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Earl has nearly 60 years of private law practice.
Earl represents or has represented many companies in a variety of industries, including banking, leasing, telecommunications, construction, air and surface transportation, manufacturing, encryption and software technology, oil and gas exploration, a national hockey league franchise, and Internet education.
In addition to his client representation, Earl has completed the Harvard Law School programs on basic and advanced negotiation techniques. He also has been an instructor of Corporate Finance and Legal Writing and has lectured on Mergers and Acquisitions and Legal Ethics, and is the author of "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Trucking Industry.”
Earl previously served on the boards of publicly traded Swift Transportation Co., Simon Transportation and Heartland Express as well as the boards of the Blair Bank, Class.com, Central Freight Lines, Central Refrigerated Service, Coyotes Holdings, First City Financial Corp., Nebraska Angels, Nelson & Harding, Northeast Investment Co., Southwest Premier Properties, Transcommunications, Inc., Truckload Carriers Association, and WareOnEarth Communications.
Earl also has been appointed to serve the State of Nebraska by governors of both major political parties, serving as a member of the Nebraska Investment Council, the Nebraska State Racing Commission, and the Nebraska State Education 2000 Task Force, and by the Mayor of the City of Lincoln to the Private Industry Council (Past President). He also has served as a Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and as a member of the University of Nebraska Committee of Visitors, the UNL Parents Association (President, 1987-90 and Hall of Fame), UNL Vision 2020 Task Force, University of Nebraska College of Law Alumni Council (Past Chairman), Dean’s Advisory Board (Executive Committee), and Capital Campaign Co-Chairman. In 1993, he received the University of Nebraska Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009, he received the University of Nebraska College of Law Distinguished Service Award. In 2017, he received the University of Nebraska College of Law Outstanding Service Award. In 2018, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln bestowed on Earl and his wife, Patricia, the University's highest, non-academic honor, the Nebraska Builder Award.
Earl received his J.D. in 1966 from the University of Nebraska College of Law where he served as a member of the Allen Moot Court Board and as President of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. In 1964, he received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He is a current or former member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, American, Nebraska State, Iowa State, Tennessee, and Arizona bars associations, is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court, and is a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.