Thomas Freeman

Tom Freeman loves helping his clients. He helps workers who have experienced discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. He enjoys litigating cases and helping clients negotiate exit agreements and severance packages. His strong business background serves clients well in business-related disputes.

Tom has advised and represented individuals, corporations, county governments, the State of Nebraska, and Native American tribes and entities on matters including commercial contracts, litigation and risk management, corporate governance, and employment law. He has litigated cases in both state and federal courts and at the trial and appellate levels. He is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in the State of Nebraska, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Tom is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and serves as Nebraska’s representative on NELA’s Eighth Circuit Board. His wide-ranging legal experience, working for both plaintiffs and defendants, gives him unique insight and helps him to get the best possible results for his clients.

Tom received a law degree in 2007, a Master’s Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in 2010, and a Master of Business Administration in 2012.

He has been rated as AV-Preeminent by his peers for his legal skills and ethical conduct since 2012, a distinction only awarded to around 10% of attorneys.

Here are a couple of examples of what his clients have to say about him:

“I was referred to Fiedler Law by another law professional and I was contacted within a couple hours of doing my web submission. Tom Freeman got me in quickly and instantly made me feel heard, in a time where I was at a very high-stress point. He was kind and knowledgeable, not to mention resolved my issue with a better outcome than anticipated. I never was left wondering about an update, he personally updated me throughout and responded so quickly. I am thankful and appreciative and can’t recommend his services enough!

His office is also warm and inviting- the front office staff was also friendly and responsive (and there is a precious friendly dog that will greet you, if you’re into it).”

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“I was searching to find a knowledgeable Attorney to represent me…I was becoming very frustrated after 2 days and several calls finding no one knew much about it. I was blessed when a fellow Attorney recommended Tom after listening to my story. I called and he immediately recognized the players and had plenty of knowledge on the matter! He worked diligently and was able to resolve my case successfully I recommend Tom and I am very happy!!”

Tom presents and publishes articles and commentary on algorithmic decision making and tech ethics. He has recently presented to the Nebraska Bar Association, Iowa Bar Association, and Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute. He has upcoming presentations scheduled for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Nebraska Bar Association. Tom has also recently published articles on Digital Ethics in CPI TechReg and The Nebraska Lawyer, on algorithmic bias in The Law-International Edition, and on the legal implications of algorithmic decision making in The Nebraska Lawyer.

He helped lead a team that developed a national high school curriculum on algorithmic bias for the ADL. He has been published in legal journals such as the William & Mary Business Law Review and the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. Tom is a frequent speaker at academic and legal conferences on topics like algorithmic bias, data science ethics, networking, business law, and leadership and presented last spring at SXSW EDU.

Tom was also an award-winning Law Professor at Creighton University for more than 15 years, where he taught courses on business law, negotiation, and litigation, and coached the University’s Mock Trial Team. Tom’s courses and academic research prepared students for the legal and ethical challenges created by Big Data, artificial intelligence, business analytics, fintech, algorithmic bias, and other emerging technologies. Here are a couple of reviews from his students:

“Tom Freeman is the best professor you will ever have at Creighton University. He is the most genuine man that has ever taught. He wants all students to succeed. He wants to get to know all students…”

“Great professor. Loved this class. Clear he cares about students. Far and away the best professor I’ve had.”

Tom serves on the Stewardship Council of Keep Omaha Beautiful and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Suburban Rotary of Omaha. He was elected to the Executive Board of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and serves on the Editorial Board of the Nebraska Lawyer.

Tom is a native Nebraskan and is married with two children. He loves spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. He roots for Nebraska in football and Creighton in everything else.

Get to Know Thomas

  • BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    I enjoy meeting, getting to know, and helping clients. People often need lawyers at some of the worst times in their lives. The cases that have meant the most to me were those when I worked with and fought for clients who were being bullied and treated unfairly.

  • WHAT OBSCURE TOPIC COULD YOU TALK ABOUT FOR HOURS?

    Ancient Roman history.

  • FAVORITE QUOTE:

    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” –Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • KARAOKE SONG:

    “Under Pressure,” -Queen with David Bowie

  • FAVORITE SHOW TO BINGE WATCH:

    This is a toss-up between “Suits,” “The Practice,” and “Newsradio.”

The Facts

EDUCATION
  • Creighton University, College of Business Administration, M.B.A. (2012)
  • Creighton University, School of Law, M.S., Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (2009)
  • Creighton University, School of Law, J.D. (2007)
  • Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska, B.A. in Liberal Arts (2004)
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • United States Supreme Court (2017)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2007)
  • State and Federal Courts, Nebraska (2007)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Nebraska State Bar Association (2007-present)

National Employment Law Association (2022-present)

Suburban Rotary of Omaha (2013-present)

PUBLISHED CASES
  • Travelers Indem. Co. v. Wamsley (In re Estate of Evertson), 295 Neb. 301, 889 N.W.2d 73 (Neb. 2016).
  • Theresa Malone, individually and as a derivative action on behalf of Blue Valley Foods, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Douglas Kantner, et al., (D. Neb. 2015).
  • Harris v. O’Connor, 287 Neb. 182, 842 N.W.2d 50 (Neb. 2014)
  • Krumwiede v. Metropolitan Utilities District, No. A-06-753 (Neb. App. 2007).
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2020)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2018-2019)
  • AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell (2012-present)
CLASSES AND SEMINARS TAUGHT
  • Business Law; Legal Environment of Business; Negotiation; and Mock Trial (Creighton University)
  • Litigation; Negotiation (National Attorneys General)
CIVIC ACTIVITIES
  • Keep Omaha Beautiful, Board of Directors (2017-present)
  • Knights of Columbus (2014-present)
  • Suburban Rotary of Omaha (2012-present)
  • Delta Sigma Pi (2000-present)

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