John W. Herdzina

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Partner since 1977
Omaha, Nebraska

John W. Herdzina is a partner with the firm and a member of the business department. He joined the firm in 1972. Mr. Herdzina focuses his practice on corporate law, franchise pre-sale registration and disclosure laws; franchise law; commercial transactions, drafting of contracts and administrative law.

In his corporate practice, Mr. Herdzina advises clients in connection with franchise law. Mr. Herdzina works with pre-sale registration and disclosure laws, federal regulations, state by state registration, disclosure obligations and content. Mr. Herdzina regularly counsels franchisors and franchisees on franchise relationship laws to help resolve problems and avoid disputes. He also counsels clients in the organization of business entities and drafting of organizational and governmental documents.

Mr. Herdzina has also developed a special emphasis on assisting families and caregivers who are parenting or caring for a child with physical or cognitive challenges. He is experienced in establishing Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Special Needs Trusts which provide the ability to use trust assets to give individuals with special needs "non-necessity" items that would not be available through government benefits.

With respect to his energy law practice, Mr. Herdzina has extensive experience, domestically and internationally, with cogeneration plants (production of electricity and steam) and independent power plants, including the negotiation and drafting of letters of intent, steam sales agreements, plant site leases, option and purchase agreements, plant interconnection documents, equipment agreements and water supply agreements.

Mr. Herdzina was the City Attorney for the city of Bellevue, Nebraska for 15 years. As Bellevue City Attorney, Mr. Herdzina gained invaluable experience in all facets of municipal law and administrative law, including employment and political issues, as well as land use and planning. He has developed a solid understanding of Nebraska laws relating to claims against cities and political subdivisions. In addition, he has assisted clients with claims before various public bodies.

Mr. Herdzina received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Creighton University in 1970 and his Juris Doctor from the Creighton University School of Law in 1972.

Mr. Herdzina is a member of the Omaha and Nebraska State Bar Associations. He is also a Fellow of the Nebraska Bar Foundation and has served a couple of terms as a member of the Executive Committee for the Omaha Bar Association and as a member of the Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial District, as a member of the Douglas County Judicial Nominating Commission.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1972

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • Complex Commercial Transactions
  • Administrative Law
  • Drafting of Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1972


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 1972
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA
    • B.S.
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA
    • B.A.

Representative Clients

  • Tenaska Inc.
  • Kwik Shop, Inc.
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Right at Home, Inc.
  • Miller Electric Company


  • Tenaska, Inc.
  • Kwik Shop, Inc.
  • Right at Home, Inc.
  • First National Bank of Omaha


  • Legal Aspects of Small Business, SBA, 1993 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Nebraska Bar Foundation
  • "Best Lawyers in America" for Corporate Law and Franchise Law, 2006 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • City of Bellevue, City Attorney, 1992 - 1997
  • Citizen Advocacy, Director, 2001
  • Easter Seals NE, Chairman of the Board, 2007, 2001 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
  • Omaha Bar Association, Member
  • Omaha Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee
  • Catholic Charities, Member of Board of Directors
  • Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial District, Member
  • Douglas County Judicial Nominating Commission, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • State Bar Association Program
  • Behavioral Health Advisory Committee for Catholic Charities


  • Phi Kappa Psi