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David M. Handley


David M. Handley, JD


Early Legal Career

David M. Handley is a licensed attorney who began practicing law after graduating from Creighton University School of Law in 2002. David has practiced primarily in workers’ compensation and personal injury since 2003. David was an Assistant Attorney General in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office in 2006 before returning to private practice. David has substantial trial experience as well as appellate court experience. He has argued multiple cases at the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court’s Three Judge Panel prior to its dissolution by the legislature, the Nebraska Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. In 2014, David argued and won the seminal case of Charles Rodgers v. Nebraska State Fair, which expanded benefits for injured workers.

Beyond the Law Office

David was raised in Jackson, Michigan. He met his wife Anna performing youth mission work in Honduras. David and Anna were married in 1999 and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2000. They now live on their acreage in Waverly, Nebraska raising their children. When David isn’t working or spending time with family, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and scuba diving.

David has been a Rotarian since 2008 where he serves on numerous committees and on the club’s Board of Directors at Rotary 14 from 2013-15.

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Practice Areas


  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 2002
    • Certificate for concentrated studies in Dispute Resolution
    • Certificate for Criminal Law and Procedure
  • B.S., Rochester College, Rochester Hills, Michigan, 1998
    • Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, Member


  • Nebraska, 2002
  • Iowa, 2013
  • Nebraska Federal Court, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Omaha Bar Association, Member
  • Lincoln Bar Association, Member
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Member

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