Joel D. Pedersen, J.D.Vice President and General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Lincoln NE 68583
Lincoln NE 68583
Joel D. Pedersen was selected as Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Nebraska in January, 2008. The Vice President and General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the four-campus university and a member of its senior administrative leadership. Pedersen leads a group of attorneys and professional staff, providing a wide array of legal services, advice and representation to the university community.
Pedersen was an incorporator and legal counsel for two University related public/private partnerships: The University Community Facility Development Corporation (Owner’s representative for the Baxter Arena at UNO) and the Cancer Center Development Corporation (Owner’s representative for the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC). Pedersen represented the University in concluding the system integration agreement that formed Nebraska Medicine, the most esteemed academic medical center in the region. Pedersen also serves as legal counsel for the University Technology Development Corporation and its research and industry partnering subsidiaries, including the National Strategic Research Institute, and Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation.
Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, Pedersen was Associate General Counsel for the University beginning in 2006, and worked on a broad range of special projects and initiatives, real estate transactions, construction contracts, and environmental law, including advising on compliance and removal actions at the Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) Mead Superfund site.
Pedersen served as legal counsel to the Joint Antelope Valley Authority (JAVA), the administrative entity created by the University, City of Lincoln and Lower Platte South Natural Resources District to oversee the successfully completed Antelope Valley Project in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Pedersen spent the previous 18 years as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lincoln. Pedersen was lead counsel for the city in multiple civil litigation matters, including appellate practice before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Nebraska. Pedersen was legal counsel for the City/County Health Board and also represented the city in a number of complex redevelopment projects involving tax increment financing, infrastructure, real estate acquisitions and environmental compliance. Pedersen helped negotiate and create the public/private partnership that resulted in Haymarket Park, an athletic complex that is home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln baseball and softball teams, as well as the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Pedersen is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA), and a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Pedersen is admitted to practice in Nebraska and the Federal District Courts in Nebraska. Pedersen is a member of the General Counsel section of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University’s primary representative in the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Pedersen serves on the executive committee of the Corporate Counsel section of the NSBA and is an emeritus Master of the Bar in the Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court.
Pedersen received his B.A. in English from South Dakota State University in December of 1984, and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska, College of Law in 1988. He and his wife, Jean, have two children, Nicole and Kyle and two grandchildren, Cierra and Milo.