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Brian T. McKernan

Brian T. McKernan

Attorney Chair, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group

Being faced with a dispute is not a position that most individuals and business owners enjoy being a part of.  Brian’s experience, planning and execution allows him to quickly get a handle on the nature of the dispute, verify the necessity of the dispute, and most importantly provide various options to guide the client through the dispute consistent with the business or personal goals of the client.

Brian has over 20 years of resolving a broad variety of complex business, commercial and intellectual property disputes at both the trial and appellate court levels.  This experience includes construction, franchise and toxic tort litigation.  Brian serves as national coordinating counsel for various clients responsible for litigation matters throughout the country. Brian has taken multiple trials to verdict and has argued in front of the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Supreme Court on multiple occasions. In addition, Brian regularly handles arbitration proceedings involving a number of industries.

Brian is Chair of McGrath North’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

  • Creighton University (J.D., Cum Laude, 2001)
  • Creighton University (B.A., Cum Laude, 1998)
  • Nebraska (2001: Sustaining Member)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (2001)

McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2024



McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2023

In its newly released 2023 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 44 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries, and 28 attorneys have been recognized for 10 years or more.  Of these attorneys recognized based on peer-review surveys, seven were named “Lawyer of the Year.” This honor is awarded to only one attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.  



November 07, 2019

14th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals

McGrath North is sponsoring and conducting our 14th Annual Seminar for Accounting Professionals in Omaha, Nebraska.  

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation) 2021-2023
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Copyright Law, 2022
  • Creighton Law Review 1999-2001
  • Creighton Traveling Moot Court Team
  • Creighton Traveling Trial Practice Team