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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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!
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2007||12/17/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2019|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2017|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Great Plains Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Association of Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers||National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2013|
|Partner/Owner||Stowers & Sarcone||2014 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Stowers Law Firm||2010 - Present|
|General Trial Attorney||Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Iowa Association for Justice||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Attorny Member||2013 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|The Iowa Trial Lawyer||Civil Asset Forfeiture: It's all about the Profit||2015|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||N/A||2019|
|University of Iowa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Saint Louis University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Iowa State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||General Criminal Law Issues||2019|
|Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual CLE||Sex Crimes||2018|
|Iowa Law School CLE||Basics of a Criminal Case||2015|
|Iowa Association for Justice Annual Meeting||Legislative Update||2015|
|Iowa Association for Justice||Asset Forfeiture||2015|
|Drake Fraternity/Sorority Annual Educational Meeting||Basic Criminal Law||2015|
|Blackstone Inn of Court Monthly Meeting||Property Seizure and Asset Forfeiture||2015|
|Iowa Law School||Basics of a Criminal OWI Case||2014|
|Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Monthly Meeting||Discovery in a Criminal Case||2014|
|Criminal Law CLE||Litigating a Criminal Case||2014|
|State v. Goodwin||Not Guilty|
|In Re Property Seized From Pardee||Victory in Iowa Supreme Court!|
|State v. Hanrahan||Reversed on Appeal, Conviction Overturned and Property Returned!|
|State v. Blemke||Evidence Suppressed, Case Dismissed.|
|State v. Formo||Not Guilty|
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