Lawyer Detail

Darrell Klein

Attorney III Assistant Agency Counsel

Nebraska Department of health and Human Services

P.O. Box 95026
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026


Areas of Expertise

  • Disease Control
  • Health Information & Data Sharing

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research

J.D., Creighton University 1982, AmJur Award; B.A. History Political Science, Doane College, Magna Cum Laude, 1977, Merit Scholar. Nebraska Bar 1982. DHHS 1989.

Development and implementation of public health responsibilities with emergency management for all-hazards response, emphasizing bioterrorism and infectious disease and collaboration with state and federal public health partners. Support of communicable disease, epidemiology and health data management programs and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Programs.

Ebola response 2015; H1N1 2009

Lead attorney, Certificate of Need. Advise: Board of Health, health care professions and facilities, public policy, ad hoc work groups and legislation. Experience in environmental health and health care programs prosecution at the administrative level;

Court representation of department as Special Assistant Attorney General upon appointment; Co-author: DHHS Directed Health Measure (Quarantine and Isolation) regulations and guidance templates for state’s local public health departments.


Legal Issues in Disaster Planning – Center for Preparedness Education Long Term Care Conference. 2015.

Building Awareness and Knowledge of Public Health Laws Among the Public Health Workforce – APHA Annual. November 2015.

Building Access and Understand of Law in Public Health Practice in Nebraska – APHA Annual. November 2014.

Public Health Law 1010 for CDC Project Officers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2013.

Tri-City Medical Response System – Healthcare Surge in Rural Settings, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Howard County medical Center Workshop. 2013.

Public Health Law and Science: A Seminar for Judges – Nebraska Court Judges for Continuing Legal Education Credit. 2012.

Centers for Disease Control Public Health Emergency Law Course – Centers for Disease Control Public Health Law Program.


Stroud, C., Nadig, L., and Altevogt, B. M., Rapporteurs, Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine (2010). Medical Countermeasures Dispensing: Emergency Use Authorization and the Postal Model: Workshop Summary. National Academies Press.

Helming, S., Brink, R., Klein, D. (2007). Nebraska’s Directed Health Measure Regulations (Quarantine/isolation/decontamination).

Co-Editor of the ESF-8 of the SEOP of Nebraska.

Co-author Nebraska mass fatality response plan


Public Health Workforce Development: A Call to Action National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development. The de Beaumont Foundation, 2015.

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices: Creating a Flexible Health Care Workforce During an Influenza Pandemic, 2015

Nebraska Public Health Laws – LawAtlas

Assessing Policy Barriers to Effective Public Health Response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic – assisting ASTHO as a practice partner subject matter expert, 2010.

ASTHO Legal Barriers Project – State Representative, 2010 - 2012