Joseph H. Badami

July 4, 1937 - January 18, 2023

Joseph H. Badami, 85, of Lincoln passed away January 18, 2023. Born July 4, 1937, in Omaha, NE to Henry and Wilma (Logsdon) Badami.

He was an attorney for over 50 years joining the firm of Woods & Aitken LLP in 1989 focusing on bankruptcy and cases involving banks and financial institutions. He served as the lead attorney and trustee of several of the largest bankruptcy cases throughout the state of Nebraska and served as one of Nebraska’s panel trustees for Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.

Before joining Woods & Aitken he received a Bachelor of Science degree where he met his wife Joyce then went on to receive a JD from the University of Nebraska College of Law. After graduating he served in various legal roles as an attorney for the Nebraska Department of Insurance, prosecutor and judge for the city of Lincoln, and general counsel for the former First Federal Savings and Loan Association.

Joseph was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar Association, the Lincoln Bar Association and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He was also a fellow in the State Bar Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to serving the people of Nebraska.

He was a dedicated and supportive husband, father, grandfather and friend, known for his quick wit and fun-loving personality.

Family members include his son John (Brenda) Badami, Lincoln; daughter Ann (Michael) Williams, Mendota Heights, MN; grandchildren Andrew and Olivia Badami, Lincoln, Brigham Williams, New York, NY, and Graham Williams, Mendota Heights, MN. Preceded in death by his parents and wife Joyce.

Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2023, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th Street. Inurnment in St. Matthew’s Church Columbarium.

Memorials to: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church



Memorial Service


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

2325 S. 24th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

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February 21, 2023

When I was a first year law clerk at Woods & Aitken, Joe gave me one of my first research projects involving bankruptcy law. I greatly enjoyed learning from him and working with him. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

– Monica Freeman
February 19, 2023

A friend and a mentor. I shall deeply miss him.

– Terry Michael
February 15, 2023

Joe befriended by wife Margaret and I when we moved from Omaha to Lincoln and made us feel at home. He and I kept in touch after I moved back to Omaha after Margaret died. He was a great person and I shall miss him. My deepest condolences to the Badami family; hope you can get some solace by remembering the good times you shared together with Joe

– D. Nick Caporale
February 2, 2023

I first met Joe in 1973 when I had the good fortune of being hired as a law clerk at First Federal Lincoln where Joe was General Counsel. He was a great mentor and always encouraged me to understand the need for civility in the practice of law. Spent a lot of time with Joe watching and learning as he served at Bankruptcy Trustee and also as Acting Municipal Judge. Joined him for lunch in later years on a very regular basis and he always took the time to ask me how my family was doing . He was an extremely kind and generous man and I will miss him.

– Kent Radke
January 31, 2023

I had the pleasure of working with Joe when he was a Chapter 7 Trustee. I found him to be a fair and sensible man. I missed speaking with him after he retired. He had a great sense of humor. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

January 27, 2023

I represented a client many years ago in a law case in which Joe represented the other party. The level of Joe’s integrity was absolutely astounding and his understanding of the law was unsurpassed. It’s been over 40 years since the legal matter was resolved but I’ve never forgotten the courtesy and professionalism with which Joe conducted himself. He was a great lawyer and a true credit to the profession. The memory of Joe is a blessing to everyone who had the honor of being influenced by him in such a positive way as I was.

– John Tavlin
January 27, 2023

We send our sincere sympathy to Joe’s family. Joe was very intelligent and a good conversationalist. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and we greatly enjoyed being with him. Our condolences. Allen and Virginia Overcash

– Allen Overcash
January 24, 2023

My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss. I worked with Joe at First Federal Lincoln. I remember him as a man of integrity who told it like it was. (Whether you wanted to hear it or not 😊). Joe’s passing is a loss to many people and organizations. God bless. My prayers go out to you.

– Wendell Hutsell
January 23, 2023

I worked with Joe when he was a panel trustee for the U.S. Trustee’s Office. I missed him after he retired. He was such a kind man. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family.

– Carol Rushing

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