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

(Hon.) William B. Zastera


William B. Zastera is a recently retired judge of the 2nd Judicial District Court. His service to the people of Cass, Sarpy and Otoe counties spanned more than 20 years. Zastera’s experience on the bench also includes nearly a decade of work as a judge for the Sarpy County Adult Drug Court. Previous to that appointment, he served the 2nd Judicial District Court with distinction for 6 years. In total, Zastera’s judicial career totals more 26 years. His integrity, high character and professional dedication were honored by colleagues with his selection as a Nebraska State Bar Fellow.

Zastera earned a reputation as a skilled litigator during his tenure as Public Defender for Otoe County. He proudly defended the rights of the county’s citizens for half a decade. Prior to that, William worked in private practice in Nebraska City, Nebraska. His decision-making skills and passion for the law were honed as City Attorney for both Palmyra and Talmage, Nebraska.

Zastera earned his Juris Doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Zastera is the former President of the 2nd Judicial District Bar Association and has expertly served the Nebraska District Judges Association in numerous roles including President.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Mediation (Non Domestic)


  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1971
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1969
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1968

Professional Memberships, Associations, and Activities

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • 2nd Judicial District Bar Association
    • President, 1996
  • Sarpy County Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
    • Chairperson, Nebraska Lawyer Assistance Program, 1997-1999
  • Nebraska District Judges Association
    • President, 2010
    • President-Elect, 2009
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2008
    • Pension and Salary Committee, 2008-2009

Honors and Awards

  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Community Star Award by the Partnership for Meth Prevention, for work with Sarpy County Drug Court, 2009


  • Judge of the District Court, 2nd Judicial District, 1997-2017
  • Sarpy County Adult Drug Court, District Court, 2006-2017
  • Judge of the County Court, 2nd Judicial District, 1991-1997

Speaking Engagements, Presentations, and Instruction

  • Leader of multi-disciplinary team to develop a drug court in Sarpy County
  • Judge High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Judge Creighton University Law School Moot Court


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