial.
What is the one thing you could not live without?
It is a tie: A shower with hot water and a good red wine.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute


Chairperson, “Centennial Symposium on Ethics and Professionalism”, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2002

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation

Published Works

“Summary Judgment Motions”, Nebraska Practitioner’s Manual, Civil Practice & Procedure, 2002

Pro Bono Activities

Community Housing Investment Corporation of Council Bluffs, Board of Directors

Joined Firm


Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1981
  • Iowa, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991


University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
J.D. – 1981

Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
B.A. – 1971