William (Bill) Pfeffer’s Law Firm has been open since 1990. Before that, Bill was practicing law and working with another lawyer, one who became a mentor of sorts. His first boss trained him in personal injury and the law of negligence.
Pfeffer Law Firm specializes in criminal defense and personal injury cases involving negligence. Bill has been working on negligence cases since 1988.
Early on in his career, people were hiring him for events like DUI’s, so he had to quickly learn how to practice criminal law. He said he started dabbling in criminal law in addition to his personal injury practice and criminal defense really took off.
“I won a lot of cases and was able to keep out evidence in many instances (that meant a lot of trials didn’t take place at all). The word got around and the next thing I knew, I was extremely busy in my private practice,” said Bill.
He built his practice on hard work that often meant 60-hour workweeks. Bill also traveled a lot in the beginning. He went all over the country to do criminal defense cases. Utah, California, Arizona and Colorado are just a few of the places Bill worked. He is also licensed in Iowa.
Bill was able to practice law in these places through a process called ‘Pro Hac Vice,” which means though he was not licensed to practice in those jurisdictions, he received dispensation to participate in a particular case within that jurisdiction.
“If you are in good standing and can show it, they will let you come in and work there,” Bill explained.
If you go to Pfeffer Law Firm for assistance, Bill said you are not just getting one lawyer - you’re getting three. Bill’s daughter Kelsey and cousin Danny also work in the firm with Bill.
Danny and Kelsey receive many appointments from judges. Bill said the judges are generous with them because they are good lawyers. Kelsey explained taking appointments is a great way to keep abreast of changes in the law.
With Danny and Kelsey being in court a lot of the time, they learn on a day-to-day basis. Without the two of them at the firm, Bill said he wouldn’t be where he is today.
“They both work hard and are very well respected,” said Bill.
Kelsey said she didn’t necessarily want to be a lawyer growing up, but loves it now. She enjoys helping people. Pfeffer Law Firm cares about their clients and the outcome of their case.
“We take the time to get to know them on a personal level, not just the facts of their case. We do what we can to help them so they don’t get into that particular situation again,” Kelsey explained.
Bill said where he grew up he saw people without much influence or money getting trampled on and decided those were the people he wanted to help. Bill wanted to be an advocate for them.
“You have to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder to be a good criminal defense attorney. I have that. I resented authority growing up. At Pfeffer, we will work hard because we love the people we represent. The end result will be the best result,” said Bill.
1823 Harney St,
Omaha, NE 68102