• Please search to find attorneys
Close Btn
William J. Birkel

William J. Birkel


Bill has accumulated thirty years of trial experience litigating matters in Nebraska and Iowa and has tried cases and argued appeals in both Nebraska’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His practice is focused on litigated insurance matters and he has successfully defended individuals, medical professionals, corporations and insurance brokers and carriers.  Clients rely on his litigation experience in defending a wide variety of cases including personal injury, property/casualty claims, construction defects, workers' compensation, and professional negligence.

Bill graduated from Creighton’s Law School in 1990. He served as the President of the Omaha Bar Association and has been a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates for the last eight years.  For the last six years has been listed in Great Plains “Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers in America." 

  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S.B.A. (Finance), 1987)
  • Nebraska (1990)
  • Iowa (2008)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1990)

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





15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals




More Publications

Are COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses Covered? Initial Court Rulings Favor Insurers


  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska Mediation Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Nebraska Dispute Resolution-Basic Mediation Training, February 2017
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, House of Delegates, 2012-2017
  • NSBA Workers’ Compensation Section, 2013-Present
  • Omaha Bar Association President 2010-2011
  • Omaha Bar Association Executive Council 2008-2012
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (General Litigation, Workers’ Compensation) 2012-2017
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Insurance law, Litigation – Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year – Litigation-Insurance, 2020
  • “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year – Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers, 2019
  • Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating
  • Reported Decisions:
    • Morris V. Nebraska Health System, 226 Neb 285,664 N.W. 2d 436 (2003)
    • Harsh International, Inc. v. Monfort Industries, Inc., 226 Neb. 82, 662 N.W. 2d 574 (2003)
    • Herting v. Nebraska Methodist Hosp., 1998 WL 765716
    • Marathon Investment Fund CA Omaha South Lt. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 2005 WL 1335753
    • Butzloff v. Johnston, 1999 WL 1111918