Judges of the Court



Judge Hoffert

John R. Hoffert, Presiding Judge

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3923, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Dawn Jones.

Date Appointed: October 4, 2001.

Biography: Graduate of Western Illinois University (BA, high honors, Political Science); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD, with distinction). Associate/Partner: Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP (1980 ‒ 2001). United States Army (1970 ‒ 1972). Member: Judicial Branch Education Board and Curriculum Committee. Past member: Nebraska Supreme Court Interpreter Advisory Committee (2005 ‒ 2015); Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, Board of Directors; Folsom Children's Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Board of Directors; Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys; American Judicature Society and American Trial Lawyers Association.

Judge Coe

James R. Coe, Judge

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Sarah Beringer.

Date Appointed: October 7, 1988.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska ‒ Lincoln (BS in Business Administration); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD). Partner of Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, 1974 ‒ 1988. Member of West Omaha (NE) Rotary Club; President of Dora Bingel Foundation.

Judge Fitzgerald

J. Michael Fitzgerald, Judge

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3924, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Evonne Meyers.

Date Appointed: April 12, 1996.

Biography: Graduate of University of Notre Dame (BS Business Administration); Georgetown University Law Center (JD); Creighton University (Certificate of Completion, Paramedic Training Program). Admitted to practice: Nebraska Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States Tax Court. Employee-associate and stockholder partner: Matthews, Kelly, Cannon, and Carpenter, PC, 1969 ‒ 1977. Stockholder partner: Carpenter, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1978 ‒ 1983; Miller, Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1983 ‒ 1987; Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1987 ‒ 1988; Carpenter, Rowen, and Fitzgerald, PC, 1988 ‒ present. Member of Nebraska State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Nebraska Trial Lawyers Association, Omaha Bar Association.

Judge Stine

Thomas E. Stine, Judge

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3923, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Dawn Jones.

Date Appointed: September 13, 2011.

Biography: Graduate of Wayne State College (BS, 1984); University of South Dakota School of Law (JD, 1987). Former occupations: Private Practice (1987 ‒ 2000); Assistant Attorney General (2000 ‒ 2011); Civil Litigation Bureau Chief, Nebraska Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (2005 ‒ 2011). Member of Nebraska State Bar Association (1989 ‒ present), serving on their House of Delegates and Leadership Academy Steering Committee. Serves on the Supreme Court’s Technology Committee. Serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Judge Fridrich

Daniel R. Fridrich, Judge

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Sarah Beringer.

Date Appointed: September 18, 2012.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska ‒ Lincoln (BS, 1992); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD, 1996). Former occupations: Served 10 years as Workers' Compensation Senior Counsel with Werner Enterprises, Inc.; attorney with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; associate attorney with Luebs, Leininger, Smith, Busick & Johnson. Member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Judge Martin

Julie A. Martin, Judge

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Sarah Beringer.

Date Appointed: December 23, 2014.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska ‒ Lincoln (BS cum laude, 1991); Creighton University School of Law (JD cum laude, 1994). Former occupations: attorney with Nolan, Olson & Stryker; attorney with Rehm, Bennett & Moore. Member of the State Bar Associations of Nebraska and Iowa, the United States District Court for the State of Nebraska and Southern District of Iowa.

Judge Block

Dirk V. Block, Judge

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3924, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Evonne Meyers.

Date Appointed: December 8, 2016.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska ‒ Omaha (BS, cum laude, Criminal Justice); Creighton University School of Law (JD). Former occupations: Marks Clare & Richards LLC (served as managing member, partner, and associate attorney); Knapp, Mues, Beavers, and Luther (served as associate attorney). Admitted to practice: Nebraska and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Member: Nebraska State Bar Association. Recipient of the Martindale Hubbell "AV" peer review rating. Serves on the Board of Directors for CBMC, Inc. and as Master of Ceremonies for the Omaha Leadership Prayer Breakfast.