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James J. Niemeier

James J. Niemeier


Jim has extensive experience representing clients with commercial, financial and bankruptcy related legal issues during his 30+ year career. Jim often helps creditors with difficult collection issues both inside and outside of bankruptcy proceedings and focuses on attempting to guide each matter to best and most economical resolution, often avoiding expensive and time-consuming litigation. However, when bankruptcy or collection litigation is necessary Jim is equally experienced in the state and federal courts and will guide the matter to prompt and economical conclusion.

Jim does not only represent creditors but is also is an experienced Debtors attorney having represented Debtors in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 cases in Nebraska, including as co-counsel to Specialty Retail Holding Shops, in its recent Chapter 11 case, the largest in the state. Jim was the son of a farm family and farmed himself for a few years before moving before moving into the legal field. A survivor of the 80’s farm crisis, his agricultural roots give him a unique perspective on the issues facing agricultural creditors and debtors in today’s similarly difficult financial times. Jim enters into each representation with an eye to obtaining the best available result for his client at a reasonable cost, and in a prompt and efficient manner. 

  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Kearney State College (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1984)
  • Nebraska (1988)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1999)



McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

In its newly released 2022 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 47 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries.  Of these partners recognized based on peer-review surveys, 11 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.  


McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2021




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  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Creighton University Law Review
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation
  • Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating