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Andrew works to build strategic partnerships with clients primarily within the Ahlers & Cooney Litigation, ADR & Emergency Response/Investigation and Employment & Labor Law practice areas.  This work entails creating means to achieve clients’ objectives through all phases of pre-litigation, litigation, trial and/or appeal.  He spends the majority of his time counseling clients through all types of litigation in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels and before many national, state and local administrative agencies.


In the litigation arena, Andrew has handled widely varied claims involving such things as construction/surety concerns/claims, commercial contract disputes, product liability claims, fire and explosion investigations/claims, insurance bad faith claims, aviation accidents, libel and slander claims, premises liability claims, and automobile accidents.  Most recently, Andrew has spent a significant amount of time defending product liability claims affecting such industries as: consumer products, industrial machinery and equipment, agricultural machinery, commercial products, and transportation and trucking.


In the employment arena, Andrew’s experience has been in responding to allegations of wrongful actions and/or injuries in the workplace.  He has handled claims alleging all types of discrimination, harassment or retaliation under state and federal law, breach of express and implied contracts including non-compete and non-solicitation provisions, violations of public policy, defamation, promissory estoppel, interference with contract, blacklisting and other related claims.  He has also defended both self-insured and insured employers when confronted with allegations of workplace injuries involving sizable exposures for monetary awards.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 33%
    14 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 33%
    14 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 33%
    14 years

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Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.

100 Court Avenue, Ste. 600
Des Moines, IA, 50309


IAAuthorized to practice law200110/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
HonoreeBest Lawyers2013
Great Plains Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Elder Law Journal Associate EditorUniv. of Illinois Elder Law Journal2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderAhlers & Cooney, P.C.2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Blackstone American Inn of CourtBencher2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Iowa State Bar Associationmember2001 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richard Curry v. Federated Insurance CompanySummary Judgment for the Defendant
Myers v. Tursso CompanySummary Judgment for the Defendant
Rebecca Carkhuff v. Reif Oil CompanySummary Judgment for the Defendant
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Iowa Defense Counsel Association NewsletterMedicare's new Rules for 20102010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignLawJD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)2001
Iowa State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law ConferenceWorkers Compensation Pointers2011
American Inns of Court MeetingClient Interviews2011
Employment Law ConferenceNon-Compete Agreements2009