Omaha Litigation Attorney
The Sound Counselor & Aggressive Litigator
Attorney Joseph V. Messineo is a thorough and tough, but fair-minded litigation attorney who works with clients in a wide range of industries to protect their assets and business models from breaches of contracts, claims in litigation and undue regulatory burdens.
Joseph believes a good attorney knows the law, but a great attorney also knows his client’s business goals and the environment in which he does his business. Joseph takes the time to get to know his clients’ goals and businesses so he can anticipate pitfalls and help them be in the best position to avoid legal issues in the first instance, but be ready to assert his client’s rights in court should that become necessary.
Joseph provides advice on how to address potential claims from the outset and how to develop potential claims against other parties. This includes necessary changes in business structures and models, preserving evidence, potentially changing relationships with other parties, addressing provisions of contracts and regulations, contacting opposing parties to demand redress/settlement, and conducting settlement negotiations including formal alternative dispute resolution forums. Should litigation become necessary, Joseph will be your attorney throughout the entire process, from initial claim or defense development through appeal.
When Joseph was an undergraduate student, he took several courses in basic constitutional law and legal philosophy; the topics fascinated him. His initial attraction to law school was intellectual and as he progressed in law school, he was not disappointed by the academic rigor. But he also came to understand that the law is truly about justice. The law provides the basis for a civilized society. Joseph is very proud to be part of the legal profession.
Since becoming a practicing attorney Joseph has had several legal accomplishments. Joseph was Co-counsel for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in the internationally reported on Dakota Access Pipeline case. In this matter he worked closely with counsel for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to challenge the United States Army Corps of Engineer’s decision to grant permits allowing the construction of the pipeline over land and waters sacred to Native American tribes. This included the assertion of rights protected by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He was also an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona in enforcement of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement which settled forty-six states’ claims against Big Tobacco for injuries caused to millions of persons due to smoking.
Joseph’s quick-wittedness and strong background in public speaking make him a natural fit as a litigator—worth it!
LICENSED IN: Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Federal Court of Claims.
Joseph has two kids, Sophia, 16 and Jacob 13. He also has a passion for cooking, before law school he spent many years as a cook in numerous restaurants. Fun fact about Joseph is he was on a t.v. series when he was a kid called Strawberry Square. It was produced by Nebraska Educational Television at the Terry Carpenter Telecommunications Center on UNL’s East Campus in Lincoln. He was in about sixty episodes and worked on the show during nearly all his elementary school years. There are episodes of it available on YouTube.