Creighton University has appointed James S. Jansen, J. D., of Omaha, as the University general counsel. Jansen, who most recently was an attorney at McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, joined that firm in 2003 after nearly 13 years of service as Douglas County Attorney.
Jansen's current practice involves a broad range of commercial and business litigation matters. Elected Douglas County Attorney four consecutive times beginning in 1990, he served as general counsel for Nebraska's largest county, representing the Board of Commissioners and other elected officials in all legal matters related to the administration of county government. He was instrumental in the founding of the Project Harmony Child Protection Center, which brought together competing agencies focused on child protective services into a cohesive organization that has served as a model for other organizations.
"Jim possesses the talent, skills, commitment and understanding of the Creighton mission and our focus on Catholic, Jesuit values that is essential to this important role at the University. Respected and admired in the Omaha community, he will be an asset to our leadership team," said Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S. J.
Prior to joining the Douglas County Attorney's office, Jansen was in private practice. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1973 and received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970.
Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar Association, the Omaha Bar Association and a past member of the Nebraska County Attorney Association, where he served as president in 1997-98. He is currently a member of the Archdiocese of Omaha Review Board and Project Harmony Protection Center board of directors, past chair of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Greater Omaha, Omaha Community Partnership, and the board of directors, Project Harmony Child Protection Center. He also served on Creighton University's Parent Council from 2004 to 2010.
"As an alumnus and someone who has seen the impact of Creighton University on our community and understands its commitment to a values-centered education, I am truly honored and humbled to be chosen to serve in this capacity," said Jansen.