A Little About Me

Christine Vanderford

I grew up in Nebraska. My parents were public school teachers and my father, Michael Nannen, coached high school sports in Weeping Water, Red Cloud and Yutan, where I graduated from high school in 1990. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to entering private practice, I worked with Attorney General Don Stenberg for nine years, serving as an advisor in the positions of Press Secretary and Assistant Attorney General. During my tenure at the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, I practiced in the area of Consumer Protection, working closely with Nebraska seniors and other consumer organizations to fight consumer scams, fraud and abuse.

In 2002, I assisted Mr. Stenberg in publishing the “2002 Nebraska Consumer Guide.” I obtained recognition while working to establish the Nebraska AMBER Plan, a child abduction system implemented in Nebraska in 2002. The documents I produced are now used for Nebraska’s AMBER Plan and as a model for the National AMBER Plan. In 2003, I was honored with the Chairman’s Award from the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association for my efforts in establishing the Nebraska AMBER Plan.

I belong to several professional and civic organizations including: the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar Association, the Lincoln Bar Association, the Nebraska AMBER Committee, Business Networking International, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Independent Business Association, Lincoln Elks Lodge, Lincoln Estate Planning Council, Lincoln Probate Discussion Group, and Citizen Advocacy.

“We were most impressed at how Christine made both of us feel at ease. She took a genuine interest in our family. In fact, we both thought of her as part of our family when we finished our estate planning.”
– Steve and Deb Converse

Joyce Pardee

Certified Paralegal

I joined the law office of Christine Vanderford in January 2006. Prior to joining Vanderford Law, I worked in many different areas of law including probate, inheritance tax, determinations, conservator-guardianships, corporate and business planning, real estate, legislative law and other general and substantive legal fields.

I’ve been practicing law for approximately 30 years and earned my distinction of a certified paralegal in 1990 through the National Associate of Legal Assistants. I also hold a Nebraska Real Estate Salesman’s License.

I have been a member of the Nebraska Association of Legal Assistants for thirty years and am proud to be the co-author of the Handbook for Utilization of Legal Assistants, which was distributed to more than 4,000 Nebraska attorneys by the Nebraska Bar Association.

I have been a speaker for the National Association of Legal Assistants, am a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Friends of Foreign Students, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Home Gardening Association.

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Professionally, I’m an attorney. Personally, I’m a partner for you. I specialize in helping you navigate the legal waters, but I also specialize in integrity, a caring approach, being genuine and making you comfortable with your life story, from beginning to end.

I’m also a firm believer in the power of companionship. And pets are a large part of my belief system, my life and my practice. The companionship of a pet has been proven to impact physical health and mental health. From lowering anxiety and stress levels to proven studies on lowering blood pressure and other medical conditions.

In fact, if you visit my office, you’ll be greeted by Autumn and Auggie—my two special companions. Because of this belief, I share the power of companionship with the world. Follow my personal or my business page and you will see this part of my own life story unfolding.

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