Inserra Kelley Sewell is a litigation and trial practice law firm dedicated to representing injured plaintiffs and enforcing the laws that hold wrongdoers and their insurance companies responsible for the harm inflicted upon our clients and their families.
“Focused On Healing, Then Results,” is a commitment we make to all of our clients. We help and guide our clients step-by- step through the initial injury, the pain and uncertainty of the healing process, and complications caused by medical bills, lost wages, and the insurance claims procedure. After all injuries have been properly documented and treated, we shift our focus to obtaining the maximum nancial result from the wrongdoer’s insurance company.
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A blue-collar kid from Council Bluffs, IA, Craig grew up around auto service stations and race tracks. “I grew up in a family that raced lots of things. My family was in the service station business and our passion was racing. When I was in ninth grade, my parents bought Sunset Speedway in Omaha. The great thing about the speedway was that it allowed me to go to school in the winter and work in the summer to make enough money to keep going to school.”
After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a business degree, he planned to bring a law degree from Creighton University back to the family business, but success in law school and trial law competitions led to a law clerk job while in law school with a big law firm representing insurance companies.
“I was on the other side of what we do now,” said Craig, “and I just never enjoyed celebrating a ‘win’ where an injured person got nothing or less than they should. They were left in a lurch; it just never did sit right with me. Considering my philosophy of life, I knew I needed to make a change. A better career to move for me was to represent injured people. After a short search, I found John Inserra and his father; this Firm is where I have been ever since graduating from law school in 1986. My work and my faith lined up, now I am happy to go work each day where I know I help the people who need it.”
Craig started with lots of smaller injury cases and helped with the firm’s railroad-employee injury practice. “At that time we were handling railroad cases from Kansas City to Denver. When I was a young lawyer, I spent a lot of time in North Platte and Alliance, Nebraska. I probably had more trials and more depositions as a young lawyer in my first 15 years of practice than most people have in their careers, because of our big case load.”
Craig loves his profession. “we are very involved in helping people heal to the absolute fullest extent possible first and foremost, and then getting them results for their losses and permanent injury. Whether our clients end up in a fight about liability, medical care, or treatment, if you don’t have an experienced injury law firm, you are more likely to get turned down on liability or receive proper medical treatment. Our team fights a lot of battles every for our clients. It is most rewarding to help people heal better and faster with the proper medical treatment, not to mention make the world a safer place with our work. It’s satisfying to help people battle against big insurance and corporations that these people simply can’t effectively fight on their own.”
Ryan grew up in a working class family with deep roots in Omaha, Benson, and Florence going back to the 1890s. His family’s history in Omaha has shaped his views on the importance of strong advocates for injured individuals and families. His grandfather, who helped organize the grain millers’ union in Omaha, lost an eye when a defective boiler exploded at the grain mill. The stories he heard about the fast-thinking lawyer who preserved evidence at the scene and advocated on his grandfather’s behalf made a lasting impact on him. His family worked in the trades and he began sweeping the floor, emptying trash barrels, and bending metal in his uncle’s sheetmetal shop when he was 16 years old. Growing up he spent countless summer hours on a bass boat with his Dad and many fall and winter weekends in the field pheasant hunting with his family’s German Shorthairs and English Setters.
During his undergraduate studies, Ryan interned in the United States Senate, in Washington D.C., and earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Ryan received his law degree from the Creighton University School of Law, where he was an Assistant Editor of the Creighton Law Review, a Senior Member of the Moot Court Board, and graduated with honors. Since he began practicing, he has become an active member of the metro community, having previously served on the St. Cecilia Cathedral School Board and selected as a member of both the “Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy,” and “Leadership Omaha.“
Outside of his legal practice, Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of two young children, who are active in youth sports. He has continued his family’s traditions and introduces his son and daughter to the joys of the great outdoors—whether on the soccer field, a famer’s field pheasant hunting with their English Pointer, or grandpa’s pontoon boat—at every available opportunity.
After growing up in a family whose financial security, and “togetherness” in recreational activities, depended upon everyone being healthy and able-bodied, Ryan made the decision to devote his legal practice to advocating on behalf of people and families who suffer injury through no fault of their own. As a practicing injury attorney, he has litigated a wide variety of cases involving vehicle negligence, defective products, dangerous premises, and wrongful death in Nebraska and Iowa.
In every case, Ryan draws upon his own personal experiences and brings energy, skills, and a unique base of trial experience to achieve results for his clients.
Born and raised in Omaha, attending Christ The King grade school, Creighton Prep and University of Nebraska Lincoln, John Inserra joined his dad’s general law practice shortly after graduating from Creighton Law School.
“We did everything from estates and wills to divorces and some personal injury. It was good for me to get a little bit of practice in all of those areas, but I was really interested in personal injury law.”
The former teacher-in-training had found his calling in the legal profession.
“I felt like it was the one area of law that you could take somebody and help them through times in their lives that are just devastating — losing a job, you can’t pay medical bills, even co-pays, you might be disabled. These are people who need help. If you’ve never been involved in any kind of serious accident, you just don’t know. I found it very rewarding to help them.”
Inserra built an expertise in personal injury law. “I’d say over my career I’ve handled just about every personal injury case you can think of,” he said. “I’ve done medical malpractice, products liability, auto accidents, workers compensation, motorcycle, bicycle, practically any kind of slip and fall, premises liability, you name it.”
In the 1970s as the firm moved from downtown to midtown Omaha, Inserra grew their work representing railroad workers and is one of the most experienced lawyers in the region on the Federal Employment Labor Act (FELA) that covers them.
With hundreds of cases under his belt and over a dozen appearances before the state Supreme Court, Inserra takes tremendous care and pride in representing his clients, whether it’s getting a settlement for a client injured by a defective Chinese-manufactured gun to being part of class action litigation for thousands burned in fire pot accidents.
“We want people to be happy with what we do for them,” said Inserra. “We always keep an eye on our client’s expenses so they know exactly what they get after everything is paid in a settlement.”
And Inserra knows that it’s personal for his clients. “It’s not always about the money. Part of it is vindication. People get in accidents that’s not their fault and that makes them angry that they have to go through all of that pain and suffering.”
John and wife, Beth, an interior designer with Beth Putnam Interiors, reside in the Old Market area. They have two children. Jeff is an attorney and Heather, who formerly worked at Ameritrade, now stays home with her 3 children. Inserra’s hobbies include all sports, golf, movies, plays and cooking.
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