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Cory Frederick Gourley

Wrongful death Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

4.2   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2002
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I am a founding and managing partner of Gourley Rehkemper, & Lindholm, PLC, also known as GRL Law.  I work with some of the best attorneys and legal professionals in the business and I am proud to say that our firm is one of the best Trial Law firms in Iowa.  


I head up the wrongful death and traumatic injury division at the firm.  In the last 5 years alone, I have obtained verdicts from Iowa juries totaling just under 5 million dollars. But those cases are not about me.  They are about the Iowans who have been permanently and extraordinarily injured and the families who have lost a loved one and then have been lied to, taken advantage of, mistreated, or all three by coporations and their insurance companies.  I have had the honor of helping families hold insurance companies, corporations and other wrongdoers accountable for their actions when they have caused the death of, or a life changing injury to folks in Iowa.  We have gone up against the big boys; the insurance companies and their big law firms, and we have prevailed. We will continue to fight to do so.  


No firm in Iowa investigates deaths and injuries more throughly.  No firm handles lawsuits more zealously.  No firm gets better results for grieving families. I am proud to say that I am a part of GRL Law, the firm that Iowans turn to when Good People Need GReat Lawyers  

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Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm, PLC
440 Fairway.
Suite 210
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Cory Frederick Gourley
520 South Pierce Avenue
Suite 209
Mason City, IA, 50401
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4.2 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Tom | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Restored my faith in lawyers
My attorney here in Texas referred me to Cory Gourley to represent me for an accident occurring several years ago while I was working in Iowa. From the beginning, I found him to be professional, personable, and punctual. He does what he says he will do when he says he will do it, always in a professional manner. After 45 years of dealing with both plaintiff and defense attorneys as a casualty insurance adjuster, I had become somewhat disenchanted with the whole legal process prior to Mr. Gourley completely restoring my faith in the system. I had the opportunity to meet him when my wife and I had to travel to Iowa for depositions and my fact-to-face meeting only increased my admiration for him. Great guy! Super lawyer!
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Posted by Kathy | July 22, 2015
This was my first experience using an attorney and I'm pleased that I was recommended to Mr. Gourley. He is very knowledgeable in his area, but not hesitant to consult other experts for information that will make his case stronger. His best trait is he listens to his client and is open-minded about all options. He walks through the case with his client as if he is trying the case on the spot. He put me at ease during a very difficult and emotional time. He doesn't waiver or waffle on making decisions that affect his client. He puts his client before ego and has the best interest of his client at all times. This gave me the confidence to stick with my case and not give up. I would highly recommend Cory and any of the team of lawyers or support people from this firm.
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Posted by Anthony | July 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Worth the Money
Cory was great to work with throughout my case. He never failed to get back to me in a promply manor whenever I had any questions. He was transparent throughtout the case and helped me feel very comfortable and prepared throughout the case. Not only does Cory know how to work with this clients, he is very successful at what he does and definitely knows his stuff. I would reccomend Cory and the whole GRL team to anyone and everyone as they were always very friendly from the people at the front desk, down to the attorneys themselves.
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Posted by Dawn | November 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Auto Accident Injury
I reached out to Cory Gourley when I was in search of an attorney for an injury related to an auto accident that occured while traveling out of state. I was not familiar with anyone in the area. My case, while not large, was complex, and I struggled to find someone willing to take the case. Cory, Melissa Page, and the rest of the team worked diligently and were able to successfully procure a worthy settlement without litigation. I was kept informed of what was happening every step of the process, and they made sure all my questions were answered. I easily recommend the law office of Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm, PLC, specifically Cory Gourley.
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Posted by Sheila | April 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Hardworking
Hiring Cory as my attorney was the best decision I could have ever made. His dedication to my case was outstanding!!!! He and Melissa his assistant were always there for me every step of the way. They are an amazing team!!!! Thank you guys so much for everything.
Posted by Todd | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wrongful death lawsuit
This was my family's first experience with an attorney. We were extremely lucky to have chosen Cory Gourley. My mother had died after injuries sustained from a fall. Cory was very passionate about seeking justice for my mom and helping our family through a very tough time. Cory won our case in federal court, bringing justice for my mom and closure for everyone involved. My family will never be able to thank him enough. Great person, Great attorney !!!
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Posted by Kandy | September 7, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Awesome attorney!
There's a lot I could say about Corey Gourley, I didn't know Corey before my consultation with him about an auto collision that we were involved in, we were clearly not at fault, there were medical injuries from the crash. After my consult with Corey I felt at ease and trusted him, that he was going to help and that he believed in me. I felt he had empathy for everything I had been through medically and continue to go through. He was willing to fight all the way to court, if that's what we wanted to do. He was very well prepared and prepared me for my day in court. As hard as this all was for me, Corey not only helped with the decisions about going to court or settling out of court, he was very reassuring that he would handle everything and took the pressure off me. I have to say that at times Corey was like a therapist, I felt comfortable telling him things caused by the collision to me personally, that I couldn't talk to other people about. Corey was awesome and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Be honest with him and he'll fight for you! Corey thank you for all your hard work, I appreciate all that you did for us, but especially for me!
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Posted by Charles | March 6, 2014
Cory Gourley, integrity, patience and professionalism, only way to discribe this lawyer
My case was a tough, post-divorce custody modification. Hard as it gets and Cory knocked it out of the park. His advice was dead on. I had many concerns along the way in a two year long court process. When things didn't go like we expected or wanted, he always had a plan B, even a plan C. He is worth every penny I spent. I heard from him when he knew I needed to instead of wasting our time and money discussing unnecessary matters. He did everything in his power to minimize my costs and still have a strong case. I would recommend him to a man or a woman for representation. I know from experience his concern is his client and the best interests of the children involved. When I felt things were not moving fast enough and I was frustrated or I wanted to go for the jugular, he always took the time to explain the process and calm me down sometimes more than once. He always left the actions we took in court up to me, never pushed me to do it his way. He laid out options based on his knowledge and experience and let me make the final choice. His law firm and his secretary Melissa worked hard to win my case, I am forever grateful. He made an impression on everyone that I introduced him to. Divorce and custody modification is emotionally tough and expensive. If you want the best, you need to call Gourley, Rehkemper and Lindhom, Ask for Cory or Melissa.
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Posted by Frank | August 1, 2013
One of the best attorneys in Iowa
I have been working with Mr. Gourley for the past 10 years on everything from starting a business to defending both my business and personal interests. Although I don't think anybody "likes" to have to call an attorney, when I contact Cory, I know he will take care of what needs taken care of. It's reassuring to know that my attorney isn't intimidated by a threatening letter from the other side...even if I am. I have sent friends and family to Cory for representation for several divorces, personal injury accidents and large business law matters. I haven't ever heard a negative report from anyone I refer on...which is why I continue to send folks his way. If you ever find yourself in a position where you need legal representation, I highly suggest that you contact Cory Gourley. If he can't help you, he will know who can and will get you pointed in the right direction...I speak from experience.
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Posted by June | April 15, 2014
Good Lawyer, responsible, and heard working!
Cory was my lawyer a few years back, now I might be needing him again and if I do I will go for it!... He handled my custody battle and he was always very forward, He will not let the clients emotion (or lack of control of) get the best of the case, he knows what he is doing, and he helps the client understand that "is not about what you want is about what the law says" , I am a female, 2 kids, and will hired him any time! Custody cases can be very emotional, but Cory keeps it together even when dealing with bullies or dramatic situations (clients or not clients!)....I found it very funny how someone will accuse him of being a "bully" or "sweet talking them" ...we are all adults here right? ...this guy is awesome go for it!
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Posted by John | August 2, 2013
Knowledgeable and respectful legal services
Cory helped me through a difficult time and process. He and his staff were genuine and respectful. I was presented with options and provided with facts regarding the law during my divorce. His knowledge of the law was impressive which led to an amenable result for my children and me. I was grateful for the legal services I received from Cory and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2014
wow listen to donna's review!
In my personal opinion - He's great defending dads but don't ever use him if you're a female! His lack of effort is concerning. He rarely called me back when I called the office. He never kept me informed on much of anything. I feel he bullied me and sweet talked me into doing something I wasn't comfortable with. He's not willing to put forth effort in mediation and half way through he's suggesting you give up things you've always had. I don't feel he's worth $325 a hour. Not even close. He tried to tell me at the end we won - less time with your kid then you had before. Sounds like a loss to me.
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Posted by Donna | March 5, 2013
Absolutely not!
He did "absolutely" nothing for me and charged me $2000 dollars. Don't go with him, find someone else!
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Gourley, Rehkemper, & Lindholm, PLC
  • 2005 - 2016


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Kansas
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Kathy Winger et al v. Critelli Properties et al.
  • Polk County Jury returned a verdict totaling $1,137,500.00 in favor of Plaintiffs. It is believed the jury's verdict is the largest Iowa verdict under Iowa's relatively new adult parental consortium statute. Case is still on Appeal
  • Two Rivers Bank and Trust et al v. Venture One et al.
  • Case went to trial and jury found defendants negligent and responsible for Plainitff's injuries & damages of over $3.6 million. Defendants appealed, the US Eighth Circuit Ct of Appeals upheld the jverdict and required the defendant’s to pay.


  • American Association for Justice
  • 2002 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • 2002 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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  • Oh Crap App IOS and Android Application
  • Oh Crap App
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Iowa Defense Counsel Annual Conference
  • Plaintiff's Counsel's Perspective on litigation ethics
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Cory
Wrongful death Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gourley represents his clients zealously and with a passion that translates into results. I have known him for many years and would not hesitate to trust him with any of my client's needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As having personally tried a case against Cory, I can attest to his superb skill and client advocacy in the courtroom, as well as his professionalism outside of it."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Cory. Aggressive, intelligent and skilled; excellent client advocate."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney. Highly knowledgable and succesful and getting great outcomes for his injured clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having known Mr. Gourley for more than a decade, I know first hand that he is an extremely dedicated, committed and ethical attorney. I 100% endorse this lawyer."
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Divorce and separation

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West Des Moines Wrongful death Lawyer Cory Frederick Gourley
Cory Frederick Gourley
Wrongful death Attorney
West Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation