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If you are facing federal or state criminal charges you deserve your best defense.

Choosing a lawyer is a big deal. Your liberty is in our hands. Whether you have been caught in a bad circumstance or made a series of bad decisions, I have seen it before and you don’t have to face it alone. I will put my experience of representing thousands of people in state and federal criminal court to work for you and I intend to get you the best possible result.

When I worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office while in law school at the University of Iowa, I had the realization that no matter the crime, everyone deserves a skilled, intelligent advocate working tirelessly to give them their best defense. If I were charged with a crime I would expect that, so why shouldn’t you? I believe that every person deserves the best possible defense. You are probably nervous, worried, scared and likely angry. That is natural. You want someone to deal with the problem and help you get the best outcome. That’s where I come in.

After my summers in the Federal Defender Office in San Francisco and the Federal Defender Office in Des Moines, I became an Assistant Public Defender in Tampa, FL. For the last several years I have been in private practice. I’ve represented thousands of clients facing charges ranging from simple assault to complex federal drug conspiracies to sexual assault, burglary, robbery and beyond. I’ve taken many of those clients to jury and bench trials. I have also argued some of their cases before the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. It is likely that I have handled a case not unlike yours.

When I represent you, you can expect me to: communicate, counsel and advocate.

Communication. Communication is the key to any good relationship. Yes, I am busy. It is my intention to return phone calls and emails as quickly as possible. I also make it a priority to explain issues in your case and break them down so you understand them. Let’s face it, the law isn’t simple or easy (that’s why I went to law school) and that is why I am here.

Counsel. They don’t call us counselors for nothing. I am a straight shooter. I’m going to give you the most well reasoned advice I can give, even if you dislike it. I often counsel clients about steps they can take while their case is pending–to better themselves and their case. My job is to counsel you to the best outcome, whatever that may be.

Advocate. My job is to dig into your case and make sure no stone is left unturned. No record left unsubpoenaed. No motion left unfiled. Getting great plea deals, winning motions to suppress and getting cases dismissed requires creativity, skill and ingenuity in the approach to your defense.  This becomes particularly important in trial or if I need to take your case before the Iowa Supreme Court.

I’m also privileged to practice law with Dean Stowers. Dean has a brilliant legal mind. We operate our office as a team. We strategize together, offer suggestions and advice and we both love to win.

Choosing a lawyer is a big deal. Your liberty is in our hands. It can be an overwhelming experience. While I cannot promise you what the outcome of your case will be, I can promise that I will put my experience and dedication to work for you.  I look forward to your call!

Areas of Practice

  • Adult and Juvenile Criminal Defense


  • Federal Criminal Defense

  • Drug Crimes

  • Property Seizure & Forfeiture

  • Sex Crimes

  • Traffic Violations

  • Assault

  • Alcohol Crimes

  • Robbery & Burglary Crimes

  • Child Pornography Crimes

  • Theft, Fraud, Forgery & Related Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007

  • Iowa, 2008

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2010

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2010

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa

    • J.D. - 2007

  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis , Missouri

    • B.A. - 2004

    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

    • Major: Political Science

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Public Defender Northern District of California, Clerk, May 1, 2005 - August 15, 2005

  • Federal Public Defender Southern District of Iowa, Clerk, May 1, 2006 - August 15, 2006

  • Hillsborough County Public Defender - Tampa, Florida, Assistant Public Defender, August 1, 2007 - October 1, 2008



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 10%
    9 years
  3. Federal Crime: 10%
    7 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    9 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mary Elizabeth Coleman

    In my practice when I have had a question regarding criminal defense work Nick is the first call I make. Intelligent, knowledgable and zealous for his clients I wouldn't hesitate to send family, friends and clients to him.


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    Relationship: Friend

  • Daniel Joseph Rothman

    Nic is a highly respected lawyer in our community and he has earned it by demonstrating his abilities on his client’s behalf. I can confidently endorse Nic to help any would be client, with a federal case.


    Daniel Rothman DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Stowers and Sarcone, PLC

650 South Prairie View Drive
West Des Moines, IA, 50266


FLMember in Good Standing200706/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Great Plains Rising StarsSuperLawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Association pf Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Association of Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 10 Criminal Defense LawyersNational Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/OwnerStowers & Sarcone2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyStowers Law Firm2010 - Present
General Trial AttorneyHillsborough County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Association for JusticeAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Academy of Criminal Defense AttorneysAttorny Member2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2010 - Present
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2008 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Florida BarAttorney Member2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. GoodwinNot Guilty
In Re Property Seized From PardeeVictory in Iowa Supreme Court!
State v. HanrahanReversed on Appeal, Conviction Overturned and Property Returned!
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Iowa Trial LawyerCivil Asset Forfeiture: It's all about the Profit2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis UniversityN/AN/AN/A
University of Iowa College of LawN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iowa Law School CLEBasics of a Criminal Case2015
Iowa Association for Justice Annual MeetingLegislative Update2015
Iowa Association for JusticeAsset Forfeiture2015
Drake Fraternity/Sorority Annual Educational MeetingBasic Criminal Law2015
Blackstone Inn of Court Monthly MeetingProperty Seizure and Asset Forfeiture2015
Iowa Law SchoolBasics of a Criminal OWI Case2014
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Monthly MeetingDiscovery in a Criminal Case2014
Criminal Law CLELitigating a Criminal Case2014