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William F. Hargens

William F. Hargens


Planning, execution and results are the three pillars Bill has built his practice on and when it comes to challenges involving business partners, suppliers or customers, you don’t want anyone else. Bill’s experience in the field has helped him develop strategies that achieve his client’s goal in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  • Creighton University (J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1981)
  • Creighton University (B.S. B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1979)
  • Nebraska (1981: Sustaining Member)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska (1981)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1988)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (1992)
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2003)

McGrath North is Recognized as a Top-Ranked Firm in Chambers USA 2024

McGrath North is once again proud to announce that 22 of our attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in their respective legal practice areas. Additionally, our firm's expertise is showcased with 8 core practice areas ranked for excellence.  


McGrath North Attorneys Awarded The Most Top Chambers Rankings in 2023




More Publications

To Agree Or Not To Agree: Should Your Business Contract Include An Arbitration Clause?

ar•bi•tra•tion – noun:  a method of dispute resolution involving one or more neutral third parties  


Cover Your Notes! Keeping Meeting Notes Confidential May Depend On Who Sent The Invitation

A business owner calls a meeting to discuss the tax consequences of a particular business transaction.  The business owner asks the business’s attorney to attend the meeting and to provide some guidance at the meeting.  The business owner also asks that the business’s outside accountant attend the meeting.  Several years later, the IRS seeks to review the outside accountant’s notes from the initial meeting to determine whether the business properly reported the transaction.  Is this protected under the attorney-client privilege?  

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • Listed:  Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,  (Nebraska, Litigation: General Commercial – Band 1)
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2020, 2024
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2019, 2020
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Banking and Finance, 2015, 2018
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Environmental, 2013, 2022
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, Closely Held Business) 2007-2023
  • Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating