Monthly Archives: September 2017

Iowa Court of Appeals Holds Contraband Found on a Vehicle’s Passenger Alone Does Not Provide Probable Cause to Search Entire Vehicle

September 21, 2017

  The Iowa Court of Appeals recently reversed two drug convictions and ordered a new trial for Shannon See, holding that the contraband found during a warrantless search of her person and vehicle should have been suppressed for lack of probable cause.  The Court’s opinion relied heavily on the particular factual circumstances. On February 15, […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Holds Accelerating Effective Resignation Date Does Not Amount to ‘Involuntary Termination’ Under Employment Contract

  Opinion Summary In Bradshaw v. Cedar Rapids Airport Comm’n, No. 16-1639, Plaintiff Bradshaw sued his former employer, the Cedar Rapid Airport Commission, arguing the Commission owed him severance pay pursuant to his employment contract.  The contract provided for twelve months’ severance if the Commission involuntarily terminated Bradshaw.  Conversely, Bradshaw would receive no severance if […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Holds Injured Employee Failed to Timely File Petition Relative to Cumulative Back Injury

  In Myers v. R.R. Donnelly & Sons Co., No. 17-0306, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that an employee failed to file his claim for worker’s compensation within the statutory two year period, and as a result dismissed his claim. Under Iowa’s Worker’s Compensation laws, injured employees must file a claim within two years […]


Donna Miller Named Director for Women’s Business Organization

September 13, 2017

  Donna Miller, partner with Grefe & Sidney, has been named a Director for the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).  Her responsibilities will include creating the first ever leadership institute for women business owners in Iowa. Founded more than 25 years ago, NAWBO Iowa is affiliated with and supports […]


“How Can I Get Out of Jury Duty?” and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Jury Duty in Iowa

September 1, 2017

  As trial lawyers, this is one question we confront frequently. The question is understandable. People often worry about missing work, arranging care for their children, or are uncomfortable serving on a jury. However, serving on a jury is a public service, and can also be a rewarding and interesting experience. The right to a […]