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John Owen Moeller

Criminal defense Attorney at Davenport, IA

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%

    44 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    35%

    44 years, 300 cases

  3. Administrative law
    10%

    34 years, 50 cases

  4. Appeals
    10%

    44 years, 40 cases

  5. Federal crime
    5%

    39 years, 25 cases

I ENJOY BEING A LAWYER AND HELPING MY CLIENT ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULT.

 ATTORNEY BIOGRAPHY

 

Education

University of Iowa, BGS, 1976.

University of Iowa College of Law, With Honors, December 1978.

 

Admitted to Practice

Iowa Supreme Court, January 1979.

U.S. Courts:

Southern District of Iowa
Northern District of Iowa
Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

 

I have prepared and tried to jury verdict almost 200 criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases and hundreds more trials and motions have been presented to a judge for decision in the 34 years I have been a lawyer. I have briefed and argued dozens of cases to Iowa and Federal Appellate Courts. These cases have ranged from a landlord tenant small claims case to weeks long products liability and federal conspiracy cases.

 


Publications:

Fire casualties: is a smoke detector to blame? Trial Magazine, Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, November,1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2019 2017 2016 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2015,2014
Top Contributor
2015 2014

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John O. Moeller Attorney at Law

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Antonio | February 5, 2015
Absolute Excellence
If it wasn't for John Moeller I hate to think where I would be at right now. Unfortunately I have dealt with other lawyers before and they are no where near as qualified and professional as John Moeller. When disaster struck for me John helped me keep my job, kept me from getting kicked out of the University of Iowa and eventually kept me out of prison. There is no other lawyer I would ever call for any legal services besides John. John and I worked closely together for over a year to build a defense against relentless prosecutors. It was a long battle but John helped guide me through it and together we succeeded. I owe more to John Moeller than I could ever express and am forever grateful for the help he provided me. When times are tough and it looks like there is no hope or end in sight do yourself a favor and let John Moeller help you.
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Posted by Kathleen | February 1, 2015
Put on top of your call list!
John Moeller assisted me with a DUI charge and then another traffic ticket charge which occurred after. I was honestly terrified of the potential damage these charges could do to my family life and career. I had made contacts with at least 5 other attorneys regarding my DUI case before connecting up with John. He was the most prompt to reply and most informative. I knew from the first conversation that I found the right person for me. He walked me through the entire process and answered my many, many questions. Very timely responses! He attended my court appearances allowing me not to have any missed work days. He makes it as easy for his clients as possible, even if the client is maybe not the most easiest person to deal with. John exudes a high level of confidence and his intelligence and experience is undeniable. Trust him to do right by you. He does it all at a very reasonable cost in comparison to most all others. Save yourself a lot of money and a lot of time and stress by making John Moeller your first (and your last) call.
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Posted by Douglas | September 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A++ Experienced Knowledgeable Fair
After going through 3 southeastern Iowa lawyers, a felony conviction, 3 years on the sex offender registry and completely loosing faith in the justice system, I found Mr. Moeller. My conviction has been vacated and I'm finally free of this awful mess. I am grateful! Thank you John
Posted by Monte | August 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
review
I have known John for more than 40 years and have found his advice to be straight forward and instrumental in my business and personal legal issues Thanks, John, for all you have done
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right choice
John worked with me for 3 years. He not only gave me real advice and outlook on my situation but made it a point to show genuine concern for me. I didn’t always like what he had to say but always appreciated he did not just tell me what I wanted to hear or what might give me a false sense of confidence. In the end I was happy to find out that my best case scenario was my outcome. I could not be happier with my choice to seek help with John.
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Posted by Karen | December 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, fair, and ethical
Attorney Moeller was instrumental in helping and guiding my family through a trying time with the justice system. He is extremely professional, caring, knowledgeable, truthful, candid, and personable. I appreciate the quick responses, returned phone calls, and the law firms tactfulness navigating when it came to court appearances during this Covid Era. Thank you for representing our family. Best regards! Two thumbs up!!!
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Posted by Matthew | January 19, 2021
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John is the best QC Lawyer
John helped me with a case and I could not be more happy with the outcome. John worked with me over the phone all summer long and into the winter to make sure that my case got handled the way I wanted it. John is professional, courteous, and full of information regarding the law. I would absolutely work with John again.
Posted by Sean | June 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
BY FAR THE BEST ATTORNEY. DON'T BOTHER CALLING ANYONE ELSE.
In 2016 I was on a deferred judgment for marijuana distribution. I used a different attorney at this time. And I regret not using John. 4 months before I was going to get off of probation I was charged with a class B felony 2 class C's and a class D Felony. Without hesitating the next day I went and hired John Moeller. Long story short. I didn't go to prison. We went to trial and it didn't go the way we wanted it to so we appealed it and he won the appeal. This guy is serious about fighting the fight for US. His customer service is better than I've ever seen. He's got so much experience that he can tell you based on other cases what is going to happen that way you have an idea. It's been a lot of ups and downs. But at the end of the day HE WON FOR ME! This guy knows what he's doing and he knows exactly what he's talking about. he won't bullshit you and you will not see you in the wrong direction just to get your money. Thank you John for everything that you've been doing we're lucky to have you!!! ❤️
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Posted by David | May 5, 2020
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Empathetic Expert
John was a referral from our current lawyer because of his expertise in dealing with insurance companies and the aftermath of an accident. His empathetic and personable demeanor professionalism and continued communication alleviated the stress of dealing with the physical and emotional impact of an accident on senior citizens and his ability to obtain a fair outcome is truly appreciated. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking an empathetic experts in their field.
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Posted by Armani | October 2, 2019
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From Prison to Freedom !
I am a 24 yr old young man from Seattle Wa that unfortunately ended up in Iowa’s court system. I was facing a lot of time in prison due to the 17 charges I was arrested for. It seemed like there was no hope for me and my future. Luckily my family got ahold of this great man named John Moeller. He developed a strategy for me that he guaranteed would give me the best possible opportunity for my situation. I took his advice and executed the steps he put in play for me and it payed off dramatically. Instead of the 10 year prison sentence I was facing I was given 4 months in a halfway house program. I am proud to say I graduated the program and I am now living a crime free life. My family and I truly thank John for his wisdom and services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Insightful, Honest, and Generous
I consulted Mr. John Moeller over the phone because I had a question regarding a deferred judgement and FBI background checks for employment. He told me what to expect, his experience in how to address this with future employers, and took a genuine interest in my situation. All this despite taking my unsolicited call after 5:00 pm. He offered his advice for free and wanted me to follow up with him so he could know it worked out for me and to gain more insight into how situations like mine would play out. I have not had a need for a criminal defense lawyer in quite some time, outside of answering my questions, but should I ever need representation Mr. Moeller will be among the first I call.
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Posted by Sarah | March 24, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Very professional and helpful
Called when he said he would ( on a Saturday) and spent a lot of time advising me about my case
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
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Christian
First and foremost, I give thanks to God for leading me to John Moeller. If you want a lawyer that goes the extra mile, John Moeller is your guy. From the moment I hired him, I knew I could trust him with my case. Even when I felt like giving up, john kept plugging away and actually took the time to explain things to me in a way that I could understand. Thanks to johns hard work, I have truly been given a second chance. WE WON! John Moeller is truly an awesome lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Gave excellent information on my concern. Very helpful and assuring regarding my concern.
Posted by CR | May 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Charges Dismissed!
I contacted John in early May about an outstanding felony warrant that I had from 3 years ago in Iowa. Wanting to address this issue and come back to family from out of state, I did a google search and it led me to Avvo. John was the first lawyer to pop up in my search and he had great reviews so I went with him. I called the number and John was the one to answer. John took the time to listen to me and from there he gave me theoretical outcomes. With the amount of time spent on the phone and the vast knowledge that John presented, I was willing to pay the small fee to have him dive into investigating what my options were, and I am glad I did. Within days John had did the legwork to get me the information I needed and a solution to my case after he went to the trouble of talking with the County Attorney's office for me. John came back with great news, that some restitution needed to be paid which I had no problem taking care of. But the most important things: the warrants were recalled and the charges dismissed. Being proactive about this issue I am sure helped me, but I couldn't have did it without John. Whole case was resolved in weeks. Thanks John!
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2018
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Stuck on the Mississippi
Hello. I was working in Iowa but am from Wisconsin. Naturally spending a little social time every week was greatly needed as when you live where you work it never stops. One night I get a dui. I was mortified. Hated myself for what happened. I looked around but came across John. He seemed very genuine and real. He took care of me throughout. I am very thankful that John represented me and in the end everything worked out better than I ever expected.
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Posted by Chris shadrick | November 11, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
5 stars
The consultation meeting was great!!! He’s a very intelligent man and ready for war at anytime!!! I highly recommend John moeller for all your legal matters!!!! He wastes no time and gets right on the ball, communicates very well and doesn’t feed you any bs!!! I will be hiring John for sure!!!!
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful
He clearly defined the law and what the options were to uphold the law. Quick responses.
Posted by Cody | October 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best around
Had gotten an owi third offense twice and i didnt think it looked good for me. Then i hired John and he worked my cases perfectly. He sticks by his clients til the end getting them exactly what they want and need. I wouldn't recommend any other lawyer!! I am still at home with my family, which I'm grateful to John everyday for. Thanks John!!
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Posted by Joe | October 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired John for a criminal case and he was outstanding, I was found not guilty with his help, and expertise. Not just any attorney could have done what John did. Thank You John. I highly recommend Mr Moeller
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate attorney
  • Newport, Buzzell ,Liebbe & Fortini
  • 1979 - Present

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - With Honors
  • 1978
  • University of Iowa
  • B.G.S.
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mercer vs. Pittway Corporation, 616 N.W.2d 601 (Iowa 2000)
  • Products liability case, punitive damages reversed on appeal and case remanded for retrial.
  • Roeder vs. Nolan, 321 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 1982)
  • U.S. v. Griffin, 482 F.3d 1008 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Requested relief denied
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Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Scott County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993

Publications

  • Trial Magazine
  • Fire casualties: is a smoke detector to blame?
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Learn Over Lunch CLE
  • Subpoenas for Protected Information
  • 2012
  • Patricia Rhodes Cepican CLE Series
  • Personal Injury and Divorce
  • 2008
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Personal Injury and Divorce
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (23)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with John on several family law related matters. I have found him to work towards a solution that benefits the family. He does not unnecessarily delay matters while still advocating for his client. However, I have also witnessed his work in criminal law matters and he truly shines in this area. I have referred clients to him, knowing that he will work diligently and be a fantastic advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is an ethical and knowledgeable attorney. I have had the pleasure of having a case with him where our client's were co-defendant's. He was very approachable and easy to work with. He is highly competent and skilled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Moeller's advice is spot on; as shown by the answers he has posted to questions on criminal defense law, he takes the time to answer questions in a common sense manner and plainly addresses legal issues. As a prosecutor, I have seen few criminal defense attorneys that have this ability."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
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