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Thomas J. Shomaker

Thomas Shomaker HeadshotOmaha, Nebraska
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Admitted   to Nebraska   Bar   1974,   Iowa   Bar  2007.   Education:    Creighton   University    and  University of Minnesota   (B.A.     1969);  Creighton   University     (J.D.  December,    1973).

Before  attending   law  school,    Mr.   Shomaker   was  a teacher   at Creighton    Preparatory   School   in Omaha,  Nebraska    for one year,  conducting   classes  in economics   and  political     science    for high school  juniors   and seniors.

From   1974  to  1977, he was associated    with  a general   firm  practicing    in all areas  of law,  ultimately concentrating    on civil  litigation.     From   l 977to    1979, he worked   at the  Douglas  County   Attorney’s Office  as a Deputy  County   Attorney   on  the Felony   Trial  Staff, first-chairing    20jury   trials   involving murder,   arson,   robbery,   burglary   and sexual   assault.

From   1979 to the present,   Mr.  Shomaker   has been  associated   with  the  Sodoro  firm exclusively defending   doctors  and  hospitals   in medical   malpractice    cases  and  healthcare   related   lawsuits.   He has a special   emphasis   on obstetrical    malpractice    cases  and  for the  last  30 years  has represented hundreds   of doctors  and  hospitals   in litigation    resulting    in dismissals,    mediations,     settlements,    and has received   over   I 00 jury   verdicts   in  his career.   Most jury  trials   have  lasted   from  1    to 3 weeks  in court.He has  tried  to conclusion    –  and won   – numerous   cases  involving    brain  damaged   children    with severe  neurological     outcomes,   usually    involving     cerebral  palsy,   and  his physician   clients    have prevailed   in a large  number   of death  claims.Mr.  Shomaker   has  personally    argued  cases  on appeal   in  the  Iowa  Court  of Appeals,  the  Iowa Supreme    Court,   the Nebraska   Court   of Appeals,   the Nebraska    Supreme  Court,  and  the  Eighth Circuit  Court  of Appeals.    Several   of these  appellate   matters  have  resulted   in  significant   legal decisions    which    have  become  bedrock   concepts   in Nebraska  jurisprudence:

  • In the case of Hanzlik  v. Paustian,   216   Neb.   575,  344  N. W.2d  649;  211    Neb. 322,  318
  1. N. W .2d 712,  a matter  which  went to the Supreme  Court  of Nebraska  twice  and ultimately   was preliminarily   taken to the Supreme  Court  of the United   States,  the concept  of the quantum  of summary  judgment  evidence   required    has  set a standard which  is used in all summary  judgment   pleadings    in  the State of Nebrask
  • The case of Brewington  v.  Ricard,  235 Neb.   8431457     N.W.2d    814,  defined  concepts regarding    the Nebraska  Hospital-Medical      Liability    Act,  the principal    legislation    which governs  the  vast majority   of malpractice    cases  in  the State of Nebraska.
  • Alegent  Health  Bergan  Mercy  Medical   Center,   et al,  Appellees,   v.  Robert  Haworth,   Jr., Special   Administrator   of the Estate of Robert  Wayne  Haworth,   Sr.,  deceased,

Mr.  Shomaker   is  a frequent   lecturer   on the  subject  of malpractice     in   general   and obstetrical malpractice    in particular.     For  years  he  has  participated    in  the  teaching   of these  subjects  to  family practice  residents    of the University     of Nebraska   Medical    Center,   and on a semester   by semester basis   has  conducted    lectures   to the  Nebraska   College    of    ursing   students  on  the  subject  of  malpractice.    He has  participated    in the  Creighton    Law  School   Student-Client    Counseling Competitions,    Client   Negotiating    Tournaments,    and  Appellate   and  Moot  Court  Competitions     for the  last  several  decades.

Mr.  Shomaker  has been  inducted  in The American  College  of Trial   Lawyers,  an organization   limited  to I%  of the lawyer  population    of any state.

Mr.  Shomaker  is  an  “AV”  rated lawyer  by Martindale   Hubbell  and is  a lifetime   fellow  of the Nebraska State  Bar Association,    an  honorary  position,   and has been asked  to participate   in  other  national   honorary legal  organizations.     He is  a member  of the Nebraska   State Bar and  the Iowa  State Bar.

For the past several   years,  he has continuously    maintained  cases  with the Volunteer   Lawyer’s   Project,  a pro bono organization   which  provides  no-cost  legal  services  to low  income  members  of the community, and has participated   in the Memorial,  Courts,  and Medical-Legal    Committees    of the Omaha  Bar Association   for over 35 years.   He is  a member  of the National   Arbitration  Forum,   selected   as mediator• arbitrator.

Recently,   Mr.  Shomaker  has been voted  by his peers to serve on the  Judicial   Nominating   Commission    to assist  in filling  the District   Court  vacancies   for the Nebraska   Fourth  Judicial  District.

Mr.  Shomaker’s    community   involvement     includes   leading  roles   in  a number   of musical  productions at the  Omaha  Community    Playhouse   since   1978,    as well  as participating      in  other  musical    shows, and  singing  in weddings,    funerals  and  other  functions  for 40 years.   He is a semi-  annual   volunteer for Habitat  for  Humanity,   and  since   1985,    has  read  a weekly  program   “For  Your  Information”      at Radio  Talking   Book,   a service   for the  visually    impaired   in the  Omaha   and out  state  areas.  He has conducted   a solo   music   ministry   at  St. Margaret   Mary’s  Church   since  the mid-1970s.

Mr.   Shomaker   has  3  grown  children,    6 grandchildren,     and  for 33  years  has  been married  to  Lori Ecklebe.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice Claims Defense
Health Care
Bar Admissions:
Nebraska, 1974
Iowa, 2007
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1973 J.D.
University of Minnesota, 1969  B.A.

Classes/Seminars Taught:
        “Medical Malpractice in Nebraska”

Honors and Awards:
Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Association
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American    College  of Trial  Lawyers Lifetime
Fellow  Nebraska  State  Bar Association Omaha
Bar Association     Member
National  Arbitration   Forum  Member
Nebraska  State  Bar Association   Member
Omaha  Bar Association   Member,   the Memorial,   Courts
Omaha  Bar Association   Member,   Medical-Legal    Committees
Omaha  Bar Association    Member,   Volunteer   Lawyer’s   Project
Past Employment Positions:
Douglas   County,  Nebraska,    Deputy  County  Attorney,   l 977-1979