William J. Birkel

“Our efforts help to return injured employees to financial stability and save the employer time and money while enabling them to meet their business goals.”

Bill specializes in legal issues that involve injury or damages. Clients rely on his more than two decades of litigation experience in injury and damage liability to help them navigate the questions and issues surrounding their cases. Employers in the health care and manufacturing industries face employee injury concerns on a daily basis, and Bill works hard to help manage those cases to seamlessly return the employee to work.

Case Studies / Success Story:
A manufacturer faced a lawsuit from an employee who had been seriously injured and was facing the possibility of not being able to return to work. After easing the client’s anxiety about the approaching filing deadline, Bill developed an aggressive, strategic response to the various claims in the suit. By working with the client and several medical experts, he was able to determine which of the injury claims were solely attributable to the accident. The case was resolved in mediation without the expense of protracted discovery or a trial.

“We can help develop a plan to be utilized by risk managers when confronted with a workplace injury which will ensure the best results for all involved.”

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Professional Background

Nebraska, 1990

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1990

Iowa, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1990


Creighton University School of Law J.D., 1990

University of Nebraska-Lincoln B.S.B.A. (Finance), 1987


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

Professional Organizations

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