Erik Fern is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Bureau of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, which defends all civil lawsuits filed in state or federal court against the State of Nebraska, its agencies, and employees. Erik regularly defends claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, State Tort Claims Act, State Contract Claims Act, as well as challenges to the Nebraska Constitution. In addition to defending the state’s interests, he prosecutes civil enforcement actions under the Securities Act of Nebraska on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance.
Prior to working for the State of Nebraska, Erik was in private practice for over ten years. The majority of that time, Erik practiced in a three-person law firm located in Decorah, Iowa. He represented clients in matters of family law, personal injury, estate planning, criminal defense, banking litigation, and general litigation. He has argued before the Iowa Supreme Court, the Nebraska Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Erik earned his law degree from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications and Linguistics from Luther College. He is a Wisconsin native. He enjoys Wisconsin sports, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife, son, and Irish Setter.