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Joshua Yambor was born and raised in Omaha, and is a graduate of Gross Catholic High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2004. In 2006, while attending law school, Joshua acquired valuable skills clerking in the juvenile division of the Douglas County Attorney’s office. Then in 2008, he was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree, with distinction, from Creighton University School of Law. Joshua joined Hauptman O’Brien after gaining extensive experience on the defense side of insurance litigation for more than eight years.

Unlike defense work, where the client is usually a large insurance company, Joshua has enjoyed the far more personal aspects of working with actual plaintiffs. “What is interesting about the plaintiff side is how you’re able to juggle the complexities of each case, while always keeping in mind you have a client to take care of and walk through this difficult process. Most clients have never been through a legal case before, and that can be a shock and a traumatic event in and of itself. At the end of the day, I want my clients to know I am not only looking out for their wellbeing, but I’m always going to treat them fairly, like they should and need to be treated, and help them do what is best for their present and future interests.”

“As an attorney, you always look for holes or potential pitfalls in a case: What are the possible issues that are going to be shown to a jury? It may be liability, it may be prior claims or injuries, or it may be that there are gaps in treatment or the treating physicians aren’t tying things together. As an attorney with insurance defense experience, I can identify those possible pitfalls more quickly and help guide my clients in the right direction. It’s the plaintiff’s burden to prove their case, so if you are proactively addressing issues, you’re much more likely to be successful.”

“Often a strong adversary is an exceptional candidate to become part of an even stronger team,” said Partner Steve Lathrop. “Thankfully, Joshua recognized that his abilities fit beautifully within the framework our firm is building within the local legal community each day. His positive attitude, local background, worth ethic and experience are already proving to be an important resource for the firm; and as his case load continues to grow, I’m confident his influence will be felt throughout our firm and beyond.”

“What I’ve really noticed at Hauptman O’Brien is how much of a team and family atmosphere there is here,” Joshua said. “The motto is the ‘door’s always open,’ and I don’t just mean that figuratively. Literally, every person’s office door is always open, and that’s something that’s especially beneficial to have in a legal office. If you don’t have colleagues who you can turn

to for their insight and expertise, you’re going to have an uphill battle. I consider myself fortunate to be with a team of such great people.”

Joshua and his wife have been married for nearly a decade and have three wonderful children. An avid local sports fan, Joshua began going to Creighton Bluejays basketball games with his father, a Navy veteran. Now a long-time season ticket holder, he’s excited to begin introducing his children to the sport. He and his family recently moved into a house that has been in

the family since the 60’s. “We’re trying to just take the torch and run with it. It’s been a good move,” said Joshua with a smile.

Bar Admissions:

  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 2008
    Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha, 2004
    Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude

Employment History:

  • Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C., 2016-Present
  • Woodke & Gibbons, P.C., L.L.O., 2008-2016
  • Law Clerk, Douglas County Attorney’s Office, 2006-2008

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