Skip to main content

L. Craig Nierman

Attorney at Iowa CIty, IA

5.0   6 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About L. Craig

Learn L. Craig’s areas of practice.

Practice area

Mr. Nierman is an arbitrator and mediator, helping to resolve insurance, healthcare, business, and employment matters.

He spent seven years working in claim management for one of the world’s largest insurance companies before graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law with high distinction in 1999; he was then inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Craig’s civil litigation practice has included numerous jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, as well as appeals. Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest peer-review rating: AV-Preeminent. Clients have included hospitals, insurers, tech companies, international entities, non-profits, government agencies, as well as individuals and families. His primary practice areas have been:

Insurance Law
Handling third party (e.g., wrongful death, injury, property, etc.) and first party (e.g., health, life, “no fault,” business interruption, property, crop, etc.) claims, extracontractual damages, agent/broker errors and omissions allegations, carrier/producer disputes, and subrogation cases.

Health Care Claims
Representing medical providers (e.g., hospitals, physician practice groups, etc.) as well as claimants in complex reimbursement and revenue cycle issues, medical malpractice cases, provider contracts, general liability claims, etc.

Business and Employment Disputes
Working on contract litigation, commercial torts, employment and benefit claims, consumer disputes, real estate development and leasing matters, acquisitions, corporate governance issues, ownership conflicts, intellectual property claims, and taxation matters.

The American Arbitration Association as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have named him to their national panel of arbitrators. He chairs the Iowa State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is actively involved with numerous other professional organizations such as the American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Health, as well as Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Sections) and the American Academy of ADR Attorneys. He frequently speaks at professional seminars and publishes on arbitration and mediation issues. The Business Law textbook he co-authored is now in its third edition.

Craig married his high school sweetheart; they have two adult children and have been a part of the Iowa City community since 1993.


Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Contact L. Craig

Phelan Tucker Law


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Devon | October 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accident Claim
My wife, 9 month old son, and myself were rear ended while at a dead stop on Hwy 965. The accident was so forceful that it pushed our vehicle with brakes applied into the vehicle in front of us. Our vehicle was totaled in the accident. Thank god we suffered no critical injuries. What persuaded us to approach Craig was that the insurance payout for our totaled vehicle left us short of $3,500 paying off the loan. We also wanted to be reimbursed for medical expenses of about $500 after insurance. After rolling our remaining vehicle loan into the loan for our new vehicle, I kind of accepted that we wouldn't get much out of the insurance company and kind of blew the process off. Craig remained persistent and did almost everything on his own. I kept forgetting to return his phone calls and he actually came out to the house to get final paperwork signed. To our amazement the final settlement was over $24,000. I don't know what he did and I don't care. His work, manner, and determination were amazing. I would recommend him with complete confidence to anyone in an accident.
Read less
Posted by Shane | February 9, 2015
Amundson vs Insurance company
I was unknowingly renting a house to people who were suspected and then found guilty of using and producing meth amphetamine. As a result of this production, the house was not safe to live in and had to be gutted. My insurance company refused my claim site unseen based on methamphamine being a "pollutant." Ignoring the fact that is also something that is smoked, and my policy clearly covers smoke damage. Not to mention it is an illegal act and caused the house to be unlivable, therefore falling under malicious mischief or vandalism. I was referred to Craig through a serious of inquiries as to a lawyer who might be able to help me with this situation, as i obviously felt that my claim to my insurance company should have been paid. Through a yearlong process, Craig worked diligently to try to make my insurance company understand that they needed to pay my claim. They continually declined, forcing us to file in court and go through a yearlong process. I was always informed of any activity or conversations with the insurance company and their representatives, and eventually our case went to mediation. We agreed to settle our case out of court for what we felt was a fair settlement, and i am very happy with how this whole process turned out. I can't thank Craig enough, and i would definitely recommend him to anyone needed a lawyer.
Read less
Posted by John | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always well prepared
Craig was extremely knowledgeable and tried to limit our expenses. Always friendly yet is not afraid to stand up for you.
Posted by Tina | August 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Mr. Nierman was my Attorney for a year and I highly recommend him if you want to win your case. He kept in contact with me with all matters of my case. Most of all he listens and cares what you have to say.He works hard to get the job done. So glad I had him to represent me. At the end I am so so happy with the outcome. Thank you so much Mr. Nierman.
Read less
Posted by Nathan | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Mr, Craig Nierman
Excellent presentation of facts and clear ideas. Was thorough with evidence and helped jury come to conclusion. Walked me through the whole legal process and taught me everything about the case and answered any questions I had.
Posted by Jon | November 24, 2010
Very Pleased
Craig drafted several estate planning documents (e.g. wills, power of attorneys, and power of appointments) for my wife and me after we had our first child. He was very helpful explaining what each document of meant, how they work, and why he drafted them the way he did. He was patient and took the time to make sure the documents would achieve exactly what my wife and I wanted. Craig is very knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive. I highly recommend his services. His fee was quite reasonable for the quality of work that I received.
Read less
View less reviews


We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Partner
  • Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Business Law Lecturer
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Insurance Law
  • Handong Global University Law School
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor, Insurance Law
  • University of Iowa Law School
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Expert Witness
  • Insurance Litigation
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Attorney & President
  • Nierman Law, P.L.C.
  • 2001 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Dell Richard Law Office
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Claims Specialist
  • State Farm Insurance
  • 1990 - 1997
View all work experience


  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Client v. Auto Owners
  • Settlement for more three times the original claim.
  • Client v. Palmer
  • Settlement involving all coverages
  • Confidential
  • Won
View all legal cases


  • American Association for Justice
  • Insurance and Bad Faith Litigation Groups
  • 2004 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Professionalism Committee Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Member
  • Order of the Coif
  • 1999
  • Law Merit Scholar
  • Univeristy of Iowa College of Law
  • 1998


  • Iowa State Bar Association publication
  • Iowa Insurance Law
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Insurance Section Annual Meeting
  • Insurance Experts
  • 2016
  • Conservatorships and Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • 2016
  • Business Law Class
  • Torts
  • 2016
  • Business Law and Advanced Business Law Classes
  • Civil Litigation
  • 2015
  • Business Law and Advanced Business Law Classes
  • Civil Litigation
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Dealing With Claim Adjusters
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Health Insurance Law
  • 2012
  • Fast Track
  • Entity Selection
  • 2011
  • Fast Track
  • Entity Selection
  • 2010
  • Fast Track
  • Entity Selection
  • 2010
  • Law Student Orientation
  • Life After Law School
  • 2009
  • Law Student Orientation
  • Life After Law School
  • 2008
  • People's Law School
  • Insurance Issues
  • 2006
  • Regular Meeting
  • The High Calling of Legal Ethics
  • 2004
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Ten Pitfalls To Avoid When Dealing With Adjusters
  • 2004
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Insurance Companies Demystified
  • 2003
  • Community Seminar
  • Insurance Issues
  • 2000
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (9)
Endorse L. Craig
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a highly skilled litigator who exercises sound judgment without compromising the ethical responsibilities that lawyers are expected to adhere."
Insurance Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is an active lawyer in the Iowa Association of Justice and often provides advice, input, and a friendly word here and there to other attorneys. His ability to help other attorneys demonstrates how well informed and intuitive he is when it comes to the law. He also has a friendly demeanor and is quick to respond to emails, which are qualities that all clients should be looking for and likely want from their attorneys."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Other
"Craig served as the attorney-leader for the University of Iowa's Christian Legal Society when I was in law school. Craig's dedication to helping legal students made a big impact on me and says a lot about his character!"
Insurance Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure working opposite Craig in a family law matter. What I was most impressed by was Craig’s zealous dedication to his client’s best interests and his ability to remain calm and professional during times when a lesser lawyer might be susceptible to losing his or her composure. I am also familiar with Craig’s reputation as remarkably knowledgeable in the area of insurance law, an area in which he is held in the highest regard. I without reservation recommend Craig as an attorney and am proud to call him a colleague."