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Pressley Henningsen

Brain injury Attorney at Cedar Rapids, IA

4.8   32 reviews

About Pressley

Learn Pressley’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    20%
    Many of my claims involve mild to severe brain injuries whether from construction site accidents, car or motorcycle crashes or falls at nursing homes. Brain injuries are unique injuries and require specialized knowledge.

    25 years

  2. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    20%
    All claims involving nursing home neglect: falls, pressure sores, burns, malnutrition, assault, dehydration, infections...unfortunately, I have seen it all.

    21 years

  3. Car accident
    15%
    Car crashes are horrible events. The last thing you need is an attorney to tell you things to make you "feel good". You need results. You need peace of mind. I've been helping folks my entire career. I can help you.

    25 years

  4. Medical malpractice
    15%
    I only accept medical malpractice cases involving wrongful death or life altering injuries that prevent employment and that are less than 12 months from the date of injury, unless they involve a child birth injury.

  5. Motorcycle accident
    15%
    I've handle numerous wrongful death and serious injury motorcycle cases since my first year in practice. Owned bikes all my life. Understand the need to handle bike cases differently than any other type of case.

    25 years

  6. Trucking accident
    15%
    Trucking cases require knowledge of federal regulations and state laws and also the unique issues related to the dynamics of these complex crashes. Our firm understands the trucking world and how insurance carriers defend these cases. I

    25 years

My name is Pressley and I am a trial lawyer. The only thing I am before that is a father of my two sons.  I have worked hard to live authentically in all aspects of my life. I always try to grow and learn. This has been true in my lawyering as well as my personal life – they are, in many ways, one in the same – because I am who I am, whether at home, meeting with clients, or in the courtroom.

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Licensed for 26 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 09/14/2022

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

Contact Pressley

RSH Legal, PC
425 2nd St SE
Suite 1140
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401-1848

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by Jim Solinger | December 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
The care my mother received while in a nursing home fell below acceptable standards. I received a recommendation on him and I contacted Pressley. I spoke to him, explained my case, and provided him with some additional information and then retained him to represent us. I have found him to be very knowledgeable; compassionate; understanding and empathetic. He or his paralegal Kim are always accessible and helpful.
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Posted by Douglas | May 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney, Professional, and Advocate
My father was the tragic subject of assisted living abuse at a facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Under the trusted care of his attendees they allowed him to lose over 40% of his body weight without alerting me of the problem. I live two thousand miles away and while I traveled to Cedar Rapids every three months to see my dad this situation evolved very rapidly - and wholly unexpectedly. On my last visit to see my dad I walked right past him and didn't recognize him. It was that bad. I took immediate action to help my father. I was, however, too late to save him. After several weeks of working day and night to help my father he succumbed to the effects of his abusive treatment at the facility and died. I was destitute. I loved and respected my father more than any person can possibly comprehend. Here is a man who fought for the freedoms we now enjoy and almost lost his life several times in battle. But now, under the trusted care of health care "professionals", he is neglected, wasting away, and sitting half naked in the lobby of the facility in his wheel chair, sitting in his own feces, as I walked in and didn't recognize him!!! After the shock of what happened I decided I simply could not allow this horrific treatment of someone else's parent be tolerated in Iowa ever again - EVER. I started an aggressive campaign with the State of Iowa. After several months of investigation the State of Iowa found the facility negligent and levied the most sever penalties the State can levy. I also realized, having spent my life in healthcare, that the operational managers and staff take their directives from their corporate owners: in this case, a very large corporation publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. I was surprised and frankly very disappointed almost every attorney I spoke with, in Iowa and several powerful firms outside of Iowa, were reluctant to take the case I knew had to be filed and litigated aggressively. Through this process, however, I was introduced to Mr. Pressley Henningsen, Esq. of Riccolo & Semelroth PC in Cedar Rapids. I flew to Cedar Rapids to meet with Mr. Henningsen personally. When I first met with him I knew immediately here was an extraordinary professional with not only the scholarly legal and litigation experience to properly execute adjudication of my father's tragic demise, but a man with uncompromising values and genuine outrage with the abusive treatment of the elderly. He shared my belief that my father's horrible end had to be brought before a judge and jury and, equally important, alert every person in Iowa to pay attention to the care of our elderly and seek to never, ever allow this abuse to happen again. Throughout the process I was extremely impressed with Mr. Henningsen and his team, and his partners at Riccolo & Semelroth. I've worked with many outstanding attorneys throughout my corporate life and none, and I mean this with all genuine sincerity, NONE could have been better counsel than Pressley. He and his team were the bulldogs in the pit I knew my father's legacy deserved to take on the corporate care-givers who neglected their responsibilities that directly led to the neglect and demise of my father. To this day, I can not thank Pressley, his team, and his firm enough for what they did for me and my family. They were there at a horrible time in my life provide the competent attention my father's negligent death required, and the thoughtful, humane, personal comfort I at times also needed. This was arguably the most difficult circumstance I had to face in my life, and without question the most devastating. Mr. Henningsen and his team were there and fully committed to do the right thing. And they did! Mr. Henningsen not only has my highest recommendation for his legal services that I can offer any attorney, he has my respect. Anyone seeking an attorney can be assured their interests will be effectively represented.
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Posted by Tom | May 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Will definitely use this firm again. Treated me with respect and walked me through the entire process of filing my lawsuit, Spoke to me using words and terms that "I" could understand.
Posted by Paul | May 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worker comp
Pressley was easy and keep me inform on my case and all I need to know and do.I am happy to have had him and will get him again if I will ever need a lawyer of his skill. I would also let others know that would be looking for a lawyer in his field.
Posted by Bob | May 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pressley Henningsen
I needed an attorney in the state of Iowa to represent my interests in an out of state auto accident.. Pressley Henningsen was very highly recommended by several people and did an outstanding job as my attorney.
Posted by Jackie | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive experience
I was very happy with my experience with Pressley. He was professional but easy to talk to and not intimidating. He did a great job explaining everything and answering all of my questions so I understood what was going on and what was going to happen at all times. He also was very easy to get ahold of and if I did have to leave a message he was very prompt at returning my calls. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Timothy | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't be happier!!
Both Presley and paralegal Brandi were very professional and thorough. They always answered all questions and explained all aspects of my case.
Posted by Sandy | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
uninsured motorist vehicle accident
My lawyer made me feel like I was a real person and that all that I had been through with my car accident, was important. To that point, I had felt so helpless, with all the medical bill coming in. I kept trying to pay something on all of them, but you eventually can't keep up. I had already struggled through the process getting my insurance to cover the total loss of my Jeep. (I would have rather had it fixed). But they totally it. It was just overwhelming, until Pressley Henningsen took over the day to struggles for me. It took a huge burden away, knowing someone had my back, and was working with these people on my behalf. I honestly don't think I would have made it through that tough situation without Pressley and his team! Thank you so very much!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I feel most fortunate that Pressley Henningsen is representing me. A friend referred me to Pressley after I had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in which a drunk driver totaled my car and sent me into a life-altering event both physically and emotionally. Mr. Henningsen calmed my fears and allowed me to concentrate on my ongoing rehabilitation process. He broke down complicated issues into simple understandable terms and answers my questions with compassion and remarkable clarity. Mr. Henningsen’s demeanor is one of kindness and professionalism—he is an outstanding individual. I have complete confidence in Pressely and am so glad that I acted upon my friend’s recommendation!
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Posted by Marian | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful service as well as caring
When my son was hurt from a construction accident Pressley was with us from the start. He was diligent and kept us apprised to what was happening in his case and ultimately after a long hard fought battle totaling 12 years we were triumphant. Pressley has become a name that is familiar to us, as well as imparting a sense of encouragement, we recommend him as a trustworthy lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
personal injury
I went in for a routine surgery that almost cost me my life. I have permanent damage. Pressley is the first lawyer that I met that treats me like a person and not a case number. He takes the time to know you and advise you in the best way possible. He will give it to you straight. He doesn't BS and that's what I wanted. You can tell he actually cares about his clients and wants the best possible outcome for them. I would recommend him. He is the representation of what lawyer should be. I am glad to have him as my attorney.
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Posted by Thomas | March 7, 2016
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Pressley Henningsen Review
Pressley accepted a very difficult case on my behalf. Pressley is very knowledgeable and I feel very confident that my concerns are being represented in a expeditious manner.
Posted by Doug | March 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retired
I worked with many different lawyers for six years. Most of them disappointed me. I would not only recommend Pressley Henningsen but I would and did hire him. Extremely competent and through.
Posted by Jim | March 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Review
Pressley is straight forward and doesn't bs or accept and bs. I found him very easy to work with because I always knew where I stood with him. Explained both sides of the issue and gave me wise advise without telling me what to do. He always respected my comments and ultimately my decision.
Posted by Kelli | March 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Auto accident
Pressley Henningsen was very personable and knowledgeable in helping me with dealing with my accident and bills that were adding up. He was very helpful and would definitely recomend him to another!
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motor Vehicle Accident
Mr. Henningsen is a phenomenal lawyer and person !!! He is excellent and so highly prepared to assist me in my ongoing case involving an intoxicated driver, who hit our vehicle. He is very upfront in his discussion with me. He tells it like it is !! Yet he is sincere, patient and kind when walking us thru this very emotional event. I truly feel I have THE expert on MVA working on my case. His knowledge dealing with MVA is immense, as one can appreciate when he explains the many variables involved in the process. I sincerely feel his expertise in dealing with my auto accident litigation, will result in a satisfying closure to a very life changing event. He always has time to thoroughly explain details and issues which can impact the case. He is sooooo patient with my questions. I feel fortunate to have been referred to Mr. Henningsen by a friend. My case is ongoing. I feel completely confident with him representing me. Having research and evaluated other Law Firms, I feel I have the BEST Lawyer and firm working for me. I am sooooo fortunate to have retained his services. firm working for me
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Posted by Mary | March 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Pressley took my case after several attorneys said it was not worth prosecuting. It was a wrongful death suit filed on behalf of my father who received poor care in a nursing facility resulting in significant pressure sores. I found him to be informative, fair, and very honest regarding possible outcomes. I have complete confidence in him, and highly recommend him. He is a nice guy to boot. The outcome of the case was quite favorable to my sister and me.
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Posted by Rick | February 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
work comp-work related injury
This was a difficult case and required a lot of research work and time and patience. I was completely satisfied with the timely response to my questions relating to my case. I am also very satisfied with final results. Thanks again,Pressley.
Posted by Brent | February 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chiropractic medical injury.
Pressley and everyone involved did a massive amount of research before my trial. From jury pick to Pressley's convincing closing, they were prepared for anything from the defense attorney. The result was the largest settlement the law firm had experienced to that date. Everyone at the law firm answered all of our questions and always made us feel comfortable.
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Posted by Ray | February 24, 2016
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Auto accident
Presley Henningsen was the best thing that happened to me out of my entire auto accident experience ,he and his staff kept in close contact with me at all times and if I ever had a question or concern someone was always there for me , Attorney Presley H enningsen in my mind Is the best of the best he will always be highly recommended by me and my family.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • RSH Legal
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Stanley Lande Hunter
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Associate
  • SRB&K
  • 1996 - 1999

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2015
  • NITA
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2002
  • University of Iowa
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Iowa
  • BA
  • 1994
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Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Jury Instruction Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • AAJ - Nursing Home Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Past President
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Iowa Association of Justice
  • CLE Chair
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
  • TOP 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Fellow
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Advocate
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2009
  • Meritorious Achievement Award
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • 2008
  • Excellance in Trial Advocacy - Stephenson Competition
  • University of Iowa
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting
  • Jury Instructions
  • 2015
  • Iowa Association for Justice - Annual Meeting
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (21)
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is an attorney with great knowledge of the law and cares deeply for his clients. I am happy to endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley Henningsen is an outstanding attorney. He holds the intellect, dedication and talent to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Perhaps equally important, Pressley genuinely cares about his clients and the struggles they are enduring. You simply cannot find a better lawyer to handle your case."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"Pressley has a compassionate heart that is unmatched and his wisdom is beyond compare. If you hire Pressley, you can rest assured that all your legal needs will be taken care of with the delicacy that they deserve."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is a caring and skilled attorney. Pressley not only has the compassion and determination to tell his clients' story but he truly wants to help them get justice. He is a great colleague and I recommend him with no reservations."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is a knowledgeable, thorough, and highly experienced trial attorney. In addition to his suburb trial skills, he is empathetic to his clients needs and he puts clients in front of everything else. With Pressley on your side, your story will be told with compassion and credibility. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Pressley is extremely knowledgeable and a true advocate for his clients. Not only is Pressley a brilliant trial lawyer, his compassion for his clients and his cases is beyond comparison."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is an excellent lawyer. He is honest, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. He cares deeply about those he represents, and he is always ready to fight for his clients. I highly recommend Pressley."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Other
"Pressley is a shockingly good lawyer. The first time I saw him do a closing, I was actually stunned. He is everything a lawyer -- especially a lawyer for injured people -- should be. I encourage anyone considering hiring him to do so."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Pressley is a truly elite attorney. His knowledge of the law and ability to connect with people puts him at the very top of this profession. I had the pleasure of meeting Pressley this past summer at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer College. He is a fantastic attorney and anyone would be very lucky to call him their advocate. Please do not hesitate to contact me: 406-587-3720 to discuss Pressley's credentials, Lucas J. Foust, Attorney at Law, Bozeman, Montana."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Pressley is one of the smartest, most committed, skilled, and energetic lawyers I have known. I highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pressley is one of the most persuasive people I know."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is an outstanding lawyer and individual. I had the opportunity to meet him and got to know him very well. He is a caring and thoughtful individual who would go the extra mile for you. Not only he shares the same qualities as an attorney, but he is exceptional. You are lucky to have him as your attorney and you will not be disappointed."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pressley is an exceptional trial lawyer. He''s incredibly smart and articulate. But what really sets him apart is the time and energy he puts into every case and every client to ensure his clients receive justice."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Other
"Pressley is a great lawyer that really cares about his clients. I've seen his trial skills first hand and was very impressed. Give him a call if you need some help."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Pressley at Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. Pressley has a very unique gift in the ability to connect with people. He is passionate about what he does and it shows in his work ethic. If you need an attorney in Iowa, Pressley is who you need to call. I cannot recommend him enough."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Pressley is a caring attorney who passionately fights for his clients. I would not hesitate to hire Pressley. He truly cares."
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