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Thomas H. Dahlk

Of Counsel

As a trial lawyer who focuses on cases involving complex business transactions, Thomas has successfully obtained verdicts for clients in federal and state court and provided litigation strategy and multidistrict litigation management for clients in the securities industry.

Thomas’ cases have ranged from “bet-the-company” civil cases involving complex legal theories to obtaining an acquittal in a bank fraud criminal case. He has obtained dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claims on behalf of defendants and has extensive experience in securities litigation and shareholder disputes.

Thomas has tried more than 30 jury trials and more than 100 bench trials and arbitrations. He is rated in the top tier of business litigators in Chambers USA.
Community Involvement
  • Omaha Symphony (governing member, 2005-2011)
  • United Way Tocqueville Society (Recruitment Committee, 2008-2011)
  • Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory School (Board of Trustees, 1998-2007)

  • Obtained jury verdict in stock option case for Fortune 1000 corporation.
  • Obtained jury verdict for employer in covenant not to compete case and successfully handled preliminary injunction hearings in federal and state court in unfair competition cases.
  • Obtained jury verdict of acquittal for bank president in federal criminal bank fraud case.
  • Obtained summary judgment for helicopter operator in third-party action that ultimately settled for $18.2 million.
  • Significant participation in securities cases consolidated for pretrial discovery by the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation.
  • Achieved $4.2 million settlement for heir in estate litigation.
  • Achieved successful settlement in a four-year litigation challenging a gift to a national charity.
  • Attained successful jury verdict for defendant in defamation case.
  • Obtained jury verdict for plaintiff in breach of fiduciary duty case.

  • Chambers USA®, Leading Litigation: General Commercial Attorney, Nebraska, 2003-2021 (Band 1)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2008-2018
  • The Best Lawyers In America®, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Securities, 2003-2023; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities, 2024
  • Super Lawyers®, Great Plains, Business Litigation, 2007-2024
  • The Best Lawyers In America®, Omaha Litigation – Securities "Lawyer of the Year," 2013 and 2021, 2024
  • Lawdragon, 100 Lawyers You Need To Know in Securities Litigation, 2008
  • Lawdragon, 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2007