James P. Fitzgerald

For over 30 years Jim has represented corporate and individual clients in major commercial litigation and arbitration.  He has handled all aspects of commercial disputes ranging from breach of contracts to multi-million dollar claims for fraud; from shareholder disputes to suits over corporate mergers; from breach of fiduciary duty claims to securities fraud claims.  When the government became involved, Jim has represented clients in connection with government investigations involving alleged violations of federal and state laws and regulations.  Jim has been the lead attorney in complex national litigation involving product liability, toxic contamination, and public nuisance.

Jim’s experience has taken him before arbitration panels and the trial and appellate courts in the federal system and in many of the states.  In addition, he has considerable experience in resolving these claims outside of the litigation arena through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Jim was named 2013 Omaha Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation by “Best Lawyers.”  He was one of the top 10 Nebraska Super Lawyers in 2011 – 2014.

Jim has been a shareholder at McGrath North since 1977 and served as a director of the firm until November 2007.

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Professional Background

Nebraska, 1974


Creighton University School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1974

Board of Editors, Creighton Law Review

Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honorary

University of Nebraska-Lincoln B.A., 1968


Top Commercial Litigation Lawyers, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel

Top 500 Litigators (2006) Lawdragon.com

Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Securities

Listed:  Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,  (Nebraska, Litigation: General Commercial – Band 1)

Listed: Martindale Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating

America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, Benchmark Litigation

Great Plains Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, General Litigation) 2007-2020

Selected Top 10: Nebraska Super Lawyers (2011-2014)

“Best Lawyers” Omaha Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year 2013

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation

Professional Organizations

Omaha Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute