Jeanelle Lust is the managing partner at the Knudsen Law Firm where she has practiced since 1994. Jeanelle is a multi-faceted trial lawyer who focuses on commercial litigation. She has represented clients in such varied lawsuits as RICO claims, professional malpractice, constitutional tax disputes, automobile accidents, employment law disputes, water disputes and bankruptcy. Jeanelle also handles all aspects of Nursing Home litigation, including arbitration, and defends several school districts in the state.
Jeanelle is a native of Madison, South Dakota. She graduated cum laude from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD in 1991. She attended Creighton University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 1994. Jeanelle received the Faculty of Law Highest Triennial Average Award for having the highest grade point average after each year in law school, and was Assistant Editor of the Creighton Law Review.
Jeanelle is presently a member of the Publications Committee of the Nebraska Bar Association that publishes and edits the Nebraska Lawyer Magazine. She is a member of the bar in South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado. Jeanelle co-authors the employment law manuals for the state chamber.
Jeanelle is a charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has been designated a Super Lawyer. Jeanelle is participating in Inns of Court as a Master of the Bar and a member of the executive committee. Jeanelle is also actively involved in her community as a Trustee for the Lincoln Children's Zoo and a member of the Capital Humane Society's finance committee. Jeanelle was appointed to the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commission by Lincoln Mayor Chris Buetler and began serving her six -year term as a Commissioner on September 9, 2009. She was also appointed by the Lancaster County Board to serve on the Indigent Defense Council. Jeanelle was honored to become a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow in 2011. Jeanelle will also soon begin service as a board member of the community services fund.
Jeanelle's court room victories include the affirmance of a 3.5 million dollar arbitration award by the Nebraska Court of Appeals and a 5.7 million dollar Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) verdict. Jeanelle also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Service Fund of Nebraska