Born and raised in Omaha, attending Christ The King grade school, Creighton Prep and University of Nebraska Lincoln, John Inserra joined his dad’s general law practice shortly after graduating from Creighton Law School.
“We did everything from estates and wills to divorces and some personal injury. It was good for me to get a little bit of practice in all of those areas, but I was really interested in personal injury law.”
The former teacher-in-training had found his calling in the legal profession.
“I felt like it was the one area of law that you could take somebody and help them through times in their lives that are just devastating — losing a job, you can’t pay medical bills, even co-pays, you might be disabled. These are people who need help. If you’ve never been involved in any kind of serious accident, you just don’t know. I found it very rewarding to help them.”
Inserra built an expertise in personal injury law. “I’d say over my career I’ve handled just about every personal injury case you can think of,” he said. “I’ve done medical malpractice, products liability, auto accidents, workers compensation, motorcycle, bicycle, practically any kind of slip and fall, premises liability, you name it.”
In the 1970s as the firm moved from downtown to midtown Omaha, Inserra grew their work representing railroad workers and is one of the most experienced lawyers in the region on the Federal Employment Labor Act (FELA) that covers them.
With hundreds of cases under his belt and over a dozen appearances before the state Supreme Court, Inserra takes tremendous care and pride in representing his clients, whether it’s getting a settlement for a client injured by a defective Chinese-manufactured gun to being part of class action litigation for thousands burned in fire pot accidents.
“We want people to be happy with what we do for them,” said Inserra. “We always keep an eye on our client’s expenses so they know exactly what they get after everything is paid in a settlement.”
And Inserra knows that it’s personal for his clients. “It’s not always about the money. Part of it is vindication. People get in accidents that’s not their fault and that makes them angry that they have to go through all of that pain and suffering.”
John and wife, Beth, an interior designer with Beth Putnam Interiors, reside in the Old Market area. They have two children. Jeff is an attorney and Heather, who formerly worked at Ameritrade, now stays home with her 3 children. Inserra’s hobbies include all sports, golf, movies, plays and cooking.