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Michael S. Degan

Biography

Mike devotes his practice to business litigation and renewable energy. A seasoned first-chair trial lawyer with more than twenty-five years of experience, Mike helps clients successfully navigate complex commercial disputes to resolution. He also advises renewable energy developers, producers and large energy consumers to develop, finance, build and operate renewable energy facilities.

Before joining the firm, Mike practiced for more than twenty years in AmLaw 200 law firms, where he previously led a practice group of more than 100 litigation professionals. He brings experience and a big firm perspective to our tailored approach to legal services.

Representative Experience

  • Litigation
    • Lead attorney in over fifty trials
    • Lead attorney in more than forty arbitrations (AAA, JAMS, NGFA, FINRA, HKIAC)
    • Represented clients in more than thirty state and federal trial court jurisdictions
    • Attorney of record in more than twenty-five state and federal appellate decisions
    • Served as national coordinating counsel for several industry trade organizations, advising on issues ranging from product liability, toxic tort, workplace hazards, OSHA compliance, insurance and risk management.
  • Renewable Energy
    • Developer counsel on completed and currently operating renewable projects having more than 1 GW of aggregate capacity
    • Developer counsel on renewable projects in development or currently under construction having an aggregate projected capacity exceeding 2 GW
    • Advises and assists developers on state energy policy and regulatory issues, local land use and permitting, renewable energy incentives, and transmission interconnection issues
    • Advises and assists industrial and data center customers to negotiate power supply agreements and structure behind the meter transactions

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

  • Chambers USA (2009 to present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2013 to present)
  • Super Lawyers (2009 to present)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Benchmark Litigation (2009-2019)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Knights of Aksarben

Practice Areas

  • Litigation/Dispute Resolution
    • Business and Commercial Litigation
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Agribusiness Litigation
    • Negligence and Product Liability
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Renewable Energy

Bar Admission

  • State of Nebraska
  • United States District Court, District of Nebraska
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court 

Education

  • J.D. (cum laude) Creighton University School of Law, 1994
    • Creighton Law Review, Student Articles Editor
    • National Trial Team
  • B.A., Creighton University, 1990

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