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Jim was born and raised on a farm North of Schuyler, Nebraska. He graduated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters of Arts degree in Education, and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of law. After graduation, he worked as a prosecutor and assistant City Attorney for the City of Lincoln working primarily in criminal trial practice.
Jim was recently honored to participate in a NET documentary called Generations of Nebraska Warriors, which can be viewed here.
Mr. Cada has been licensed to practice law in the state of Nebraska since 1972 and conducts trial work in both County and District Courts. Mr. Cada is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Claims, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts and the Nebraska State Courts. Mr. Cada taught five years as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Jim’s practice of law has evolved into four major areas: personal injury, estate planning and probate, collection of business accounts and establishment and ongoing representation of business and corporate entities.
Jim is very active in the community; his service includes the Nebraska Bar Association, where he was in the House of Delegates for 8 years as well as in many Bar Association committees. He also served on the Bar Foundation and as a Pretrial Release Hearing Officer. Mr. Cada served on the board of directors of the Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the American Association for Justice.
Jim also serves on many community boards and foundations. He has been president of the State Veterans Home Board since 1998. He has served on the Lancaster County Service Officer Committee since 1994, has been Chairman of the Veterans Task Force, and is a board member of the Nebraska Veterans Council. He is a member of the American Legion, VFW, AmVets, Disabled American Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he served as State Commander from 1995 through 2002.
Jim served as President of the Arabian Horse Foundation from 1994 to 2000 and currently sits on that board. He has served as past director and vice president of the International Arabian Horse Association. In addition, Jim has served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska and the Combined Health Agency Drive (CHAD) where he has been a member since 1983. He was recently awarded the State Partners in Health Award by the Community Health Charities and the Amigo Del Centro Award by El Centro de las Americas. Jim has also served on the United Way Board as both a member and campaign vice chairman intermittently from 1989 to the present.
Jim also has been appointed by the Governor of Nebraska to the Health Coordinating Council, the Nebraska Workforce Investment Board, the veterans task force on the Nebraska Partnership, chair of the selection committee for the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Veteran’s Advisory Commission.
Jim is currently the Secretary of the American Friends of Jamaica Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce and the American Jamaican Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Independent Business Association and is on the Lincoln Charter Revision Committee. He has served on the Pius X Foundation Board of Trustees, the Prairie Hill Learning Center Board of Directors and as chairman of the Board of Education, School Dist. 43. Jim is a past member of the Lincoln Library Foundation Board, the Lincoln Symphony Board, National Standards of Business Education Review Board, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Planned Giving Committee, YMCA Fundraising Captain, Humane Society Fundraising Co-Chair, and the Lancaster County Event Center Fundraising Committee.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Estate Planning and Probate
- Collection of Business Accounts
- Business and Corporate Entities
- Nebraska, 1972
- U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1972
- U.S. Federal Courts, 1972
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1974
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
- University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Master of Arts degree in Education
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science
- LincOne Federal Credit Union
- Brager Construction, Inc.
- Bryan Medical Center
- Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital
- Construction Industries Credit Union
- City of Lincoln – Fire & Rescue
- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
- Silver Hawk Development, LLC
- EC Investments, Inc.
- Silverhawk Resorts, LLC
- JES Environmental, Inc.
- A&M Contractors, Inc.
- Dove Farms, Inc.
- Reddick Plumbing, Inc.
- World Wide Equine, Inc.
- Hall Tours, Ltd.
- In Focus Investigations, LLC
- LASR Team, LLC
- Larkins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc
- Langley Precision Ag, LLC
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Alum, AGR
- Campaign Chair, CHAD
- Bar Foundation Fellow
- United Way
- Community Health Charities
- Volunteer Distinguished Service Award, NE Credit Union League
Past Employment Positions
- City of Lincoln, Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney
- Phi Alpha Delta
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Phi Mu Alpha