James S. Pieper has over 30 years of experience at the intersection of law, politics, public policy, business and finance. Jim specializes in complex statutory, administrative, constitutional, political and financial issues requiring research and analysis, as well as the representation of nonprofits.
For nearly 12 years, he served as legal counsel to either the Speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature or the Chair of the Judiciary Committee. There, he played a key role in drafting and analyzing major legislation that revised Nebraska's tax structure, updated economic development incentives, implemented community corrections, addressed complex urban education equity concerns, as well as many other issues. He gained extensive experience in reviewing, analyzing and summarizing legislation, drafting of bills and amendments, preparation of supporting materials, and processing bills through committee. He became familiar with legislative rules, floor procedure and the provisions of the Nebraska Constitution.
During that same period, and subsequent thereto, he has worked in private legal practice on corporate and public-private transactions, representation of nonprofit entities and research and analysis of statutory, administrative and constitutional issues. His experience includes major financing and development transactions, analysis and preparation of policies for churches, private schools and other nonprofits, and a variety of administrative and governmental matters.
Nonprofit Corporations & Foundations
Administrative & Governmental Law
Duke University Graduate School, Ph.D. (1999)
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1986)
University of Virginia, B.A. with high distinction (1983)