I enjoy being a lawyer and helping my client achieve the best possible result.
University of Iowa, BGS, 1976.
University of Iowa College of Law, With Honors, December 1978.
Admitted to Practice
Iowa Supreme Court, January 1979.
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.
Fire casualties: is a smoke detector to blame? Trial Magazine, Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, November,1999.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Associate attorney||Newport, Buzzell ,Liebbe & Fortini||1979 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Trial Magazine||Fire casualties: is a smoke detector to blame?||1999|
|University of Iowa College of Law||JD - With Honors||1978|
|University of Iowa||B.G.S.||1976|
|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|
|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|
|Harmon vs. Teamsters, Chauffeurs and Helpers, Local Union 371 and U.S. Department of Labor, 832 F.2d, 976 (7th Cir. 1987)||Trial court affirmed|
|United States vs. Oronia-Vera, 565 F.3d. 1074 (2009)||Charges dismissed|
|Blanchard vs. Country Preferred Insurance Company, 2011 WL5877020, Iowa Court of Appeals||Successful appeal|
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