Patricia (Patti) L. Vannoy

Patricia Vannoy

Patti Vannoy is a partner with Mattson Ricketts, where she focuses her practice on investors’ rights and insurance issues.  She has represented more than 400 clients with claims involving private placements, real estate investment trusts, variable annuities, life insurance, and all manner of securities, including cases against broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, insurers, and clearing firms.  She has also led work on bad faith claims related to the financial services industry, against both errors and omissions and directors and officers insurers, and has represented several whistleblowers seeking protection under the Dodd-Frank Act and Sarbanes-Oxley.  Before practicing law, Patti worked as a reporter and editor with major newspapers in the Midwest.

Patti also enjoys a general civil practice, which includes civil litigation, contract negotiation, estate planning, and advising startup and small businesses. She spends much of her free time contributing to her fiancé’s tech startups.


  • 2009 University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. with distinction
  • 2005 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.J. with highest distinction


  • Nebraska state and federal courts
  • Colorado state courts
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors & Awards:

  • Nebraska Law Review
  • University of Nebraska College of Law Moot Court Board


  • FINRA Arbitrator
  • Leadership Nebraska Class VII
  • Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXVI
  • Rise Lincoln Advisory Committee
  • Alpha Phi Nu Chapter Advisory Board
  • Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court
  • Lincoln Young Professionals Group
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    • Natural Resources Section Executive Committee, Past Chair
    • Securities Section Executive Committee, Vice-Chair

Publications & Presentations:

  • R.I.P.: The Federal Common Law Waiver Approach to Retirement Plan Death Benefits Finally Rests in Peace After Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings & Investment Plan, 497 F.3d 426 (5th Cir. 2007), aff’d 129 S. Ct. 865 (2009), 88 Neb. L. Rev. 204 (2009).
  • Holding a Water Right is No Guarantee You Can Tap the Liquid Gold, Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine, January 2011 (with Stephen D. Mossman)
  • Trust, But Verify: Know Who You are Contracting With and Put it in Writing, Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine, March 2011 (with Stephen D. Mossman)
  • Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine, April/May 2011 (with Stephen D. Mossman)
  • Environmental Regulators at Your Doorstep, Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine, August 2011 (with Stephen D. Mossman)

Practice Areas:

Business & Tax

General Counsel

Organization & New Business Issues

Tax Litigation

Estate Planning & Probate

Family Business Succession Planning

Guardianship & Conservatorship

Probate & Trust Administration

Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney

Government & Administrative Law

Elections & Campaigns

Professional Licensing & Discipline

Investor Rights

Broker Misconduct

FINRA Arbitrations

Securities Fraud

Natural Resources & Environmental Law

Water Rights

Solid & Hazardous Waste Disposal

Real Estate

Boundary & Easement Disputes

Construction Defects

Eminent Domain & Takings

Purchase, Sale & Leases

Trials & Appeals

Appellate Practice

Civil & Commercial Litigation

Family Law & Adoption

Insurance Bad Faith

State & Federal Constitutional Law