L. Joe Stehlik

Joe has been practicing law in Pawnee City for more than forty-five years.  During this career, his mission and philosophy has not changed: “To provide friendly and caring legal representation with unmatched drive and determination.  What has changed is the depth of my skill and experience.  One of the most important lessons I have learned over the past four decades is that negotiating a settlement is often better for our client than taking the matter to trial.  Experience affords me the insight to look at every case clearly and objectively, even while acting as our client’s vigorous advocate.”

Upon earning his Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude, from the College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1968, Joe attended the University of Nebraska College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1971. He served as Pawnee County Attorney from 1975 to 1987, and has been serving as Pawnee City Attorney or Deputy City Attorney since 1987.

Joe takes pride in Stehlik Law being a family-oriented business. His own family consists of three daughters: Jennifer Stehlik Ladman, an attorney at Stehlik Law; Elizabeth Stehlik, a certified Interior Designer with Office Interiors & Design in Lincoln, Nebraska; and Valerie Stehlik, a Software Engineering Manager with Firespring in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1971


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
    Major: Business Administration

Faculty and Publications

  • Nebraska Continuing Legal Education Seminar Faculty-Real Estate Law, Quiet Title Actions, 1995, 2005 and 2017
  • Nebraska Continuing Legal Education Seminar Faculty-Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, 1989
  • Nebraska Land Title Association Seminar Faculty-Abstracting Procedures and Bankruptcy Law, May 1985
  • NCAA Seminar Faculty-Litigation of Unaccredited School Cases
  • Author of article “Nebraska Uniform Custodial Trust Act” published in the Nebraska Lawyer, December 1997
  • Author of Quiet Title Actions for Nebraska Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Manual, September 2005 and 2017

Professional Organizations

  • Member Section on Economics of Law Practice
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation
  • Nebraska Trial Lawyers Association
  • Nebraska Land Title Association
  • Southeast Nebraska Bar Association (President 1993 to 1995; 1999 to 2000)

Memberships and Awards

  • United States Army Reserves, 1970 to 1979, served to rank of Captain
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
  • Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation  – Board of Directors & Board of Trustees
  • Peru State College – College/Community Coordinating Committee
  • Czech Language Foundation (Co-Founder)
  • Czech and Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum (Co-Founder)
  • I.O.O.F., Table Rock, Nebraska (Past Noble Grand)
  • Pawnee Lodge #23, A.F. & A.M.
  • American Legion Post #168
  • AMVETS (Life member)
  • Z.C.B.J. Lodge #84, Table Rock, Nebraska
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
  • Rotary Club, Pawnee City, Nebraska (President 1986 to 1987)
  • Pawnee County Democratic Party (County Chairman 1976 to 2008, 2012)
  • Chamber of Commerce, Pawnee City, Nebraska
  • Pawnee County Promotional Network (Co-Founder, Treasurer)
  • Pawnee City Community Foundation (Co-Founder)
  • Pawnee City Historical Society (Life member)
  • Table Rock Historical Society (Life member)
  • Harold Lloyd Foundation of Burchard, Nebraska (Co-Founder)
  • Pawnee County Arts Council
  • Gage County Historical Society
  • Southeast Nebraska Lake Association (Co-Founder, Treasurer)
  • Southeast Nebraska Economic Development Association (Co-Founder)
  • Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. of Nebraska, Legal Counsel
  • Nebraska Czechs, Inc. (President 1969)
  • Lincoln Chapter, Nebraska Czechs, Inc.
  • International Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences
  • National Arbor Day Foundation
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
  • The Land Institute
  • Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Association
  • Southeast Nebraska Steam Association
  • Wachiska Audubon Society
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Table Rock Development Corporation
  • Humboldt Shares, Inc.
  • Josef Stepan Family Foundation (Co-Founder)
  • Center for Rural Affairs

Areas of Practice

  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Tax Law





Stehlik Law

653 G Street, PO Box 187
Pawnee City, NE 68420
Telephone: 402.852.2973 | Fax: 402.852.2940
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At Stehlik Law, we represent clients throughout Southeast Nebraska, including those in Pawnee City, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Falls City, and Beatrice.

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