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Michael Joseph Wilson

Criminal defense Attorney at Omaha, NE

5.0   2 reviews
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  • State Years
    Iowa - IA < 1 year
    Nebraska - NE 14 years
    Illinois - IL 18 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State IA
    Acquired 2023
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Mike Wilson has devoted his career to protecting his clients, whether those clients have been charged with a crime or have been damaged by either negligence or intentional bad acts. Mike represents clients in criminal trials in both the State and Federal Courts, defending clients charged with everything from misdemeanors to murder. Of note are Mike’s results in the field of criminal appellate and postconviction practice, where he has obtained new trials for clients convicted of serious felonies, including both attempted murder and first-degree murder. Mike has argued many of these appeals before the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Nebraska Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a member of the Nebraska’s Regional Advisory Board for the Midwest Innocence Project, he works to obtain and support the exoneration and release of individuals wrongfully convicted in the Midwest.

Mike earned his B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln before accepting an academic merit scholarship to attend the Michigan State University College of Law, where he graduated in 2005 with Honors. While in law school, Mike served as a law clerk to the Hon. William Whitbeck, Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and as an Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mike worked as the Executive Director of First Defense Legal Aid and as an appeals attorney at the Chicago branch of the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender, where he argued felony appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court.

In late 2009, Mike returned to his hometown of Omaha where he joined the firm of Schaefer Shapiro LLP. There, Mike honed his trial skills and gained experience in civil litigation, including civil rights and injury cases. In addition to winning new trials for clients appealing their felony convictions, Mike regularly obtained favorable results defending against criminal prosecutions at the trial level, including dismissals of drug cases and DUIs following successful motions to suppress evidence.

When he is not working hard for his clients, Mike enjoys coaching soccer and softball, attempting to play golf, and taking down the occasional pot in a friendly poker game.


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Posted by Kris | September 18, 2019
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Mike has been great to work, and would highly recommend. He always gets back to me quickly, and the recommendations he provides are spot on. He is well researched and experienced to help you.
Posted by Dave | July 31, 2015
Family Law
I would recommend Michael to anyone with a crazy soon to be EX who steals from her husband, sleeps around on her husband, llies to her attorney and completely keeps him unaware of the real issues in the divorce. He's very intelligent, holds completely rational conversations with court judges and generally speaking isn't a bad looking guy. Good Job Mike. You were the best decision made in my divorce! Thank you.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Schaefer Shapiro LLP
  • 2009 - Present
  • Assistant Appellate Defender
  • Office Of The State Appellate Defender
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Executive Director
  • First Defense Legal Aid
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable William C. Whitbeck
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Nebraska
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001


  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nebraska State bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nebraska Regional Board, Midwest Innocence Project
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nebraska Innocence Project
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Merit Scholarship
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2002

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Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
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"I endorse this lawyer. Outstanding criminal defense lawyer who genuinely cares about his clients. Mike has a reputation in the Omaha area as one of the best appellate criminal attorney in the state."
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Omaha Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Joseph Wilson
Michael Joseph Wilson
Criminal defense Attorney
Omaha, NE
Licensed for 18 years
Virtual consultation available