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William J. Birkel

William J. Birkel


Bill has accumulated over thirty years of trial experience litigating matters in Nebraska and Iowa and has tried cases in both jurisdictions as well as arguing 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 has served as the President of the Omaha Bar Association and was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates for eight years. For six years he has been listed in Great Plains “Super Lawyers” and for the last seven years in “Best Lawyers in America."  He has served as member of the Board of Directors for the Stephen Center since 2019 and currently is a member of the Executive Council as the Secretary.

  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S.B.A. (Finance), 1987)
  • Nebraska (1990: Sustaining Member)
  • 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® 2024



McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2023

In its newly released 2023 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 44 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries, and 28 attorneys have been recognized for 10 years or more.  Of these attorneys recognized based on peer-review surveys, seven 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.  




15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals




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  • 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, 2024
  • Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating
  • Stephens Center, Board of Directors (2019-present) and Executive Council (2022)
  • Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • 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