Judges of the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court

Laureen K. Van Norman, Presiding Judge

Judge Van Norman

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3924, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Evonne Meyers.

Date Appointed: July 6, 1993.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska—Lincoln (BA, social work); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD). Former Legal Counsel to the Nebraska Department of Labor. Nebraska State Bar Association: past Chair of Government Practice Committee; past member, Executive Board of Women and the Law Section; past member, Supreme Court Gender Bias Task Force; current member of the Judicial Branch Education Board and Curriculum Committee; the Supreme Court's Committee on Self-represented Litigants; and the Supreme Court's Technology Committee.

James R. Coe, Judge

Judge Coe

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Eileena Stovall.

Date Appointed: October 7, 1988.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska—Lincoln (BS in Business Administration); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD). Partner of Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, 1974-1988. Member of West Omaha (NE) Rotary Club; President of Dora Bingel Foundation.

J. Michael Fitzgerald, Judge

Judge Fitzgerald

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3924, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Evonne Meyers.

Date Appointed: April 12, 1996.

Biography: Graduate of University of Notre Dame (BS Business Administration); Georgetown University Law Center (JD); Creighton University (Certificate of Completion, Paramedic Training Program). Admitted to practice: Nebraska Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States Tax Court. Employee-associate and stockholder partner: Matthews, Kelly, Cannon, and Carpenter, PC, 1969-1977. Stockholder partner: Carpenter, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1978-1983; Miller, Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1983-1987; Carpenter, Rowen, Fitzgerald, and Coe, PC, 1987-1988; Carpenter, Rowen, and Fitzgerald, PC, 1988-present. Member of Nebraska State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Nebraska Trial Lawyers Association, Omaha Bar Association.

Michael K. High, Judge

Judge High

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3923, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Dawn Jensen.

Date Appointed: January 8, 1998.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska—Lincoln (BS in Agricultural Economics, 1972); MA in Economics, 1986); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD, 1986). Former occupations: farmer and rancher (1972-1982); elected commissioner-Gosper County, Nebraska, Board of Commissioners (1978-1982); private law practice (1986-1998).

John R. Hoffert, Judge

Judge Hoffert

Office Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508.

Telephone: 402-471-3923, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Dawn Jensen.

Date Appointed: October 4, 2001.

Biography: Graduate of Western Illinois University (BA, High Honors, Political Science); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD with Distinction). Associate/Partner: Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP (1980-2001). United States Army (1970-1972). Past member: Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, Board of Directors; Folsom Children's Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Board of Directors; Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys; American Judicature Society and American Trial Lawyers Association.

Thomas E. Stine, Judge

Judge Stine

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Eileena Stovall.

Date Appointed: September 13, 2011.

Biography: Graduate of Wayne State College (BS, 1984); University of South Dakota School of Law (JD, 1987). Former occupations: Private Practice (1987 - 2000); Assistant Attorney General (2000 - 2011); Civil Litigation Bureau Chief, Nebraska Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (2005 - 2011). Member of Nebraska State Bar Association (since 1989), serving on their House of Delegates and Leadership Academy Steering Committee. Serves on the Board of Governors of the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Daniel R. Fridrich, Judge

Judge Fridrich

Office Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam, Omaha NE 68183-0001.

Telephone: 402-595-3900, 800-599-5155.

Judge's Assistant: Eileena Stovall.

Date Appointed: September 18, 2012.

Biography: Graduate of University of Nebraska—Lincoln (BS, 1992); University of Nebraska College of Law (JD, 1996). Former occupations: Served 10 years as Workers' Compensation Senior Counsel with Werner Enterprises, Inc.; attorney with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; associate attorney with Luebs, Leininger, Smith, Busick & Johnson. Member of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Serves as a lecturer and attendee for the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Section Annual Seminar; teaches a Law Day class at Norris Elementary in the Millard Public School District.