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James Cann’s litigation and dispute resolution practice focuses on civil, commercial, and family law. For nearly two decades, he has appeared as lead counsel for businesses and individuals to pursue or defend cases that require thorough preparation and careful trial presentations on complex issues to judges and juries.

In addition to having extensive experience handling lawsuits involving business, contracts, negligence, insurance, real estate, construction, bankruptcy, and other issues, his practice includes advocating for clients in family law cases involving divorce, separation, property division, custody, and estate and probate proceedings. He also regularly represents commercial and residential property owners in tax valuation protests and appeals. James’ skill in getting disputed matters resolved, either by trial, mediation, or arbitration, has proven to be valuable to many clients over the course of his career.



Commercial Litigation

  • Lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials
  • Represented prevailing party in first impression case before Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Obtained $1.3 million jury verdict in commercial fraud and conspiracy case
  • Defeated class certification in nationwide telecommunications class action lawsuit
  • Obtained dismissal of food product labeling class action claim
  • Represented excess insurer in connection with mass tort litigation claims brought against bankrupt product manufacturer
  • Obtained millions in combined property tax valuation reductions for commercial property owners

Family Law

  • Numerous dissolution of marriage and legal separation matters involving complex assets including businesses, deferred compensation, stock options, and pensions
  • Multi-state custody and support matters involving UCCJEA and UIFSA
  • Private adoptions
  • Legal guardianship matters
  • Probate and estate litigation including will contests and contested probate matters

News & Publications

Honors & Affiliations

Community & Professional

Nebraska and Omaha Bar Associations
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
Roanoke Neighborhood Association, Past Member and Two-Term President
Bryn Mawr Homeowners Association
Parish Council, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Past Member and President
St. James Seton School, Total Board of Education, President 2014-2015
City of Omaha Charter Study Convention Member 2013



J.D., Creighton University, 1998

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1995

  • Criminal Justice


  • State of Nebraska
    State of Iowa
    U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court
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