John W. Herdzina joined AKC Law in 1972. He is a member of the business department.
In his corporate practice, John advises clients in connection with franchise law. He works with presale registration and disclosure laws, federal regulations, state by state registration, disclosure obligations, and content. He regularly counsels franchisors and franchisees on franchise relationship laws to help resolve problems and avoid disputes. He also counsels clients in the organization of business entities and drafting of organizational and governmental documents.
For 15 years, John was the City Attorney for the city of Bellevue, Nebraska. During this time, he gained invaluable experience in all facets of municipal law and administrative law, including employment and political issues, as well as land use and planning. He has developed a solid understanding of Nebraska laws relating to claims against cities and political subdivisions and has assisted clients with claims before various public bodies.
John has extensive experience, domestically and internationally, with cogeneration plants (production of electricity and steam) and independent power plants, including the negotiation and drafting of letters of intent, steam sales agreements, plant site leases, option and purchase agreements, plant interconnection documents, equipment agreements, and water supply agreements.
Assisting families and caregivers who are parenting or caring for a child with physical or cognitive challenges is an area of law that John specializes in. He helps clients establish Supplemental Special Needs Trusts. The trusts give individuals with special needs the ability to use trust assets for “non-necessity” items that would not be available through government benefits.
John is a member of the Omaha and Nebraska State Bar Associations. He is a Fellow of the Nebraska Bar Foundation. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Omaha Bar Association, the Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial District, and the Douglas County Judicial Nominating Commission.