Omaha’s Complex Litigation Attorneys

James D. Sherrets

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James D. Sherrets

Jim Sherrets has 30 years experience in civil litigation with an emphasis on business and property disputes and is admitted to practice in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona.  Mr. Sherrets has handled more than 100 cases in which landowners were having property condemned by a governental entity.  Mr. Sherrets has been appointed to act as a member of numerous Boards of Appraisal assigned to assess fair market value for properties which were being condemned.  Mr. Sherrets also has extensive experience litigating legal malpractice actions, disputes between business owners, and claims involving shareholders' rights.  Mr. Sherrets has represented purchasers, sellers, and lenders on the purchase, sale, development, and/or zoning of multi-million dollar properties.  Mr. Sherrets has also represented major businesses and developers in litigation involving real estate purchase or lease agreements and suits involving construction defects.
Significant results achieved by Jim Sherrets include obtaining an order of specific performance directing a purchaser to close on a multi-million dollar property and a personal injury judgment in excess of $3.6 million as a result of an accident caused by construction defect; termination of a long-term commercial lease valued at more than $25 million.  Mr. Sherrets obtained an award in excess of $250,000 against a loan broker who had misrepresented the terms of a loan.  Has defended claims in excess of $20 million.  Other judgments obtained by Mr. Sherrets include a Nebraska Supreme Court decision finding certain restrictive covenants precluding development run with the land and remained enforceable even though the property had been sold out of bankruptcy for $3 million to a purchaser who intended to develop the property.  Mr. Sherrets recently obtained a jury verdict requiring a developer to pay an additional $600,000 for purchase of a piece of commercial property despite the developer's argument that the condition in the contract requiring the additional payment had not been met. Mr. Sherrets has litigated in over 20 states.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation 60%
  • Legal Malpractice 20%
  • Real Estate 20%
  • English
Current Employment Positions
  • Managing Partner
Past Positions
  • Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC, Managing Member, 2009 to 2011
  • Sherrets & Boecker LLC, Managing Member, 2000 to 2009
  • Sherrets & Associates, Managing Partner, 1998 to 2000
  • Sherrets Smith Gardner P.C., Managing Partner, 1988 to 1992
  • Abrahams, Kaslow & Cassman, Partner, 1985 to 1988
  • McGrath, North Law Firm, Associate, 1983 to 1985
  • Kutak Rock, Associate, 1981 to 1982
  • Law Offices of John Delehant, Associate, 1978 to 1981
Bar Admissions
  • Nebraska, 1978
  • Colorado, 1994
  • Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988
Professional Associations
  • Nebraska Bar Association, Member, 1978 to 2011
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1994 to 2011
  • Arizona Bar Association, Member, 1999 to Present
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Finalist, National Trial Competition
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Economics and Speech
  • Subject of Feature Article UNO Alumni Magazine
Classes / Seminars
  • Advanced Title Insurance Issues, National Business Institute, 2011 to 2011
  • Title Law in Nebraska, National Business Institute, 2009 to 2009
  • Nebraska Real Estate Update, Nebraska Bar Association, 2008 to 2008
Representative Cases
  • Skyline Woods Homeowners v. Broekemeier, 276 Neb. 792, 758 N.W.2d 376, 2008, Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Estate of Schwartz v. Schwartz, 183 P.2d 552, 2008, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Greenhall Invest. LLC v. Wiese Dev. Corp, 14 Neb. App. 155, 706 N.W.2d 552, 2005, Nebraska Court of Appeals
  • Cybertek, Inc. v. Bently Systems, Inc. , 182 F. Supp. 2d 864, 2002, U.S. District Court Nebraska
  • Laubscher v. Laubscher, 8 Neb. App. 648, 599 N.W.2d 853, 1999, Nebraska Court of Appeals
  • Twin Towers Dev. v. Butternut Apts. LP, 257 Neb. 511, 599 N.W.2d 839, 1999, Nebraska S. Ct.