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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, workers compensation, 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.

Experience

Experience

Property Valuation, Commercial & Civil Litigation

  • Lead counsel at Tax Equalization and Review Commission on business park valuation dispute resulting in $25 million in valuation decreases
  • Defeated jurisdictional challenge made in property tax appeals and obtained valuation reductions in excess of $$6.6 million
  • Obtained millions in combined property tax valuations reductions for commercial property owners
  • Defense of workers compensation claims
  • Secured drainage improvements and damages favoring commercial building owner damaged by unlawful displacement of diffused surface waters.
  • 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 product manufacturer
  • Obtained $1.3 million jury verdict in commercial fraud and conspiracy case
  • Lead Counsel in numerous bench and jury trials 

Family Law

  • Numerous dissolution of marriage matters involving complex assets including businesses, deferred compensation, stock options, retirement assets, real estate, and pensions
  • Custody and support disputes including multi-state jurisdictional issues involving UCCJEA and UIFSA
  • Military divorces
  • Prosecution and defense of decree enforcement and modification proceedings
  • Harassment and domestic abuse protection order prosecution and defense
  • Private adoptions
  • Legal guardianship matters
  • Premarital Agreements

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

Services

Education

J.D., Creighton University, 1998

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1995

  • Criminal Justice

Admissions

  • 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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