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About me

My interests and hobbies include guitar, biking, triathlon, crossword puzzles, and reading. I speak Spanish and can represent Spanish speaking clients.

I live in Iowa City with my spouse and three children.

I am Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by my peers in Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Rating.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
    1 year
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    1 year
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    1 year
  4. Juvenile: 5%
    1 year


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven G. Klesner

    David is a skilled and experienced family law lawyer. He is committed to serving his clients' interests. He is the lawyer I would want to be representing me if I needed one. Also, I am familiar with the circumstances of the reprimand. It concerned a firm administration issue. It was not related to David’s abilities, his honesty or integrity, and it had no impact on his clients. It in no way affects my view of him as a person or lawyer.


    Steven Klesner Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, LLC

1927 Keokuk Street
Iowa City, IA, 52240


MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees199407/15/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in IA, 2013


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    David’s comment: “This reprimand concerned a firm administration issue, was not related to David's abilities and honesty, and had no impact on David’s clients.”

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJohnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, LLC1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa State Bar FoundationN/A1996 - Present
Johnson County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Johnson County Bar Association Family Law DivisionN/A1996 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association Family Law DivisionN/A1996 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
St John's UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990