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John M. McHale

Personal injury Attorney at Council Bluffs, IA

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I graduated from law school at the University of Nebraska in 1982 and started employment with the Peters Law Firm immediately after passing the bar exam in June 1982.  Initially hired to perform all areas of the general practice of law, I was directed toward the area of litigation by senior members of the firm and have been practicing in that area since early in my career. 

My wife Sue and I were married in 1981 and are the parents of 4 children and currently the grandparents of 3 grandchildren and counting.  We have participated in many civic activities including the YMCA, coaching youth sports, volunteering at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and working on the boards for Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross, Micah House, St. Albert Catholic Schools and various fund raising efforts for local non-profit entities.

I have served as the president of the American Red Cross local chapter, St. Albert Regional Board of Education State of Iowa Legal Aid Board of Directors as well as the president of the Peters Law Firm, P.C. 

I am a member of the Iowa and Nebraska Bar Associations and have been named a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.  I also am a member of the Iowa Association for Justice.

My practice is evenly split between defending and prosecuting legal claims. I have tried numberous cases to jury verdict with favorable results in a wide variety of cases including drowning cases, medical malpractice, defective products, quadraplegia cases, farm accidents, contracts, will contests and toxic exposure in addition to automobile and workers compensation claims.

Licensed for 40 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 06/01/1982
State NE
Status Retired
Acquired 1982
Updated 10/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Peters Law Firm, P.C.
233 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA, 51502

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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
Satisfied customer!
We have been in business for almost 20 years. We have been sued a couple different times- some more serious than others. In all cases John represented our company better than I could have expected. Some of the many ways John impressed us are: he always kept us informed, he was respectful of our thoughts and ideas, he always had his game face on, he did his homework and most importantly...he has been able to show/represent our case to prove that we were not negligent ! John is extremely professional and I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for a top notch lawyer.
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Posted by Rick | March 18, 2015
John has helped us twice.
In the all the years our company has existed, we have been sued for negligence twice. Both times, our insurance company chose John McHale to represent us, and both times we were found not guilty of any wrongdoing by two different juries in two different counties. I give John McHale EXCELLENT ratings on his research, his detail, his knowledge, his courtroom presentation, his strategy, and his preparation, as well as his professional treatment of us, the judges, juries, witnesses and yes even the plaintiffs side. Additionally his communications to us before, during and after both trials was superb. Being rather new at this "being sued" thing, I was reassured when about half way through the first trial, the Clerk of Court, during a recess, said to me "I've been doing this for a lot of years and you never know how these trials will turn out, but I can tell you that your lawyer is good.......really good. I wish he lived here." Beyond a doubt, If ever we find ourselves in a similar situation, I want John to represent us!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Peters Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1982 - Present

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • St. John's University
  • B. A.
  • 1979

Associations

  • Legal Aid Society of Iowa
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society of Iowa
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - Present
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa Association of Justice
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • St. Albert Award
  • St. Albert Catholic Schools
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Pottawattamie County Bar Association
  • Direct Examination
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Council Bluffs Personal injury Lawyer John M. McHale
John M. McHale
Personal injury Attorney
Council Bluffs, IA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation