Nicholas R. Norton


Nic Norton maintains a broad practice at Jacobsen Orr, which includes both litigation and business/corporate work, and approaches every problem from a practical perspective to find the optimal resolution for his clients.  Nic’s primary focus is civil litigation in a variety of areas, including commercial, business, trust and estate, insurance defense, construction, real estate, criminal defense and others.  Nic has appeared in State and Federal courts across Nebraska and has experience in both bench trials and jury trials.  He also has experience in appellate practice before the Nebraska Court of Appeals, the Nebraska Supreme Court, and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In his litigation practice, Nic has assisted clients with a number of lawsuits involving disputes between shareholders, contract disputes, construction defect claims, buy-sell agreements, personal injury defense, and other matters.  Additionally, Nic has represented several clients in proceedings related to tax sale certificates and tax deeds, as well as boundary disputes, partition actions, property damage, commercial and agricultural lease agreements, and other claims related to real estate.  Whether the case involves a multi-million dollar claim, a simple contract dispute, or preserving the family farm, Nic devotes the same diligence and care to each matter he handles.

Nic also represents clients in a general business role.  In addition to handling litigation needs as they arise, Nic routinely counsels small business owners on the multitude of issues that occur on a daily basis, whether employment law or business planning.  Nic also negotiates and drafts agreements related to sales, supply, licensing, and employment and helps business owners find the balance between their legal concerns and the realities of their business operations.

Nic is committed to offering excellent legal service to his clients in a cost-effective manner.  He has been named a Rising Star by the Great Plains Super Lawyers in each of the last four years (2016­–2019) in the area of civil litigation, has received an “Excellent” rating on Avvo, and is actively involved with several legal organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association.  Nic is also involved in his church and in the community at large, and has recently been selected to join the Board of Directors for the CHI Health Good Samaritan Foundation.

Practice Areas

Business  |  Criminal  |  Employment  |  Real Estate  |  Probate  |  Litigation  |  Energy   |  Natural Resources  |   Insurance Defense

  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2012
    Mississippi College, B.S. Business Administration, 2008

    Honors and Achievements:

    Nebraska Law Review – Research Editor
    Moot Court Board – Senior Member
    CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Criminal Law

Professional Organizations
  • Admitted:
    Nebraska Supreme Court
    U.S. District Court – Nebraska
    U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit

    Nebraska State Bar Association
    Buffalo County Bar Association
    Nebraska Young Lawyers Section
    Defense Research Institute
    Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
Community Affiliations
  • Current:
    CHI Good Samaritan Foundation – Secretary/Board of Directors
    Faith Christian School – Vice President/Board of Directors
    Kearney E-Free Church – LifeGroup Leadership Team
    Kearney Young Professionals Network
    National Wild Turkey Federation – Fort Kearney Thundering Toms
Legal Experience


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