Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC
Attorneys at Law Licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan,
South Dakota, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado

James S. Pieper

Partner

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James S. Pieper has over 30 years of experience at the intersection of law, politics, public policy, business and finance.  Jim specializes in complex statutory, administrative, constitutional, political and financial issues requiring research and analysis, as well as the representation of nonprofits.

For nearly 12 years, he served as legal counsel to either the Speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature or the Chair of the Judiciary Committee.  There, he played a key role in drafting and analyzing major legislation that revised Nebraska's tax structure, updated economic development incentives, implemented community corrections, addressed complex urban education equity concerns, as well as many other issues.  He gained extensive experience in reviewing, analyzing and summarizing legislation, drafting of bills and amendments, preparation of supporting materials, and processing bills through committee.  He became familiar with legislative rules, floor procedure and the provisions of the Nebraska Constitution.

During that same period, and subsequent thereto, he has worked in private legal practice on corporate and public-private transactions, representation of nonprofit entities and research and analysis of statutory, administrative and constitutional issues.  His experience includes major financing and development transactions, analysis and preparation of policies for churches, private schools and other nonprofits, and a variety of administrative and governmental matters.

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts with high distinction, Jim continued at the University of Virginia School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree.  After spending four years at a large national law firm, he attended Duke University Graduate School, from which he obtained a Ph.D. in political science in 1999.  His academic specialty was the interaction of American political thought, governmental institution structures and constitutional jurisprudence, with a particular focus on election and voting law.  During the 1994-95 academic year, he was an instructor in political science at Creighton University, where he taught American Government, Constitutional Law and Political Philosophy.  He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Policy Analysis
  • Nonprofit Corporations & Foundations
  • Finance
  • Administrative & Governmental Law
  • Legislative Affairs
  • General Practice

Admissions

  • Nebraska (1986)

Education

  • Duke University Graduate School, Ph.D. (1999)
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1986)
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with high distinction (1983)

Professional associations, memberships, and activities

Community memberships, organizations and activities

Speaking engagements, presentations, and instruction

  • Instructor - American Government, Constitutional Law and Political Philosophy, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 1994-95
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