Gov. Ricketts appoints Thomas Klein as district court for the sixth judicial circuit

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Gov. Ricketts appoints Thomas Klein as district court for the sixth judicial circuit

Thomas Klein

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Thomas Klein of Wahoo as the district court of the Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties).

Klein, 55, has served as a Saunders County public defender since January 1999. He has also served as the village attorney for the village of Morse Bluff since 1993. Klein also served as a managing partner at Haessler, Sullivan, Klein, LTD. since 1999, having worked his way up from Associate Attorney in 1993.

As a managing partner, Klein has practiced law in numerous counties throughout East Central Nebraska in both the district court and the district court. Klein has practiced in a variety of areas of criminal law, including felony, misdemeanor and appellate matters. He has experience in youth affairs and represents youth as a Guardian Ad Litem. Klein has also represented individuals in a wide range of civil law practice, including family law matters, real estate matters, adoptions, guardianships, guardianships, contract disputes, probate matters, and general civil litigation.

He has extensive experience in all types of criminal matters and has served numerous bank and jury trials throughout his career. Klein’s cases have been tried several times before the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals.

Klein holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University Law School. He is a member of the Saunders County Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association (served as an elected member of the House of Delegates from 2004 to 2011), and the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.

Klein is actively involved with youth in his community. For ten years he was a board member of the Wahoo Baseball Association and also served as an assistant baseball coach. This builds on decades of coaching football, hockey and track and field. Klein has been a USATF track and field official since 1992. Since 1994, he has served as a volunteer mock test judge and is a team coach for middle and high school students at the Calvary Robotics Club.

Klein also serves as a volunteer speaker for several statewide organ and tissue donation initiatives, including Live on Nebraska, the Lions Club Organ Donation Program, and the Nebraska Organ Retrieval Systems. He is also a member of the NICU Family Support Committee for the March of Dimes through Nebraska Medical Center.

Klein fills the position created by the resignation of Judge Kenneth J. Vampola.

The principal office for the position of judge is Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska.