Michael Kuzma

Michael Kuzma

Johnson Flodman Guenzel & Widger Law Firm Est. 1962
  • Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Estate Planning...
  • Nebraska
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Summary

An experienced business attorney, Michael assists clients in a broad array of business matters involving numerous industries and various substantive legal issues, including: • Counseling on form of business and tax ramifications of each selection; drafting organizational documents; corporate, tax and other federal, state and local filings and compliance measures; and business qualification in other states; • Representing government entities in cross boarder regulatory matters, with special emphasis on the insurance industry; • Japanese language litigation discovery and due diligence; • Japanese deponent deposition preparations; translation management and objections; protocol and procedures for management of Japanese language documents; • Structuring and negotiating domestic and international business and asset acquisitions; • Establishing overseas subsidiaries, joint ventures, affiliates and business partnerships; • General estate planning matters including wills, trusts and probate proceedings.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • International Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Nebraska
Languages
  • Japanese: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Johnson Flodman Guenzel & Widger Law Firm
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Specializing in business transactions, insurance regulation, and estate planning, formation and administration, Michael Kuzma joined Johnson, Flodman, Guenzel & Widger in 2014. Before joining the firm, Mr. Kuzma was a business attorney at the State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development Office of International Trade and Investment (NDED) where he managed the state’s Japanese business relationships and foreign trade office in Tokyo. Mr. Kuzma graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School where he was awarded a David L. Boren NSEP Fellowship to study international business law at Temple University Beasley College of Law in Tokyo. Mr. Kuzma shares his business knowledge and experience by teaching Business Law II and International Business Transactions at Nebraska Wesleyan University to upper class and Master in Business Administration (MBA) students.
International Development Manager
State of Nebraska - Dept. of Economic Development
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1. Drafted and administered Nebraska’s 2011 and 2012 US Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Program (STEP) Grant and International Market Access Grant funds. 2. Negotiated and drafted agreement between the Shanghai Small and Medium Enterprise Center, signed by Governor Heineman that established the Nebraska Center in China; administered the office’s federal and state funding. 3. Advised Kawasaki parts supplier, in Japanese, on incorporation in Nebraska, incentive tax credits and L-1A visa issues. 4. Manage and advise the Nebraska Center Representative Office in Tokyo; administer the office’s federal and state funding. 5. Provide export counseling to NDED clients with an emphasis on exports to Asia.
Tax Attorney
KPMG, LLP
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Conducted tax compliance and tax research for private equity funds LS Power, LLC and First Wind Energy, LLC
Law Clerk
Keating O'Gara Nedved & Peter Law Firm
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Summer Associate
Ernst & Young
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Education
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
J.D. / Tax Law, Business Law, and Business Transactions (2010)
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Honors: Distinction
Nebraska Wesleyan University
B.A. / History, Political Science (2005)
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Honors: Highest Honors
Activities: Zeta Psi Fraternity
Speaking Engagements
Advanced Business Law, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Taught Business Law II course Spring Semester 2014
Advanced Business Law, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Taught Business Law II course Spring Semester 2015
Challenging the Validity of a Will or Trust, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
M&A for Small Business, Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan
Senshu University, UNL's Sister School
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1227 Lincoln Mall
Lincoln , NE 68508
USA
Telephone: (402) 475-4240