John Heil
John P. Heil
Adjunct Professor
Attorney at Baird Holm, LLP

John Heil is a partner at Baird Holm, LLP, where his practice focuses on environmental matters.  For over 30 years he has represented clients in litigation involving environmental penalties and liabilities and provided counsel and opinions with respect to environmental risk assessments, cleanup, permits and related compliance matters as well as water rights issues.

John is a member and a Founding Regent of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and has served as Chair of the Section of Natural Resources and Environmental Law of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Environmental Law Institute, the Florida Bar, the Omaha Bar Association and the American Bar Association.   John was named a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation in 1998 and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation since 1995.  He has also been listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2009 and in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel 2010 Edition under the primary practice area of Environmental Litigation.

John served as a consultant to the State of Nebraska on the drafting of the Nebraska Integrated Solid Waste Management Act in 1991 and 1992.  He represented the Entergy and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Company plaintiffs in federal court litigation against the State of Nebraska regarding bad faith in the licensing decision for the proposed Boyd County low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.  This litigation resulted in a $151 million judgment against the State.   For more than 35 years, John has been a regular presenter at continuing legal education seminars, both locally and nationally.

Prior to joining the Baird Holm firm in 1978, John served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank G. Theis, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Kansas.  From 1973 to 1976 he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, including a tour of duty in the Administrative Law Division of the Office of Judge Advocate General where John was responsible for developing Department of the Navy regulations to implement the  Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974.


  • B.A. (1970) University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • J.D. (1973) University of Michigan Law School, cum laude

Course Taught

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law