Wayne has been associated with Fraser Stryker P.C., LLO in Omaha, Nebraska since his graduation from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1972. He became a partner in the firm in 1977. In 1989 Wayne was invited into Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was inducted in March of 1990 at the age of 42.
Wayne's litigation experience is broad and varied. Wayne has spent a good deal of his career representing companies involved in commercial and complex civil litigation. Wayne has also regularly represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and design professionals in the litigation of construction disputes. In this regard a part of Wayne's litigation practice has involved handling claims against contractor bonds on behalf of material suppliers supplying materials to public and private projects.
In addition, Wayne has been regularly engaged by insurance carriers to defend individuals and corporations sued for damages due to personal injuries and property damage arising out of alleged negligence and product defects. Wayne has frequently been asked to defend attorneys in professional negligence actions and has also defended dentists and accountants in professional negligence actions.
Wayne has represented individuals accused of violating their noncompete agreements and has represented individuals in actions against their employer for discrimination.
As noted above, a significant part of Wayne's practice in recent years has been the representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and design professionals in the negotiation of construction-related contracts, and, the counseling of owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals respecting claims arising out of their performance of construction-related contracts. Notwithstanding his interest in this area, Wayne has, nevertheless, continued to be actively involved an all other areas of litigation.
Drawing on his experience in construction related law, Wayne is a member of the national panel of construction arbitrators and mediators of the American Arbitration Association and is regularly appointed to serve as the arbitration or mediation neutral in construction-related cases.
In addition to his work with the American Arbitration Association, and, after undergoing mediation training offered by the Nebraska Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Wayne has, for more than 10 years, successfully served as a mediation neutral in a wide variety of non construction related cases.
A sampling of the types of cases Wayne has mediated is as follows:
Construction and design defect cases involving multple parties including owners, contractors and subcontractors
Commercial disputes between partners in a business
Commercial disputes between businesses and between business and individuals including claims for breach of contract and claims involving the violation of noncompete agreements
Personal injury cases arising out of automobile accidents
Personal injury cases and wrongful death cases resulting from explosions which involved both claims of negligence and product defects which allegedly contributed to the explosions
A property damage case involving a claim for damages as a result of damage caused to a building adjacent to a building being imploded
Disputes between heirs under will
Disputes between family members over real estate
Disputes between hospitals and medical doctors respecting hospital privileges
Disputes between employers and employees over the actions of employees while employed by the company
A dispute for damages between a patent holder and an alleged infringer
Disputes between insurance carriers
Claims for damages for personal injuries.