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R.J. (Randy) Stevenson is Chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Group. He counsels and represents private and public employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including matters involving workplace safety and health (OSHA) across the United States.

Randy is one of only a handful of labor and employment lawyers in the region who has been elected a Fellow of “The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers,” the premier peer-selected organization of labor and employment lawyers in North America. Admission is by invitation only, following a rigorous screening process.

Since 2003, Randy has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law and Labor Law, and was named that publication’s 2016 and 2020 “Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” for Omaha and its 2017 “Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year.” He has been listed for many years in Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business® (“Band A”), and in Martindale-Hubbell® with an “AV” (the highest) rating. Additionally, Randy is listed as a “Midwest Star” in Benchmark, America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys®.

Randy is a past Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Section and has served on the boards of numerous community, professional, and civic groups. He was also a former Adjunct Faculty member at Creighton University’s School of Law. 

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.S., Business Administration, 1982

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow of The Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Labor Relations and Employment Law section
  • Legal Counsel for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association
  • Legal Counsel for the Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains, and Southwest Iowa
  • Legal Counsel for Heartland Family Service
  • Former board member, Metropolitan Community College Foundation and Westside Community Schools Foundation
  • Former Legal Counsel for the Human Resources Association of the Midlands

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Iowa, 1996
  • Nebraska, 1985

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Successfully representing hundreds of employers in construction, general industry, and agriculture on a national basis regarding OSHA matters, including more than 30 workplace fatality cases. Obtained the complete withdrawal of numerous citations and penalties at both the informal conference stage and in litigation
  • Effectively represented employers in the labor relations area from union organizing to the successful negotiation of operationally-sound collective bargaining agreements
  • Routinely working with employers to avoid litigation by training many supervisors and managers regarding legal compliance and best practices
  • Advising and representing numerous employers on EEO matters against numerous state and federal equal employment agencies
  • Successfully defending against numerous wage and hour and child labor investigations by the DOL’s Wage & Hour Division, including wage and hour compliance audits

Representative Reported Cases

  • Lakes Regional Healthcare and Lakes Regional Healthcare Nurses Assn., 13 HO 8430 (Iowa Pub. Emp. Rel. Bd. 2013)
  • C & L Industries, Inc. v. Kiviranta, 13 Neb. App. 604 (Neb. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc. and United Food & Commercial Workers Local Union 230, 345 NLRB No. 95 (2005)
  • St. Luke’s Health System, Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 222, 340 NLRB No. 139 (2003)
  • Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc. and United Steelworkers of America, AFL–CIO–CLC, 326 NLRB No. 156 (1998)
  • Iowa State Bank of Hamburg v. Trail, 234 Neb. 59, 449 N.W.2d 520 (1989)

Selected Recent Publications

  • “OSHA Inspections: A Survival Guide, ” (co-written with Joseph P. Paranac, Jr.) USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013
  • “Direct Care Workers to Receive Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections, ” Labor & Employment Law Update, November 2013


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