Monthly Archives: June 2024

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Expert’s Unsworn Signature Does Not Substantially Comply with Section 147.140’s Affidavit Requirement

June 18, 2024

The Iowa Supreme Court followed a history of enforcing timely sworn statements in reversing a recent district court’s decision denying defendants’ dispositive motions in a medical malpractice suit. Defendants asserted, “(1) the unsworn, signed letter did not comply with section 147.140’s affidavit requirement, and (2) the expert, an anesthesiologist, was unqualified to testify against the […]


Grefe and Sidney Welcomes New Drake Law Dean Roscoe Jones, Jr.

Grefe and Sidney attorneys recently attended a welcome banquet for Drake Law School’s incoming Dean, Roscoe Jones, Jr. Jones noted several goals he wants to accomplish in his new role, including bringing together Drake Law School students and the Des Moines legal community. The firm has several Drake alumni attorneys and is excited to see […]


Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson Obtain Clients’ Dismissal with Motion for Summary Judgment

Attorneys Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson recently obtained dismissal of a landowner and property manager in a dog bite case. Plaintiff relied on Thompson v. Kaczinski, 774 N.W.2d 829 (Iowa 2009) to argue Defendants owed her a duty and asked that the Court apply the general duty of reasonable care against Defendants. Mark and Dariann […]