John W. Ballew, Jr.
John began private practice in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where he became partner in the firm of Simmons, Olsen, Ediger, Selzer & Ballew P.C. In 1991, John moved back to Lincoln and became associated with Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt. In 1995, John and M.J. Bruckner formed The Bruckner/Ballew Law Firm, P.C. before he and Vic Covalt decided to form this firm in 1999.
Over the past thirty years, John has concentrated his trial practice in the areas of personal injury along with complex and high asset divorce cases. He is one of only eleven Nebraska lawyers admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is one of only two lawyers in Nebraska who is both a Fellow in the AAML and Board Certified as a Family Law Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. John has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© consecutively since 2001 for Family Law. He received the Best Lawyers® Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lincoln for 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2021. In 2007, he was recognized by SuperLawyers.com as one of the top lawyers in Nebraska.
John coached two championship high school mock trial teams while in Scottsbluff. He also received the first Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award given by the Nebraska Bar Association in 1986 for his efforts in representing low-income clients. He has chaired both the Family Law and Bankruptcy Sections of the Nebraska Bar Association and has been a frequent presenter at a variety of seminars and continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges. On three occasions his work with state senators has resulted in significant changes to Nebraska law in the areas of divorce practice and bankruptcy.
John has appeared before the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals more than 40 times in connection with appeals in the areas of divorce and family law, products liability, property taxation and personal injury.
In his spare time, John enjoys scuba diving, as well as singing and playing guitar in his band The Wheezetones.
- 90% Family Law – Trial and Appellate Practice
- 10% Personal Injury
- The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021 – Present
- Best Lawyers® Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lincoln, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2021
- Recipient, Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award, 1985
- Avoiding Malpractice and Ethical Complaints in Divorce, Nebraska Lawyer-The Nebraska Bar Association, September, 2005
- Contributor, Nebraska Divorce Practice Manual, 1993
- Reed v. Reed, 275 Neb. 418, 747 NW2d 18 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 2008)
- Camp v. Camp, 14 Neb. App. 473, 709 NW2d 696 (Neb. Ct. of Appeals 2006)
- Kay v. Ludwig, 12 Neb. App.868, 686 NW 2d 619 (Neb. Ct. of Appeals. 2004)
- Peter v. Peter, 262 Neb. 1017, 637 NW2d 865 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 2002)
- Day v. Heller, 10 Neb. App. 886, 639, NW 2d 158 (Neb. Ct. of Appeals 2002)
- Day v. Heller, 264 Neb. 934, 653 NW 2d 475 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 2002)
- Kellner v. Kellner, 8 Neb. App. 316, 593 NW2d 1 (Neb. Ct. of Appeals 1999)
- Winslow v. Hammer, 247 Neb. 418, 527 NW2d 631 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 1995)
- Ainsle v. Ainsle, 4 Neb. App. 70, 538 NW2d 175 (Neb. Ct. of Appeals 1995)
- Nebraska Annual Conference of the Unite Methodist Church v. Scottsbluff County Board of Equalization, 243 Neb. 412, 499 N.W. 2d 543 (Nebraska Supreme Court 1993)
- Marez v. Marez, 27 Neb. 615, 350 NW2d 531 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 1984)
- Nerud v. Haybuster Mfg, Inc., 215 Neb. 604, 340 NW2d 369 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 1983)
- J.M. v. Hobbs, 288 Neb. 546, 849 N.W.2d 480 (Supreme Court of Nebraska 2014)
- American Bar Association
- Nebraska State Bar Association
- Lincoln Bar Association
- Nebraska State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairman, 1987 – 1990
- 2017 NSBA Family Law Seminar “Top 10 Tax Tips for 2017”
- 2013 NSBA Family Law Seminar “Thinking Outside the Box: Ideas for Dealing with Difficult Issues and Problem Cases
- Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law, 2006 – 2009
- Advanced Issues in Divorce, Ballew/Slowiaczek Law Firms, 2004 – 2005
- Economic Issues in Family Law, Nebr. State Bar Association, 1995
- Bankruptcy & Divorce, Nebraska State Bar Association, 1992
- Evidentiary Problems in Divorce & Child Custody Litigation, Nebraska State Bar Association, 1991
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Family Law Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
- Nebraska, 1979
- U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1979
- U.S. Federal Court, 1979
- University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
- J.D. – 1978
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
- B.S. – 1975
- Honors: With Distinction
- Major: Business Administration