I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. I have two brothers and three sisters.
My Dad worked at the Dubuque Packing Company and also had his own sodding and landscaping company. I do not know when he slept. My mother took care of everything else, and I think her job was even harder.
I started working summers for my Dad's landscaping business when I was 12 and continued that work through college. During high school and college I also had jobs delivering auto parts, stocking shelves, selling appliances and working third shift clean up at FDL Foods.
During law school I worked as a prosecuting intern for the Dubuque County Attorney and the Johnson County Attorney. These jobs gave me a tremendous opportunity to handle trials in low level offenses, and get a head start on gaining trial experience.
I graduated from law school and started practicing law in 1986. In my early days as a lawyer I handled a lot of different types of cases. However, I quickly figured out that I enjoyed litigation the most, and over the years developed my practice in that direction.
I handle workers' compensation and personal injury cases all over the State of Iowa. I enjoy getting to travel around the state and meet new people and see new places.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Award||Iowa State Bar Association||2004|
|Volunteer Lawyer Award||Iowa Legal Aid||2004|
|Partner||Gilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C.||1986 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Iowa State Bar Admissions||Bar examination grader||2007 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Dubuque County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|University of Iowa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Loras College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|Iowa Association for Justice Fall Workers' Compensation Seminar||Best Practices for Representing Claimants in Iowa Workers' Compensation Cases||2013|
|Case Management: Care of Work-Related Injuries||Legal Issues In Nurse Case Management||2009|
|Zearley v. Exide Technologies, Inc. and American Zurich Insurance Company||Permanent total disability award for my client|
|Lee v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and American Home Assurance Company||Permanent total disability award for my client|
|Ewing v. American National Property and Casulty Co., 752 NW2d 31 (Table) (Iowa App. 2008)||Successful|
|Webb v. Spahn & Rose Lumber Co., 665 NW2d 440 (Table) (Iowa App. 2003)||Successful|
|Jalas v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 505 NW2d 811 (Iowa 1993)||Successful|
|Weigel v. Weigel, 467 NW2d 277 (Iowa 1991)||Successful|