Thomas C. McGowan

“I provide experience, practicality and value.”

Tom helps clients who are up against threats of civil suits, administrative fines or criminal charges. He takes on these cases with the expertise gained from successfully defending clients in a wide variety of cases throughout the United States. It’s pretty straight-forward when it comes to Tom. His counsel is realistic, down-to-earth, strategically sound and always in his client’s best interest.

Case Studies / Success Story:
A small grain elevator and its manager were facing approximately $15 million in forward grain contracts with farmers who refused to deliver. The client was in the middle of a complex situation involving these forward contracts hedged with futures and exacerbated by the fact that the elevator could not afford to offset the contracts. Tom’s plan was to file suit against the 10 farmers who defaulted in order to make the client whole. The farmers responded with complaints to the Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), which led to an investigation of the elevator and manager. While the investigation was on-going, judgment was obtained against all 10 farmers on behalf of the elevator. The farmers appealed the ruling to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the CFTC investigation culminated in an Administrative Hearing seeking to void the contracts and sanction the elevator. The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the 10 judgments against the farmers, leading the Full Commission of the CFTC to overturn the Administrative Judge, thus, absolving the elevator and its manager.

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Professional Background

Nebraska, 1976

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1976

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1982

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1989

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1996

U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


Creighton University School of Law J.D., 1976

University of Nebraska-Lincoln B.A., 1972


Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation – Environmental

“Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Environmental Law, 2016, 2020

Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Environmental, Business Litigation) 2009-2010, 2012

Professional Organizations

Omaha Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America