Hon. Thomas A. Otepka

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1701 Farnam Street
(402) 444-7755
(402) 444-8163

Hon. Thomas A. Otepka


2003 - present
Judge of the District Court, 4th Judicial District
Douglas County
2009 - present
Judge of the Douglas County Adult Drug Court, District Court


1975 - 2003
Private practice of law
Omaha, NE
1972 - 1974
City of Omaha, Assistant City Prosecutor
Omaha, NE


Creighton University, 1972
Juris Doctorate

Creighton University, 1969
Bachelor of Science, Biology

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow:
Selection to become a Fellow in the Nebraska State Bar Foundation is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge. The Foundation recognizes established legal professionals who are dedicated to improving the administration of justice. Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to the charitable and community education works of Foundation.

Robert Spire Inns of Court, 2003 – present
Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Nebraska State Bar Foundation PEOPLE Committee (Public Education Outreach Promoting the Law & Equity), 2006 - present
Law-Related Education Committee, PEOPLE sub-committee
Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Re-engineering Committee, 2010
Implementation Committee on Pro Se Litigation, 2004 - present
Host Judge, Law Day, 2008 & 2009
Nebraska District Judges Association
New Judge Orientation Committee, 2009
Sub-Committee Judicial Education Committee, 2008 - present
Pension and Salary Committee, 2008 – present

Teaching & Publishing

Speaker, "Restitution Issues," District Judge’s Summer Meeting, 2009
Host, 'Media' segment of "Justice at Stake" campaign of PEOPLE Committee, 2005
Graduate, Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Branch Education, 2005