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Hannes D. Zetzsche counsels clients on agricultural, energy, environmental, and natural-resources legal matters. He represents clients in large-scale transactions to develop, finance, acquire, lease, and sell land and natural resources. He has experience dealing with general real-estate matters, environmental liability, and an array of natural resources, including carbon sequestration, mineral rights, renewable energy, water rights, and wetlands. He also assists clients with hemp and liquor regulatory issues.

After attending college at the University of Portland, Hannes managed a 1,500-acre hay farm in central Oregon. He then moved to Nebraska to attend law school. At the University of Nebraska College of Law, Hannes earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in five subjects (administrative law, civil clinic, environmental law, Native American law, and water law) and was named the Civil Clinic Student of the Year. He helped to lead the law school’s environmental and equal-justice societies, served as a junior staff editor on the University of Denver Water Law Review, and was recognized by the Nebraska State Bar Association as an outstanding advocate.

Before joining the firm, Hannes worked as a judicial clerk to the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Hon. Michael G. Heavican.


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, concentrations in real estate and water law, 2020
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, visiting student with emphasis in natural resources law, 2019
  • University of Portland, B.A., cum laude, rhetoric and German, 2016

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Cannabis Law and Policy Committee of the ABA
  • Elks Lodge Number 80
  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law
  • Lincoln Bar Association
  • Lincoln Young Professionals Group
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division of the ABA

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Oregon, 2022
  • Colorado, 2022
  • Iowa, 2022
  • Nebraska, 2020
  • US District Court, District of Nebraska, 2020

Selected Recent Publications

  • Severance: Ownership of Land and the Right to Withdraw Groundwater in Nebraska, 23 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. (2020)
  • 50-State Survey: Landowner Liability for Pesticide Drift, National Agricultural Law Center (2019) (coauthored with Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)
  • Engineering a Water Case and Ethical Considerations, 22 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 847 (2019)
  • Not All Agua is Caliente: Proposing the Winters Groundwater Test, 98 Neb. L. Rev. 220 (2019)

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