Legal Focus

Over the past 36 years my practice has been focused in large part on products liability, environmental tort litigation, and insurance defense. My products liability defense includes popcorn litigation, consumer products, auto and tire manufacturers, children’s products and clothing, agricultural machinery, agricultural chemicals, and seed companies. My environmental tort litigation includes representation of more than 40 companies as defendants in asbestos litigation. My insurance defense practice relates primarily to businesses, home insurance, and automobile insurance. My practice is primarily focused in Western Iowa in state and federal courts in Iowa and Nebraska. I have been involved in legal matters in over 90 counties throughout Iowa.

My secondary area of practice is representation of school districts, student’s parents, teachers, and administrators. My back ground in this area includes being licensed as a teacher, guidance counselor, and superintendent while also having a Ph.D. in education.

Reported Cases

Collier v. Swede, L.L.C., 777 N.W.2d 129 (Iowa App. 2009); In re Marriage of Wallace, 711 N.W.2d 732 (Iowa App. 2006); Scott v. General Cas. Ins. Co., 662 N.W.2d 373 (Iowa App. 2003); Remmes v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 435 F.Supp.2d 936 (N.D. Iowa 2006); Weimer v. International Flavors & Fragrance, 240 F.R.D. 431 (N.D. Iowa 2007); Grovijohn v. Virjon, Inc., 643 N.W.2d 200 (Iowa 2002); Remmes v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 389 F.Supp.2d 1080 (N.D. Iowa 2005); Weimer v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2007 WL 1959103 (N.D. Iowa July 3, 2007); Weimer v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2006 WL 3422161 (N.D. Iowa Nov. 28, 2006); Kuiper v. International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2006 WL 3422058 (N.D. Iowa Nov. 28, 2006); Daughetee v. CHR Hansen, Inc., 2011 WL 1043504 (N.D. Iowa Mar. 17, 2011); Fox v. Page, 545 N.W.2d 281 (Iowa 1996). Lakin v. Richards Farm Ltd., 862 N.W.2d 414 (Iowa Ct. App. January 28, 2015); In re Marriage of Schmadeke, 856 N.W.2d (Iowa Ct. App. August 13, 2014)

Stewart v. Foster Wheeler (Johnson County, Iowa; No. LACV066388); Estate of Tobin v. Huffman (Fremont County, Iowa; No. LACV022841/Mills County, Iowa; LACV021944); Gies, et al. v. Corning Cmnty Sch, et al. (US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa; No. 1:03-cv-40070/1:04-cv-40001); USA v. Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs, et al. (US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa; No. 1:05-cv-00030); Fender v. Bayer Corporation, et al. (US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa; No. 1:09-cv-00024); Wiese, et al. v. Legend Air Suspensions, Inc. (US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa; No. 4:10-cv-00455)

University

  • University of Iowa, B.S., 1970; Drake University, M.A., 1973; University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Ph.D., 1985

Law School

  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln, J.D., 1979

Admitted

  • 1980, Iowa and Nebraska; 1981, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Memberships

  • Pottawattamie County, Southwest Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska State Bar Associations; International Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys.

Born

  • Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 23, 1948

Biography

  • Order of the Coif. Member, Nebraska Law Review, 1978-1979.

OUR OFFICE

  • Council Bluffs Office

    Address

    310 West Kanesville Boulevard
    Second Floor, CenturyLink Building
    Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503