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Thomas Ackley practices in the areas of banking and finance, real estate, and corporate law. He advises clients on all aspects of loan transactions, from both the lender’s and borrower’s perspective, with an emphasis on ensuring the financial covenants and events of default are properly drafted for a successful long-term business relationship between the lender and borrower.

He also works to maximize municipal financing opportunities with bond and grant financing, including the use of tax increment financing, industrial redevelopment bonds and the Nebraska Advantage Act. Tom’s banking and finance background complements his representation of developers in the acquisition, sale and leasing of real estate, as well as his representation of business owners related to proper entity selection at formation and ongoing business issues.

Prior to entering law school, Tom served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Tom has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2024 for his work in Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.



  • Representation of national and regional financial institutions in loan transactions, work-outs and foreclosures
  • Representation of public and private companies to obtain financing for manufacturing, retail and agricultural operations, as well as acquisition and development of real estate
  • Use and structuring of bond financing transactions in numerous states, including tax increment financing
  • Use of condominium regimes to maximize municipal financing opportunities

News & Publications


Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2022-2024
The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law, 2012-2024
Omaha Magazine Top Lawyers of Omaha, Real Estate, 2021
Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Community & Professional

Midlands Community Foundation Board of Directors (2011-Present); President (Present)
Sarpy County Planning Commission, Member (2013-Present); Chair (2016-Present)
Bellevue Economic Enhancement Foundation Board of Directors (2011-2017); Chair (2016-2017)
Bellevue Planning Commission, Member (2006-Present); Chair (2008-2011)
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2011-2017)
Kiwanis Club of Bellevue, Member (2000-Present); President (2009-2010)
Leadership Omaha Class 30 (2007-2008)
Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Publications Committee (2006-2008)


J.D., Creighton University, 1999 (cum laude)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Creighton Law Review, 1998-1999
  • Editorial Staff, Creighton Law Review, 1997-1998

M.A., University of South Dakota, 1993

  • Political Science

B.S., St. Cloud State University, 1988 (magna cum laude)

  • Social Science


  • State of Nebraska
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