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Gary William Kendell

Personal injury Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

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  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 26 years
    Iowa - IA 27 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1997
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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Gary has been practicing law for more than 25 years. He represents clients in Iowa and Wisconsin in wrongful death, personal injury, auto and trucking accident, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour class action, premises liability, general litigation, divorce and criminal defense cases.

Gary is a seasoned litigator having tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict as first chair and has experience trying cases in rural, suburban and urban Courts all across Iowa. He is an excellent strategist and uses his skills and more than 25 years of experience to provide effective and well thought out representation for his clients to help them best achieve their particular goals.

Outside of work, Gary volunteers his time helping with the activities that his children are involved in serving in various volunteer, coaching and leadership roles. He has served as Vice President and President of the Home & School Association as well as Co-Chair of the annual fundraiser auction for Sacred Heart School in West Des Moines. Through the years, Gary has served as a member and executive board member for numerous non-profit organizations on the national, state and local level.

In his free time, Gary enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, golfing and honing his foosball skills. Gary lives in Des Moines with his wife Ann and their two children, Elizabeth and Holden.

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Gary W. Kendell - Attorney - Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, P.C.
5015 Grand Ridge Drive
West Des Moines, IA, 50265

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, P.C.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Ownter/Attorney
  • Kendell Law Firm, PLC
  • 2011 - 2021
  • Director of Drug Control Policy
  • Iowa Governor's Office
  • 2007 - 2011
  • County Attorney
  • Warren County Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Polk County Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Drake University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pierce vs Lohman
  • Settled out of Court for $325,000


  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2021
  • Top 25
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2021

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West Des Moines Personal injury Lawyer Gary William Kendell
Gary William Kendell
Personal injury Attorney
West Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 27 years