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Joel Carney

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Licensed in Nebraska and Iowa

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Attorney in Iowa and Nebraska

The Litigator and The Peacemaker

Joel is a litigation attorney with a wide range of experience in all realms of the dispute process. Joel has over 20 years of experience practicing in both Nebraska and Iowa, with a wide practical experience in multiples areas of law including, insurance law, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and litigation. In his career, he has represented financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, small and large businesses. He frequently represents individuals and companies dealing with creditor rights issues, bankruptcy representation, personal injury, and property damage litigation, wrongful death, subrogation, and product liability issues. Joel works closely with clients to achieve their litigation goals and helps them navigate and create strategies for every aspect of the dispute process.

Joel was born in Omaha and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Practicing law runs in the Carney family as his grandmother was the first female magistrate judge in the State of Nebraska in Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska. His father was also an attorney licensed for over 40 years in Scottsbluff. Joel attended law school at Creighton University in Omaha, where he first met Jeana Goosmann, the firm’s CEO and Managing Partner. During this time, Joel and Jeana worked closely as part of the Iowa and Nebraska Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. After law school Joel gained vast experience as a private practice attorney. 17 years later, Jeana recruited Joel to become Managing Partner of the firm’s Omaha office – and the rest is history!

“I love my job because every case in litigation is unique and challenging. I pride myself in getting solid results for my clients and keeping them involved every step of the way,” Joel says.

Joel is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Iowa Bar Association and has held multiple leadership positions in the Nebraska Bar Association for decades. Joel is a Panel Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

LICENSED IN: Nebraska and Iowa

Joel’s “Why”

Joel and his wife Shaini, spend the majority of their free time watching the activities and his children’s sporting events. When Joel is not chasing his children, he enjoys golfing, skiing and traveling. He is an avid sports fan with a love for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Creighton Bluejays, Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Royals.

Bar Admissions 

  • Nebraska
  • Nebraska Bankruptcy
  • Iowa
  • Iowa Bankruptcy
  • Northern District of Iowa
  • Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000
  • University of Nebraska, History, 1995
    • Dean’s List
    • Student-Athlete Advisory Board Member
Previous Employment
  • Larson Kuper Wenninghoff & Carney (2013-2017)
    • Attorney at Law and Partner
      • Civil litigation practice
      • Creditors’ Rights practice
      • Executing long-term goals and objectives that have been established by the partnership
      • Overseeing the hiring and orientation of new staff
      • Providing leadership necessary to keep the firm growing and profitable
  • Walentine O’Toole McQuillan & Gordon (2000-2013)
    • Attorney at Law and Partner
      • Civil Litigation Practice
      • Bankruptcy Practice focusing on Creditor’s Rights
  • Walentine O’Toole McQuillan & Gordon (1998-2000)
    • Senior Law Clerk
      • Performed duties involved in processing court documents, maintaining court schedules and compiling forms and reports necessary for a variety of correspondence.
  • American Bar Association:
    • Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee Member (Present)
    • Lifetime Fellow (2015-Present)
    • House of Delegates (2015-Present)
      • Nebraska Bar Association Delegate
    • Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
      • Council Board Member
    • Law Practice Management Division (LPM)
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Bankruptcy Committee
    • Young Lawyer Division
      • District Representative (2009-2011)
    • State Membership Chairman (2019-Present)
  • Nebraska Bar Association:
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission (January 2018- December 2021)
    • Executive Committee Delegate to House of Delegates (2011-present)
    • Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates District 2 Representative (2006-present)
    • Nebraska Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review Board (April 2013- December 2020)
    • Nebraska Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review Board Vice Chairman (December 2019 – December 2020)
      • UPL Committee (January 2018-Present)
    • Nebraska Supreme Court’s Judicial Resources Committee (2012-present)
    • Legislative Committee (2014-present)
    • Bankruptcy Section
    • Technology Committee
    • Benefits Committee
    • Barrister's Ball Sponsor
    • Chairman of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates (October 2013- October 2014)
    • Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Board Member (October 2010-October 2014)
    • Lawyer’s Advisory Committee Member for District 2 appointed by Nebraska Supreme Court (January 2022 – Present)
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Lifetime Fellow
  • Nebraska Judicial Branch Nominating Commission
    • Attorney Member
  • National Caucus of State Bar Associations
    • Chairman (August 2018-August 2019)


  • Martindale AV-Rate Preeminent Attorney of Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • American Bar Association Lifetime Fellow (2015)
  • American Arbitration Association Panel Arbitrator (October 2018 - Present)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Foundation Fellow (2020 – present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2021-2024)

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  • Provided multiple educational seminars and presentations on various technology issues related to the practice of law and bankruptcy issues related to creditor’s rights
Community Involvement
  • Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church 
    • Member of Staff Parish Relations Committee (December 2020-Present)
  • Past member of:
    • Board of Trustees
    • Finance Committee
    • Technology and Outreach