Michael S. Degan: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Michael S. Degan

Omaha,  NE  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Business Litigation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 402.964.5037
Fax: 402.964.5050
University Creighton University, B.A., 1990; American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy, 1993
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1994; Creighton Law Review, Student Articles Editor, 1993-1994
Admitted1994, Nebraska; 1994, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; Nebraska Court of Appeals; 2002, U.S. Supreme Court; Iowa Supreme Court; Nebraska Supreme Court; 2003, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Defense Research Institute
•Litigation Counsel of America, fellow, 2013-present
•Nebraska Association of Defense Counsel
•Nebraska Insurance Federation
•Nebraska State Bar Association
•Nebraska State Bar Foundation, fellow, 2011-present
•Omaha Bar Association, Public Service Committee, 2004-present


A litigator on Husch Blackwell's Energy & Natural Resources team, Mike handles litigation and regulatory matters for industry clients. A first-chair trial lawyer in his 20th year of practice, Mike has appeared in more than two dozen state and federal jurisdictions on behalf of clients. With a strong background in commercial litigation, product liability and insurance coverage litigation, Mike routinely handles disputes in other industries. His energy-related experience includes:
•Representing publicly traded ethanol producer in national litigation matters.
•Representing privately owned ethanol producer in financing and construction litigation.
•Representing privately owned ethanol producer in litigation involving commodities contracts for inputs and disputes involving ethanol marketing contracts.
•Defending litigation stemming from gas peaking unit shutdown because of turbine system failure.
•Representing natural gas producer in Iowa litigation challenging state tax refunds.
•Securing state regulatory approval for a $350 million wind energy project in Nebraska.
•Advising renewable energy clients regarding state and federal regulatory requirements.

Awards and Recognitions
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2010-2015
The Best Lawyers In America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2015
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial Law, 2009-2014
Great Plains Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2014
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

•National coordinating counsel for welding industry trade association in welding fume product liability claims.
•Won jury verdict for Texas-based Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) consulting firm, sued in Nebraska state court by subcontractor for damages in excess of $500,000 for breach of contract and promissory estoppel.
•Won jury verdict for an agribusiness client in seven-figure commercial dispute tried in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.
•Won summary judgment for insurer on coverage and bad faith claims filed in Nebraska state court.
•Obtained favorable result for organic beef packaging client in defense of unfair competition and breach of contract action seeking injunctive relief from U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota.
•Won jury verdict on behalf of supermarket chain sued in Nebraska state court by landlord seeking $16 million in commercial lease dispute.
•Won defense verdict in product liability lawsuit brought in Nebraska state court seeking more than $500,000 for damage to hotel roof.
•Won summary judgment in favor of an insurer on coverage and bad faith claims in U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.
•Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in negotiated settlements with Nebraska attorney general relating to product marketing and pricing issues.
•Recovered more than $9.5 million in assets on behalf of the State of Nebraska, Department of Insurance, in multiple actions filed in the liquidation of a Nebraska domiciled insurance company.
•Won defense verdict in Nebraska state court for trustee in a breach of fiduciary duty case seeking to recover more than $240,000.
•Won summary judgment in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, for animal pharmaceutical manufacturer sued by competitor alleging unfair trade practices seeking $12 million in damages and injunctive relief.
•Managed regulatory issues for Las Vegas casino operator relating to $777 million proposed project in Kansas.

Business Insights

Business Insights
5.15.12 Legal Updates for Financial Institutions
Financial Services Seminar Omaha, NE
7.01.10 Fume Trial Win Underscores Need For Indemnification Agreements, Welding & Gases Today, Summer 2010
1.01.03 The Nebraska Lawyer, 2000-2003
1.01.93 Adding the First Amendment to the Fire: Cross Burning and Hate Crime Laws, Creighton Law Review

In The News
10.20.14 Husch Blackwell More Than Doubles Its Presence on Benchmark Litigation's 2015 List; 22 Attorneys Recognized
News Release
10.03.14 In Nebraska, Five Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
10.15.13 Husch Blackwell Continues to Receive High Marks by Benchmark Litigation
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals News Release
9.09.13 In Nebraska and Texas, 13 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
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11.06.12 Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names Husch Blackwell a Highly Recommended Firm
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10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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Office Information

Michael S. Degan

13330 California Street, Suite 200
OmahaNE 68154


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