Court of Appeals
Jul 27, 2021
Chief Judge Mike Pirtle
Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Michael W. Pirtle Nebraska Court of Appeals

Michael W. Pirtle is the Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals. After graduating from Creighton Prep High School in 1971, he earned his B. A. in Business from Midland Lutheran College (now known as Midland University), in Fremont, NE in 1975, and he is a 1978 graduate of the University of Nebraska - College of Law. He was in private practice in Omaha for 33 years before his appointment to the Court of Appeals by then Governor Dave Heineman in 2011. He was retained in office by the voters in the Second Judicial District in 2014 and 2020.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Pirtle was an experienced trial lawyer concentrating his practice in the areas of civil litigation and insurance defense, and was rated

" AV" in the Martindale - Hubbell Law Directory. He was also a trained mediator, a member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys and the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association. In 2005 and 2006, Judge Pirtle was a finalist for openings on the Douglas County District Court bench. He is a member of the Omaha Bar Association as well as the Nebraska State Bar Association where he served as the Chair of the NSBA House of Delegates October 2007-08. In addition, Judge Pirtle also served as a referee on behalf of the Nebraska Supreme Court in attorney discipline cases and was the Chair of the Bar Association' s Advisory Committee, which issued ethical opinions to lawyers throughout the state.

Judge Pirtle is the father of two adult daughters: Jackie and Stacey. Jackie and her husband, Brian Moore, live in Bennington with their children, Cooper (5) and Brooklyn (3). Jackie works for Linkedin while Brian is a lawyer with the Baird Holm Law Firm in downtown Omaha. Stacey lives and works for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, utilizing her Master's Degree in Latin American Policy from Georgetown University.

On May 29, 2010, Judge Pirtle was married to his fiancee, Kimberly Knoll, who also has two daughters: Callie and Kaela. Callie and her husband, Temi Omojola live in New York City with their daughter, Emi (2). Callie is an architect with Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC, and Temi is self-employed, managing several family businesses. Kaela also lives in New York City where she is employed as a manager for a family-owned skin care business. Kim is the Parenting Plan Coordinator for the Concord Mediation Center in Omaha.

In his spare time, Judge Pirtle enjoys playing golf, outdoor cooking, working in his yard and watching most spectator sports, especially Husker football and volleyball, and Creighton basketball.