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Jill Robb Ackerman represents individuals and businesses in complex business litigation in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings, corporate disputes, negligence actions, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, technology and Title IX.  She is a speaker on the protection of the attorney-client privilege, cyber security, electronic discovery,  the protection of trademarks and trade secrets and Title IX.

Jill is listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers (Top List), Benchmark Litigation, and in Chambers USA for her work in intellectual property litigation and business litigation. She has been recognized on the Top 10 Super Lawyers List in 2012-2013, and 2016-2019. She has been recognized in the Top 250 Women in Litigation (© Benchmark Litigation). Since 2003, Jill has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Jill was selected as Best Lawyers’ Omaha Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020. She was also named Best Lawyers’ Omaha Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year in 2013, 2015, 2022, and 2023.

In 2012, Jill was appointed by Governor Dave Heineman as a Commissioner for the Commission on Uniform State Laws and served for two years. In addition, she served as President of the Nebraska State Bar Association, is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Executive Council and is a former member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She also chaired its Judiciary Committee for two years. Jill is a member of the American Bar Association, its Litigation Section, Committee on Intellectual Property Litigation, and Business Law Section. She is the former Chairperson of the Federal Practice Committee, and has served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Eighth Circuit. Additionally, Jill is a Fellow of the Nebraska Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation. She is also a charter member of the Robert Spire Inn of Court and taught Trial Advocacy at Creighton University School of Law.

Jill served as law clerk to the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska from 1984 through 1986.


  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1984
  • Northern Arizona University, B.S., Education, magna cum laude, 1976

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Past President of the Nebraska Bar Association
  • Former NSBA Executive Council Representative for the Second Supreme Court District and current member of the NSBA Executive Council
  • American Bar Association
  • 2006 Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chair
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow American Bar Association Foundation
  • Robert Spire Inn of Court, Former Member
  • Creighton Law School Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • Former Nebraska Commissioner for the Commission on Uniform State Laws
  • Former Treasurer, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, USLAW

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1998
  • Iowa, 1997
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
  • United States Supreme Court, 1992
  • Nebraska, 1984
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1984

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Representing schools in breach of duty, Title IX and Constitutional actions
  • Representing clients in breach of contract cases concerning technology matters
  • Representing clients in data breach disputes
  • Obtaining dismissal of federal antitrust case
  • Representing clients in construction disputes
  • Representing clients in professional liability cases
  • Representing numerous clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, consumer fraud cases, deceptive trade practice, and breach of warranty claims
  • Representing four school districts and multiple individuals in civil rights case to provide a quality education to low income, minority and non-English speaking students, which led to restructuring of Nebraska school finance laws
  • Representing companies in conducting internal investigations of alleged breaches of duty
  • Successfully defending companies in class actions by obtaining court orders denying certification of classes
  • Obtaining summary judgment on statute of repose in toxic tort case
  • Representing clients in product cases concerning fork lifts, acetone, and windows
  • Representing environmental product manufacturer in international arbitration to terminate distributor in Thailand
  • Representing multiple claimants in securities arbitration

Selected Recent Publications

  • “Health, the Vitality to Live Well,”  The Nebraska Lawyers President’s Page, Summer 2020
  • “An Audit Roadmap: Navigating the Challenges on the IP Super Highway.” USLAW Magazine, Spring-Summer 2014
  • “From the Perspective of the Corporate 30(b)(6) Witness.” USLAW Magazine, Spring-Summer 2012
  • “20 Ways to Protect the Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privileges when Working with Experts.” The Practical Litigator, ALI-ABA, March 2010
  • “Chapter 1 – School Finance Litigation in Nebraska, Nebraska Coalition for Educational Equity and Adequacy v. Heineman,” A Quality Education for Every Child: Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Lines, Co-Authored with Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda, 2009
  • “Practical Steps to Protect the Attorney–Client Privilege and the Work–Product Privilege While Working With Experts,” Intellectual Property Litigation, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2008 (ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation 2008)
  • “Implementing an Effective Litigation Hold Directive,” Benchmark – The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. The Institutional Investor, 2008
  • “Implementing A Litigation Hold as Part of A Document Retention Plan Applicable to Electronic Information,” School Law Practice: E Discovery, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2007

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Biometric Law Update,” 2021 Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum
  • “Public Employer Liability for the Actions of Third-Party Actors,” April 2021, Nebraska Counsel of School Attorneys
  • “Should You Consider a Document Hold as Part of you Instant Response Plan?” 2018 Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum
  • “When the Chickens Comes Home to Roost – Risk Management and Claims Handling,” USLAW Fall Conference, Carlsbad, CA, September 2017
  • “My Data: E-Discovery Issues Learning from the Past: How Legacy Cases Could Have Been Handled Differently with New Technologies and Approaches,” USLAW Fall Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, September 2016
  • “Cyber Breach Lawsuits are Big Business,” 2016 Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum
  • “Saving Your Reputation in the Court as Public Opinion,” 2015 Baird Holm Technology and Data Protection Forum
  • “Navigating the Stormy Waters of Cyber-Risk: Do Not Be Afraid,” USLAW Fall Conference, San Francisco, CA, September 2015
  • “Ethical Responsibility and Legal Liability of Lawyers for Failure to Institute or Monitor a Document Hold,” USLAW Fall Conference, San Francisco, CA, September 2015
  • “Strategies for Successful Litigation Contract Cases,” USLAW Fall Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2012
  • “Cyber Security Best Practices,” USLAW Corporate Counsel Exchange, Dallas, February 2014
  • “Strategies for Litigating Contract Cases,” USLAW Fall Conference, Washington D.C., October 2012
  • “Vendor Non-Performance: What to Do before you throw the Vendor Out,” Baird Holm Technology and Intellectual Property Forum, October 2012
  • “Understanding the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” NATA Seminar: Winning Trial Strategies, October 2011
  • “For Sale: Search Engine Keywords and ‘Used’ Digital Books,” USLAW Fall Conference, Chicago, September 2011
  • “Legal Issues of Surveillance and Monitoring,” Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators, July 2011
  • “Copyright and Trademark Law,” Law Review CLE, May 2011
  • “The Cyber World and the Role of School District HR Administration,” Missouri Valley Conference, December 2010
  • “The Reality of the New E-Discovery Rules and HIM,” Nebraska Health Information Management Association, September 2010
  • “Top Twenty Ways to Protect the Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product When Working with Experts,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting Panel, August 2009 
  • “An In-Depth Primer on Computer Forensics and Electronically Stored Evidence,” Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 2008
  • “From File to Trial – The Extreme Sport of E-Discovery,” Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 2008
  • “Building on Success,” 7th Annual Quality Education Conference; National Access Network, Teachers College-Columbia University, June 2007
  • “Hot Topics in Cyberlaw,” co-speaker with Jim O’Connor; Nebraska State Bar Association Technology Seminar and Exposition, May 2004

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