George E. Martin III practices employment and workers’ compensation litigation, governmental litigation and relations, general civil litigation, and provides human resources training and counseling.
The core of his practice consists of representing employers facing legal challenges filed by employees. Specifically, George defends public and private employers facing administrative charges and lawsuits filed by employees alleging discrimination, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and workplace injuries. His broad experience enables him to defend employers facing multiple, diverse claims simultaneously filed by a single employee.
George has also successfully represented a number of the state’s public corporations, county governments, and municipalities against a variety of unique legal challenges, including First and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuits, taxpayer standing challenges, writs of mandamus, and claims premised upon federal and state statutes. He proactively advises public entities on intergovernmental relations, regulatory compliance, and statutory interpretation.
George’s litigation background enables him to assess the legal exposure created by workplace policies and procedures. He frequently speaks on employment-related issues to employers, trade groups, and professional organizations.
Since 2019, George has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers In America© for Labor and Employment Litigation and Employment Law Management. He is also included in Great Plains Super Lawyers in the practice area of Labor and Employment.
While attending law school, George served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Jeffre Cheuvront of Nebraska’s Lancaster County District Court.
- University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1999
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.A., 1996
Professional & Civic Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Nebraska State Bar Association
- Omaha Bar Association
- Nebraska State Bar Association, Labor, Employment and Workers’ Compensation Section
- Omaha Metropolitan Community College Foundation, 2005—2011
Bar & Court Admissions
- Nebraska, 1999
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2000
- U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1999
Selected Practice Highlights
- Securing the pretrial dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Nebraska taxpayers who alleged that several public entities spent tax revenues in violation of federal law
- Defending a rural Nebraska county’s board of trustees in a lawsuit over whether the board unlawfully refuted to approve an elected official’s proposed budget. The Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision in the case led to the Legislature’s reformation of the state’s county budgeting laws in 2011
- Securing the pretrial dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a former public employee who alleged disability discrimination and violations of his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights
- Successfully defending a Fortune 50 company in a federal civil trial over whether it maintained a faulty public entryway
- Prevailing in many trials before Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court involving high-exposure claims for workers’ compensation benefits, saving clients millions of dollars in benefits
- Securing the pretrial dismissal of many state and federal discrimination lawsuits, saving clients significant attorneys’ fees and court costs
- Arguing appeals concerning a broad variety of legal issues before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Nebraska Appeals Court, and the Nebraska Supreme Court
- Obtaining “no reasonable cause” determinations in dozens of administrative charges of discrimination across the United States
- Successfully representing businesses in multiple trials before federal, state, and workers’ compensation courts