James J. Paloucek


Jim Paloucek was born in Ogallala and grew up in Holyoke, Colo., where his dad farmed and his mom took care of the family’s home and four children. After graduating law school in 1989, Jim moved to North Platte, and has been in private legal practice here since. He and his wife have four daughters, all graduates of North Platte High School. Jim specializes in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and insurance dispute cases. Jim is active in professional organizations and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. 


  • Bachelor of Science — Chadron State College, 1986
  • Juris Doctorate — Notre Dame Law School, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

Areas of Practice

  • Personal injury
  • Workers compensation
  • Insurance disputes

Professional & Community Activities

  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys: Current board member, past president, secretary and treasurer
  • Lincoln County Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Eleventh District, District and County Courts: June 1995 to January 1999; March 2007 to January 2015
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court: May 2003 to January 2007
  • North Platte Public School Board: January 2005 to January 2013, president of the Board January 2009 to January 2013
  • Extensive state-wide experience in professional speaking and writing on civil litigation subjects
  • Regular Guest Columnist for the North Platte Telegraph: June 2014 to the present