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About me

I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa and left in 1988 to study English and Music Performance (cello) at the University of Iowa.  After graduating in four years with a double major, I took a weekend off and started law school in May 1992.


I clerked for the Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman law firm in Waterloo during the summer of 1994, which led to a permanent position as an Associate in February 1995 after completing the bar exam.  I've been with the Firm ever since, currently as a Partner.


I married my wife Michelle in 1996 and together we settled in Cedar Falls, her hometown.  She is an Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching elementary music methods.  We have two children, Elizabeth and Matthew.  We love music, traveling and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeye football team and staying active at Prairie Lakes Church.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Car Accident: 25%
  3. Defective Products: 15%
  4. Litigation: 15%
  5. Appeals: 5%


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Contact info

Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, P.L.C.

3151 Brockway Road
PO Box 810
Waterloo, IA, 50704


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Justice AwardIowa Association for Justice2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman2005 - Present
AssociateDutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman1995 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast IowaBoard Member2015 - Present
Cedar Falls Tigers Booster ClubSecretary2015 - Present
Iowa Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2006 - Present
Black Hawk County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Iowa Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
Friends of the UNI MuseumsPresident2008 - 2013
Waterloo Visiting Nursing AssociationBoard Member1996 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of IowaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConventionProtecting Student Athletes in Iowa2015