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Who is Steve Grasz?

Steve Grasz is President Trump’s latest nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Age:  55 (approximate)

Current Position:  Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP (Omaha, NE)

Education:

  • B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1984), cum laude (Agriculture Honors Program); FarmHouse Fraternity; President, Innocents Society

  • J.D., University of Nebraska (1989); Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review; Top Oralist and Best Brief (Moot Court)

Experience:

  • 1984-1985:  Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, D.C.)

  • 1991-2002:  Chief Deputy Attorney General, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office (Lincoln, NE)

  • 2002-Present:  Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP (Omaha, NE)

Notable Matters:  

  • For the last twenty years, Mr. Grasz has focused his practice on business litigation, governmental affairs, governmental ethics and election law, and appellate litigation. He has litigated before, among other courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. 

  • As a private practice litigator, Mr. Grasz challenged a state constitutional provision restricting ownership of agricultural land under the Commerce Clause in Jones v. Gale, 470 F.3d 1261 (8th Cir. 2006). 

  • In his capacity as Nebraska’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Grasz authored nine briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and served as counsel of record before the Supreme Court in Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000), defending a Nebraska statute prohibiting partial-birth abortion. 

  • Mr. Grasz currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Appellate Practice Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association and as legal counsel to the campaign committee for the Governor of Nebraska. 

  • Mr. Grasz is listed as an expert for The Federalist Society, for whom he has written on the topic of state judicial selection.

Awards:  Recognized by “Best Lawyers of America” (2012-2017); listed by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV Preeminent.”

Biographical Notes:  Mr. Grasz grew up on his family’s diversified grain and livestock farm.

Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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