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John S. Zeilinger primarily represents banks and bank holding companies in a multistate area in purchase, sale and merger transactions, state and federal regulatory approvals and compliance, charter approvals and conversions, negotiating enforcement orders, capital raising and securities law compliance.

John is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, which he has served as a member of the House of Delegates, and as Chairman of its Committees on Specialization, Nebraska Securities Law, and Ways, Means and Planning. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and its Corporate Counsel Section and the Omaha Bar Association. He has served on the Lawyers Council of The Bankers Roundtable, Washington, D.C., and its predecessor, the Association of Bank Holding Companies. Since 1993, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers and Great Plains Super Lawyers. John has also been listed in Chambers USA.

John has presented at or chaired programs held by BankDirector, Baird Holm LLP, the University of Nebraska College of Law, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance, NCLE, Inc., and the Community Banking Institute.


  • New York University School of Law, LL.B., 1967
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln, A.B., 1964

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association and its Corporate Counsel Section
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Iowa, 1994
  • Nebraska, 1967

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Counseling boards of directors, audit and special committees on corporate governance matters and liability issues.
  • CEBA credit card bank charters.
  • Branch purchase and sale transactions.
  • Contested hearings before various state banking authorities.
  • Failed bank acquisitions.
  • Reverse stock splits to qualify for S corporation taxation election or avoid SEC registration.
  • Securities law aspects of ESOPs, stock options and other employee stock plans.
  • Representing borrowers and lenders on bank stock loans and subordinated capital notes.

1700 Farnam Street | Suite 1500 | Omaha, NE 68102 | 402.344.0500