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.”

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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