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I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa.  I have two brothers and three sisters.  


My Dad worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and also had his own sodding and landscaping company.  I do not know when he slept.  My mother took care of everything else, and I think her job was even harder.


I started working summers for my Dad's landscaping business when I was 12 and continued that work through college.  During high school and college I also had jobs delivering auto parts, stocking shelves, selling appliances and working third shift clean up at FDL Foods.


During law school I worked as a prosecuting intern for the Dubuque County Attorney and the Johnson County Attorney.  These jobs gave me a tremendous opportunity to handle trials in low level offenses, and get a head start on gaining trial experience.


I graduated from law school and started practicing law in 1986.  In my early days as a lawyer I handled a lot of different types of cases.  However, I quickly figured out that I enjoyed litigation the most, and over the years developed my practice in that direction.  


I handle workers' compensation and personal injury cases all over the State of Iowa.  I enjoy getting to travel around the state and meet new people and see new places.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 48%
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
  3. Animal & Dog Bites: 5%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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Contact info

Gilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C.

770 Main Street
Dubuque, IA, 52001-6820


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198811/12/2015
IAAuthorized to practice law198610/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Pro Bono AwardIowa State Bar Association2004
Volunteer Lawyer AwardIowa Legal Aid2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C.1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa State Bar AdmissionsBar examination grader2007 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Dubuque County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ewing v. American National Property and Casulty Co., 752 NW2d 31 (Table) (Iowa App. 2008)Successful
Weigel v. Weigel, 467 NW2d 277 (Iowa 1991)Successful
Webb v. Spahn & Rose Lumber Co., 665 NW2d 440 (Table) (Iowa App. 2003)Successful
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Loras CollegePsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iowa Association for Justice Fall Workers' Compensation SeminarBest Practices for Representing Claimants in Iowa Workers' Compensation Cases2013
Case Management: Care of Work-Related InjuriesLegal Issues In Nurse Case Management2009