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Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney Obtain Favorable Jury Verdict in Underinsured Motorist Case

April 1, 2022

Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, in an underinsured motorist claim in Polk County, Iowa. The case arose out of a rollover motor vehicle accident that occurred in Des Moines, Iowa in which the plaintiff was seeking underinsured motorist benefits […]


Stella Maris Strohman Joins Grefe & Sidney

We are pleased to announce that Stella Maris Strohman has joined Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. Stella Maris Strohman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from Iowa State University while competing on the Iowa State women’s soccer team. Stella Maris then attended Drake University Law School, graduating with honors in 2021. During her time in […]


Guy Cook Speaks in Recognition of Judge Jarvey’s Retirement

On March 4, Guy Cook had the privilege of speaking at the special session of court held in honor of Federal Chief Judge John A. Jarvey’s recent retirement. Judge John Jarvey was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in 2007 by President George W. Bush. In 2015, he […]


Ben Erickson Secures Defense Verdict

On March 1, 2022, Ben Erickson obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local business. The case stems from claims that Erickson’s client negligently caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to Plaintiff’s property. The case proceeded to trial on February 21, 2022. After considering the evidence presented at trial, including contradictory statements harvested […]


Class Action Notice – JOHN DOE, and all others similarly situated v. BARNSTORMERS BASKETBALL, INC. d/b/a BARNSTORMERS BASKETBALL OF IOWA

March 8, 2022

On September 23, 2021, the Honorable John A. Jarvey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, entered an order certifying a class composed of individuals victimized by Gregory S. Stephen. Grefe & Sidney, PLC attorneys Guy R. Cook and Benjamin T. Erickson have been appointed as class counsel. […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Finds Shooting on Property Was Outside Property-Owners’ Scope of Liability

March 2, 2022

Lee Christenson shot and killed Thomas Bortvit on a farm owned by Roger Christenson, Lee’s uncle, and Donald Christenson, Lee’s grandfather. Bortvit’s parents sued Roger and Donald, asserting that they had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the property from being used for the purpose of firing loaded pistols by unsupervised persons under the […]


Iowa Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Bars Briefly Shut Down by COVID-19 Proclamation, Finding Exceptions to Mootness Inapplicable

During the COVID pandemic in late August 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a public health disaster proclamation that temporarily required bars and taverns in six counties to close their doors. Six of those establishments filed a suit seeking an injunction that would block the proclamation on grounds it exceeded her statutory and constitutional authority. After the […]


Iowa Courts End Mask Mandate

On February 11, 2022, the Iowa Supreme Court entered an order ending the mask mandate in courtrooms across the state. Individuals entering court-controlled areas are no longer required to wear face coverings. However, judges retain the discretion to require face coverings in their courtroom. To read the Iowa Supreme Court’s Order in its entirety see: […]


Mark Thomas Admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

Mark Thomas has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony was held recently before an audience of approximately 600 during the recent Spring Meeting of the College in Coronado, California. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best […]


Iowa Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court’s Ruling on Experts in Medical Malpractice Action

February 7, 2022

This medical malpractice action arises from a stroke the plaintiff experienced following a surgery performed by Dr. Otoadese. After the plaintiff suffered the stroke, he was seen by Dr. Bekavac for a second opinion regarding his condition and whether he would have recommended the initial surgery. Dr. Bekavac also asked Dr. Halloran for his opinion […]