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James Wayne Ellison

Car accident Attorney at Gering, NE

5.0   4 reviews

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James W. Ellison

Our firm serves Scottsbluff/Gering and Western Nebraska and has been working in all areas of personal injury and worker's compensation law for 41 years.  He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1950.  He was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in 1976. Jim received his B.A. at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1972, and his J.D. from the University Of Nebraska College Of Law in include Scotts Bluff County Bar Association (President 1996), Nebraska State Bar Association, Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (I.A.D.C.), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (F.D.C.C.), and Defense Counsel Association of Nebraska (D.C.A.N.) and Trucking Industry Defense Association (T.I.D.A.). Jim’s areas of practice include personal injury, workers’ compensation, consumer products liability, and civil trial practice.

Licensed for 46 years
State WY
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 01/05/2023
State NE
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 10/17/2022

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Ellison, Kovarik & Turman Law Firm, Pc
Po Box 340
Gering, NE, 69341-0340


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Posted by Sabrina Esparza | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Current comp attorney
I feel that Mr. Ellison and his assistant have been very helpful in my case. When needed my questions are answered to my expectations. He is very good at keeping me up to date on my case.
Posted by Philip | April 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workmans Compensation case
I've been injured on the job. My case is still in litigation and it's been almost three years since this began. Thos had been a long process with recovery and litigation. Trying to get our lives back to normal isn't easy. I've known Jim from church and never thought much about needing his help. I couldn't imagine going through this with someone else. He's been a friend first and lawyer second.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Caring, Professional and Attention to Every Detail
I hired Mr. Ellison for a Work Comp attorney. Opposing counsel has been extremely difficult to deal with, needless to say, and I had already consulted with several counsel prior to choosing Mr. Ellison. He handled and is handling my case with the most dignity and when needed, stern-ness (if that is a word). He is caring and compassionate to me and my medical conditions, and communicates well with myself and practitioners, as well as opposing counsel when needed. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case to date. He has spent much time, energy and research to settle what needed to be done to date and we look forward to what needs to be done in the future.
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Posted by Mary | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Jim is a very experienced and competent attorney who helped me with my worker's compensation case.


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Ellison, Kovarik & Turman Law Firm, Pc
  • 1976 - Present


  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of Nebraska
  • 1972


  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Scotts Bluff Rotary Club
  • President
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Scotts Bluff County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • Eagle International Associates
  • Mandatory UM UIM Settlement Offers & Deadlines for 50 States and District of Columbia
  • 2013
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • The Collateral Source Rule: A Compendium of State Law
  • 2012
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • DRI Compendium State & Federal Law Spoliation of Evidence
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Traveling Employee and Dual Purpose Doctrine
  • 1999
  • Workers' Compensation Practice
  • Respiratory Injuries
  • 1998
  • Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Workers' Compensation and Reform Legislation LB 575
  • 1992
  • Workers Compensation
  • Workers Compensation: How to terminate & Redetermine Benefits
  • 1988
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Jim Ellison for over 20 years and have had many cases wherein he was the opposing lawyer. Jim is an excellent trial lawyer with exceptional skills. Jim is an asset to people in western Nebraska that need fair and aggressive representation to protect their interests."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Wayne Ellison aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. I highly recommend him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is a most zealous advocate for his clients with an admirable mastery of workers compensation law. His ability to provide consistently excellent representation has earned him the respect of both his peers and the community he serves. I wholeheartedly endorse James Wayne Ellison."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is a great attorney and a credit to his profession."
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