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Gov. Ricketts Appoints James M. Masteller to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974





LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed James M. Masteller of Omaha to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District. 


Masteller, 45, currently serves as a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County.  In his 17 years with the Douglas County Attorney's Office, Masteller has worked in the Juvenile and Criminal Divisions while trying 58 jury trials.  He currently serves as a Team Leader supervising six Deputy County Attorneys in the Criminal Division.


Before serving as Deputy County Attorney, Masteller was a Federal Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Shanahan with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.


Masteller holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Creighton University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.


Masteller serves on the board of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association.  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as an Eagle Scout.  He has received the Criminal Justice Award by the Nebraska County Attorneys Association for his work in prosecuting individuals arrested in connection with Operation Purple Haze, a long-term investigation on a local, state, and federal level which targeted high-level gang members of a drug trafficking organization operating in Omaha.  


The vacancy is due to the death of Judge W. Mark Ashford. 


The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.