I’m Tim Semelroth. I grew up in Hiawatha, Iowa. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and I’m a dad to three strong-willed kids.
Who do you represent?
I only work for people dealing with death or injury because of someone else’s fault.
What led you to this work?
My dad worked in a factory and my mom was a teacher. They worked hard, played by the rules and raised five kids. Thankfully, they didn’t have reason to hire a lawyer after a tragedy, but if they did, they would have had no idea who to call.
When you graduate from law school, you have to decide who you want to represent. Some people choose to work for corporations. Some people choose to work for the government.
I decided I was most comfortable representing working people – people like my parents.
What motivates you to do what you do?
When I started high school, I was five feet, two inches tall. I wrestled in the 90-pound weight class. I know what it’s like to be the little guy.
It really bothers me to see those with power – particularly insurance corporations – take advantage of people who don’t have the knowledge or the opportunity to stand up for themselves. I am forever amazed by the lengths that the insurance industry will go to deny or lowball a legitimate claim. It keeps me very busy and a little ticked off.
It’s always an honor when someone asks you to be their voice, particularly at one of the most difficult times in their life. I can sleep at night because I know I’m always working for the right side.
What do you do when you are not working as an attorney?
I volunteer as den leader for my son’s Cub Scout pack even though I’m horrible at making pinewood derby cars.
I play on a sand volleyball team with guys from high school even though our vertical leaps are receding faster than our hairlines.
When the weather isn’t nice enough for volleyball, I coach scary-smart kids on middle and high school mock trial teams.
And when we find an opening in our family’s ridiculously busy calendar, we try to go on vacations. I’ve found that nothing makes me appreciate Iowa more than a little time away from home.
If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be doing?
I would probably be a teacher like my mom. Well, not exactly like my mom because she taught home economics and I’m not a very good cook. But I’ve always enjoyed learning and helping people find answers. There are a lot of similarities between what I try to do in a courtroom and what a teacher does in a classroom.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Great Plains Super Lawyers||2018|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|10 out of 10||Avvo||2015|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2005|
|Partner||RSH Legal||2001 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||University of Iowa College of Law||2005 - 2010|
|Associate||Riccolo & Baker, PC||1998 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American College of Trial Lawyers||Member||2019 - Present|
|International Society of Barristers||Member||2017 - Present|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||"F" Warrior||2016 - Present|
|American Inns of Court||Master||2015 - Present|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||Member||2012 - Present|
|Iowa Foundation for Justice||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates (Iowa chapter)||President||2016 - 2017|
|Iowa State Bar Association, Litigation Section||Chair||2015 - 2016|
|Iowa Association for Justice||President||2008 - 2009|
|Iowa Legal Aid||Board of Governors||2007 - 2016|
|American Bar Association (Iowa chapter)||Chair||2003 - 2007|
|University of Iowa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Drake University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar||Focus Groups: Harnessing the Wisdom of the Crowd||2018|
|Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention||Eight Ways to Wreck Your Truck Case||2018|
|Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Annual Conference||Prudence v. Negligence: Managing Risk in Concussion Response||2018|
|ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Property Damage Conference||Sticky Situations in the World Wide Web: How the Internet Can Cost Attorneys Verdicts, Reputations and Even Their Law Licenses||2018|
|Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting||What’s Between Me and A 1/3 Fee? - Landmines in General Personal Injury Claims||2017|
|Iowa State Bar Assocation Annual Meeting||Let’s Make a Deal: Strategies for Negotiating With (or Without) Mediation||2017|
|Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar||Landmines in Personal Injury Cases||2015|
|Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar||Discovery of Social Media: How to Ethically Get What You Need||2015|
|Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention||Nothing “Minor” About It: Iowa Civil Litigation When Children Are Involved||2014|
|Estate of Kathleen Haptonstall and William Haptonstall Individually v. State of Iowa||$2.5 million settlement|
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