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Erik has experience primarily in real estate, business and employment law, and litigation in business, employment, real estate, and construction issues.


Erik is also a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), and he aims to evaluate not only the legal, but practical implications of decisions that disputes, problem employees, training issues, or a letter from OSHA force on his clients specifically, but employers more broadly.  In addition to teaching at the university level, Erik has extensive training experience and is a frequent speaker on legal issues.


You can learn more about Erik via the following:

Erik also publishes a blog addressing employment law issues from the employer's perspective at


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 35%
    12 years
  2. Family: 20%
    12 years
  3. Business: 20%
    12 years
  4. Government: 15%
    12 years
  5. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    12 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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Contact info

Whitfield & Eddy, PLC

699 Walnut, Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA, 50309


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer & Judge Review - BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Highest HonorsDrake University Law School2005
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif2005
The Jeff Gilbert Memorial Writing AwardDrake Law Review2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWhitfield & Eddy, PLC, Des Moines, Ia2012 - Present
Adjunct InstructorDes Moines Area Community College2006 - 2008
AssociateWhitfield & Eddy, PLC, Des Moines, Ia2005 - 2011
Associate InstructorIndiana University1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa State Bar AssociationReal Estate & Title Law Section Council2014 - Present
Greater Des Moines PartnershipInternship Initiative Task Force2013 - Present
Greater Des Moines PartnershipMember - Attraction and Retention Council2013 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementSPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)2012 - Present
Blackstone American Inn of CourtAssociate2012 - Present
Central Iowa Chapter of SHRMMember2012 - Present
Polk County Volunteer Lawyer's ProjectVolunteer2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
International Association of Defense Counsel Trial AcademyN/A2011 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate (A Division of BLR)Iowa Employment Law Letter (Various)2014 (A Division of BLR)Iowa Employment Law Letter (Various)2013
Employer Oriented Legal BlogIowa HR Lawyer2013
Wolters Kluwer publicationState by State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims2013
BLR - Business and Legal ResourcesIowa - 50 Employment Laws in 50 States2012
Aspen PublishersState-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims2011
Defense Update: The Iowa Defense Counsel Association NewsletterThe "I'm Sorry" Law - A New Instrument for Professionals and the Defense2007
Access to Government in the Computer Age : an Examination of State Public Records LawEmail, Public Records and Public Meetings Statutes, and Their Impact on Public Employee Privacy in Cyberspace2007
Drake Law ReviewStigma Damages in Construction Defect Litigation: Feared by Defendants, Championed by Plaintiffs, Awarded by (Almost) No Courts – What Gives?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Indiana University-BloomingtonCommunicationMA - Masters2001
Drake University Law SchoolEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Stormwater RegulationStormwater Permits2014
Webinar on Guns in the WorkplaceGuns in the Workplace2013
Resolving Local Access and Road DisputesQuiet Title Actions2013
Nationwide WebinarWeather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, and More2013
Lunch PresentationIs this Discrimination?2013
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment LawFLSA/Wage & Hour Compliance2013
FMLA Master ClassFMLA - Military Leave2013
FMLA Master ClassFMLA - New Developments2013
Annual MeetingEmployment Law for the Super HR Department2013
Employment Law SeminarFLSA / Wage & Hour Crackdown2012
Advanced Issues in Real Estate LawEnvironmental Issues - Contaminated Property Transactions2012
2012 Family Law SeminarCloud Computing in Family Law2012
Construction Contracts and ClaimsContract Basics and Stopping Work2009
LLC OverviewIs an LLC Right for You?2008
Construction Contracts and ClaimsLocal and Federal MBE/DBE Requirements2008
Iowa State Bar AssociationThe Online Pusherman: Regulation of Spam and Online Pharmaceutical Sales2006