The Attorneys at Brown and Brown have many years of experience in the areas of law in which they concentrate, as well as having outstanding academic credentials. Every rated attorney in the firm has received the highest rating possible for legal ability and ethics. (That is, each rated attorney has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, the most widely recognized organization nationally for collecting information from local lawyers and judges.)
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James W.R. Brown
Jim and his sons founded the firm in 1988. After more than six decades of practice, Jim retired from the active practice of law in 2010. Jim practiced primarily in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, trusts, estate planning, and tax exempt organizations. His standing among fellow members of the bar and the judiciary is reflected by his selection to serve as president of the Omaha Bar Association, president of the Nebraska State Bar Association, a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates for fourteen years and the Executive Council for nine years, by his appointment by the Supreme Court as a member of the Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Disciplinary Review Board and as a member of the Constitutional Revision Commission (1969-1970). Jim received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa where he graduated first in his law school class and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.
Thomas R. Brown
Tom focuses his practice primarily in the areas of business and tax law, healthcare law, estate planning and probate, and real estate law. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1976 from the University of Chicago, with honors, and graduated in 1982 from Creighton University Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Creighton Law Review. During his over 25 years of legal practice in Omaha, Mr. Brown has represented numerous professional organizations, including physician and dental practices, health organizations, accounting firms and other law practices. He has also served on the boards of several charitable organizations active in the health and science fields. In addition, he has substantial experience counseling closely-held and family-owned business enterprises. In doing so, he regularly deals with the varied, and often interrelated, legal issues that such firms encounter, from organizational and start-up matters, to assisting in expansion, acquisition and merger activities, to developing and executing estate and family succession planning for owners. He has published several articles on legal issues.
William C. Brown
Bill has over three decades experience counseling clients in the areas of business, contract, tax, retirement planning, deferred compensation, estate planning and administration, and other aspects of financial legal matters. He represents a diverse clientele, including manufacturing companies, software developers, tax-exempt organizations, medical and other professional service providers, and individuals. He is an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Nebraska Omaha College of Business, where he instructs Executive MBA students. He serves as a board member on several of his client’s boards of directors. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Iowa, where he served on the editorial board of the Iowa Law Review. He also received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Iowa, where he also earned inclusion in Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Brown has been active in many civic organizations, including the Omaha Children’s Museum, The Omaha Jaycees, The Cathedral Arts Project, The Mediation Network Association, and the Midlands Elder Care Network.
Douglas S. Lash
Doug graduated from Creighton University Law School in 1973. His undergraduate education was from Lawrence University and Dana College. Upon graduation from law school and through July of 1982, Doug practiced with a Council Bluffs, Iowa law firm. In July of 1982, Doug became Vice President and General Counsel of a general contractor with operations in Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado. In 1985, Doug resumed the private practice of law and now concentrates his practice in construction, real estate and commercial law, representing bonding and insurance companies, architectural and engineering firms, contractors and subcontractors, developers, business owners and financial institutions. He is admitted to practice in both Nebraska and Iowa and is a member of both the Iowa and Nebraska Bar Associations. He has lectured on numerous occasions in the areas of construction and lien law.
Steven J. Olson
Steve has been engaged in the private practice of law in Omaha since graduating from Creighton University (B.S.B.A., 1979; J.D., 1981). He joined the firm in 1998. He practices primarily in the areas of real estate, sanitary and improvement districts and business litigation. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Nebraska and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Steve is a member of the Omaha Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association (Member, Section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust) and American Bar Association (Member, Section on Litigation).
Matthew F. Heffron
Matt has been a trial attorney since graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. (While at Georgetown, he served as associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.) He began his law practice with a commercial litigation firm in Helena, Montana. For many years, he was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where eventually he was appointed Deputy Chief for the Criminal Division. He successfully tried numerous jury trials in federal court involving multiple jurisdictions and multiple parties. In 1996, he was awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Attorney General of the United States. He was a speaker on federal trial practice at many Department of Justice seminars. In 1998, he returned to practice law in his hometown, Omaha. Since then, he has practiced primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, trucking and personal injury litigation, and white-collar defense. His practice since 1998 has included the successful defense of trucking companies in numerous lawsuits in Nebraska and Iowa, the successful representation in a six-state area of a large regional bank, and the successful representation of a Fortune 100 company in several major lawsuits, including a grand jury investigation of alleged environmental crimes. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts in Nebraska and Iowa, as well as United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits. He is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Defense Research Institute, the Nebraska Trucking Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association. In 2009, Matt was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Nebraska and Iowa.
Christine F. Delgado
Christine graduated from Creighton University (B.A. and Juris Doctor). While in law school she earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice. Christine practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, healthcare, and litigation. She researches and drafts a variety of motions and briefs, including appellate work. She is admitted to practice in Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, and is a member of the Omaha Bar Association and Nebraska State Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section, Education Committee). She is a Board Member of Thomas More Society Omaha. She is a member of the Midlands Eldercare Network. Christine was selected to the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy Tenth Class (2015-2016).
Thomas J. McCusker
Tom has four decades of legal experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, with particular emphasis in recent years on the insurance and banking industries.
He began his career in New York City with the Wall Street firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, then moved to Omaha where he was a partner at Kutak Rock from 1974-1990. In 1990, he joined Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company as an Executive Vice President and served as Mutual’s General Counsel from 1994 until late 2008. As the result of the settlement of shareholder litigation of infoGroup Inc. (NASDAQ:IUSA) in late 2008, several members of infoGroup’s senior management team departed and McCusker then joined infoGroup as Executive Vice President for Business Conduct and General Counsel. He served in that position until infoGroup was acquired in June 2010. Later in 2010 he became a partner in the Omaha firm of Gettman & Mills, leaving that firm at the end of 2015 to join Brown & Brown.
Tom earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees with honors from the University of Notre Dame, where he was ranked first in his law class. He is admitted to practice in the States of Nebraska and New York.