William L. Tannehill


Bill has over thirty years of courtroom experience, including multiple jury trials, defending professional negligence litigation and other personal injury claims. He has extensive experience in defending hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, attorneys and other professional negligence actions. He is also experienced in defending railroad litigation, premises liability actions and general negligence claims with extensive injuries, including wrongful death and closed head trauma. Additional experience includes insurance coverage issues and interpretation of insurance policies


  • Lincoln Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • Past President of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates


  • Member, Messiah Luthern Church
  • President and board member, Little Nemaha Lake Estates Homeowner’s Association

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • General Civil Litigation/Trial Practice
  • Insurance Law and Defense Litigation
  • Medical and Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Personal Injury Litigation


  • 1979 – Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, Kearney State University
  • 1982 – Juris Doctor, University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law


  • State of Nebraska
  • United States District Court, District of Nebraska
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
William L. Tannehill