Thomas Freeman

Tom Freeman loves helping his clients. He works with 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, a Master’s Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and a Master of Business Administration, all from Creighton University. He also completed the Data Science Ethics program at the University of Michigan.

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).”


“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 is a frequent speaker at academic and legal conferences on topics like algorithmic bias, data science ethics, networking, business law, and leadership. He 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, American Bankruptcy Institute, and Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute. 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.

Tom 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 was also an award-winning Law Professor at Creighton University for more than 10 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


    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.


    Ancient Roman history.


    “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.


    “Under Pressure,” -Queen with David Bowie


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

The Facts

  • University of Michigan, Data Science Ethics Program
  • Creighton University, College of Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Creighton University, School of Law, M.S., Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Creighton University, School of Law, J.D.
  • Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska, B.A. in Liberal Arts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State and Federal Courts, Nebraska

Nebraska State Bar Association (2007-present)

National Employment Law Association (2022-present); Elected to the Eighth Circuit Board (2023-present)

Suburban Rotary of Omaha (2013-present)

  • 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).
  • Leading with Faith Award, Catholic Business Group-Omaha (2024)
  • Cahill Award for Excellence, Creighton University (2022)
  • 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)

AI, Ethics, and the Practice of Law, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2024

Emerging Bankruptcy Issues; AI as a Tool for Lawyers, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, 2024

Algorithmic Bias and Employment Law, Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, 2024.

AI as a New Tool, Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2024.

AI and the Law, Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, 2023.

The Civil Rights Challenges Posed by Algorithmic Bias, Nebraska Diversity Summit, 2023.

A Lawyer’s Guide to Dealing with Automated Processes and AI, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2023.

The Civil Rights Challenges Posed by Algorithmic Bias, Iowa State Bar Association, 2022.

Legal Considerations of Algorithmic Decision Making, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2022.

Pitfalls of Using Algorithms in Hiring Decisions, Iowa State Bar Association 2022

They’re Harvesting Your Information, a conversation about privacy, data science ethics, and how people can protect themselves, Pat & JT Podcast, 2022.

The Promises and Perils of Algorithmic Decision Making, Omaha West Rotary, 2022.

Reckoning with Robots: Understanding the Impacts of Algorithmic Decision Making, Suburban Rotary of Omaha, 2022.

LinkedIn, Networking, and Building a Personal Brand; University of Rhode Island, 2022.

Algorithmic Discrimination: How Algorithms Affect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts; Jacksonville State University, 2021.

Algorithmic Discrimination: How Algorithms Affect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts; University of Nevada-Reno, 2021.

The Human Lawyer Podcast with Kevin Pratt; discussing legal technology, data science ethics, and algorithmic bias, 2021.

Coded Bias: Film Screening and Discussion, Invited Panelist, Nebraska Educational Television (NET), March 2021.

Billable Hours, Legal Tech & Law School, Podcast, The GoodLawyer Show, March 2021.

Effective Negotiations: Patience, Persuasion, and a Positive Outcome, Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Self-Defense for County Officials Conference, October 2019.

Public Sector Hot Topics: What’s Here Now and on the Horizon, Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Self-Defense for County Officials Conference, October 2019.

The Psychology of Fraud: Understanding the Human Element, Eastern Nebraska Anti-Fraud Association, August 2019.

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion: Maximizing an Organization’s Potential, Board of Directors of Keep Omaha Beautiful, September 2018.

Fiduciary Duties for Nonprofit Directors and Officers; Best Practices for Building an Excellent Organization, Nebraska Society of Association Executives, March 2018.

Fiduciary Responsibilities for Nonprofit Directors and Officers: How to Do Good Without Getting in Trouble, Nebraska Rural Electric Association, November 2017.

Targeting Nebraskans for False Financial Gain, Omaha Southwest Kiwanis, June 2017.

Investigative Techniques, State of Nebraska, Auditor of Public Accounts, All Staff Training, April 2017.


Thomas J. Freeman, Aaron McKain, Amy Parrish, and Christopher Chochon, The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining, Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y, Vol. 21, Issue 1 (2023).

Freeman, Thomas J, McKain, Aaron, Lampe, Margo, with Creighton students Juday, Hannah, and Bleichrodt, Molly, Advising Companies on Data Collection and the Use of Automated Decision Making, Nebraska Lawyer, May/June 2023.

Freeman, Thomas J., McKain, Aaron, Hall, Samson, with Creighton students Masi, Joseph, Mandolfo, Matthew, Britto, Madeleine, Bartz, Michael, Harper, William, Karsky, Kylie, Compton, Meagan, and Atamov, Emily, A Legal Guide to Digital Ethics Issues for Attorneys, The Law, International Journal, Spring 2023.

Freeman, Thomas J, McKain, Aaron, Hall, Samson, with Creighton students Joseph Masi, Michael Bartz, William Harper, Kylie Karsky, Madeleine Britto, C.J. Braccia, Emily Atamov, Ava Verzani, and Clare Hart, Principles of Digital Law and Ethics, CPI TechREG Chronicle, Special Issue on Machine Learning, Feb 2023.

Freeman, Thomas J, McKain, Aaron, and Hall, Samson, with Creighton students Joseph Masi, Matthew Mandolfo, Madeleine Britto, Michael Bartz, William Harper, Kylie Karsky, Meagan Compton, Emily Atamov, the Creighton Business Law Research Forum, and the Institute for Digital Humanity, A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics, Neb. Law. Sept/Oct 2022.

Freeman, Thomas J., Dealing with Algorithmic Injustice, The Law; International Journal, July 2022.

Thomas J. Freeman, Aaron McKain & Destynie J.L. Sewell, Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation, 11 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 609 (2020).

Freeman, Thomas J., McKain, Aaron, and Hall, Samson, The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decison-Making, Neb. Law., May/June 2020, at 25.

Freeman, Thomas J. and McKain, Aaron, As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys, Neb. Law., July/August 2019, at 9.

Freeman, Thomas J., Civil Asset Forfeiture: How a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will change the rules, Interchange Magazine (March/April 2019)

Peterson, Douglas J. and Freeman, Thomas J., Report on Investigation of Goodwill Omaha (June 2018)

Freeman, Thomas J., Best Practices for a Nonprofit Organization (June 2018)

Freeman, Thomas J., Protecting Our Seniors: Emerging Issues in Elder Law and Resources for Prevention and Reporting Neb. Law., May/June 2018, at 17.

  • Keep Omaha Beautiful,
    • Stewardship Council (2023-present)
    • Board of Directors (2017-2023)
  • Knights of Columbus (2014-present)
  • Suburban Rotary of Omaha (2012-present)
  • Delta Sigma Pi (2000-present)
Areas of Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Whistleblower Retaliation
  • Civil Rights
  • Algorithmic Bias Consulting


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