Hon. James M. Masteller

Hon. James M. Masteller

Hon. James M. Masteller

Douglas District Court
1701 Farnam Street
(402) 996-8164


2018 - present
Judge of the District Court, 4th Judicial District
Douglas County

2021 - Present
Young Adult Court Judge
Douglas County, Nebraska


2022 - Present
Adjunct Instructor
Creighton University School of Law

Deputy County Attorney, Douglas County Attorney’s Office
Omaha, NE

Judicial Law Clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Shanahan, District of Nebraska
Omaha, NE


University of Chicago Law School, 1999
Juris Doctorate
Creighton University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude

Judicial/Law Related Professional Activities

Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Robert M. Spire Inns of Court
Criminal Justice Systems Management Council, Douglas County

Honors and Awards

Criminal Justice Award, Nebraska County Attorneys Association (2014)

Richard C. Spillane, S.J. Award for Contributions to Civic Life and for Academic Excellence, Creighton University Political Science Department (1995)

Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America (1989)


Panelist, “Roadmap to a Representative Jury in Nebraska.” National Center for State Courts (March 2024).

Panelist, “Technology and the Courts.” District Judges’ 2022 Summer Conference (June 2022).

Panelist, “The Judges’ View:  Nebraska Civil Litigation Do’s and Don’ts.” National Business Institute (December 2021).

Presenter, “Voir Dire and Jury Selection.” National Business Institute (September 2020).

Panelist, “The Judges Speak:  Civil Court Litigation Do’s and Don’t’s.”  National Business Institute (November 2019).

Panelist, “2nd Annual Bench Bar Briefing.”  Omaha Bar Association (August 2019).

Panelist, “Twelve Angry Jurors.” College of St. Mary (April 2019).

Presenter, “Shot in the Dark: The Cari Farver Cold Case Homicide.” Nebraska County Attorneys Association Fall 2018 Conference (October 2018).

Presenter, “Arrest Warrant Execution.” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (October 2017).

Presenter, “The Fourth Amendment.”  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (December 2016).

Presenter, “Motions to Transfer To and From Juvenile Court; A Balancing Act.” Nebraska County Attorneys Association Fall 2016 Conference (October 2016).

Panelist, “Politics in Action; A Panel Discussion.” Creighton University’s Political Science Honor Society (April 2015).

Presenter, “Cellular Telephones and the Fourth Amendment.” Omaha Police Department (October 2014).

Presenter, “White-Collar Crime.” Eastern Nebraska Anti-Fraud Association (January 2013).

Presenter, “White-Collar Crime.” Heartland Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (November 2012).


Revised March 2024