Category: Latest News

Trial Attorney Michael Currie Joins Firm

July 8, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Michael D. Currie has joined Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. Michael has been practicing law since 2014. He attended the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Philosophy, and History and then graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. Michael is in the […]


Erickson Secures Defense Verdict and Counterclaim Judgment in Bailment Claim

On June 28, 2021, Ben Erickson obtained a defense verdict and counterclaim judgment on behalf of a local business. The case stems from Plaintiff’s claim that Erickson’s client wrongfully towed and disposed of over fifteen vehicles in violation of Iowa law. Plaintiff plead multiple legal theories, including negligent bailment, unjust enrichment, and consumer fraud pursuant […]


Attorney Spotlight: Ben Erickson

Ben Erickson is a member of the firm’s litigation division where he represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters including but not limited to personal injury, professional negligence, coverage disputes, bad faith, defamation, breach of contract, and workers’ compensation.   What three words best describe you? Motivated, Reliable, Innovative Where are you […]


Attorney Spotlight: Laura Martino

June 17, 2021

Laura Martino is a partner in the firm’s litigation division. She represents clients on a wide array of civil litigation matters including insurance defense, municipal liability claims, professional malpractice, and workers compensation claims. In addition, she represents insurance companies and self-insured clients in coverage and bad faith disputes. Before joining Grefe Sidney, Laura clerked for […]


Iowa Supreme Court Allows Cell Phone Use as Evidence of Habit

Miranda Pomeroy was driving westbound on Cumming Avenue while Matthew Holmes was riding his bicycle on a bike trail heading toward Cumming Avenue. Holmes turned onto Cumming Avenue and collided with Pomeroy’s vehicle, resulting in injuries to Holmes. Holmes sued, alleging negligence. Pomeroy filed a motion in limine requesting the district court preclude Holmes from […]


Mitchell and Corpstein Secure Defense Verdict on Plaintiffs’ Claim Seeking $925,561.36

Following a four day jury trial in Woodbury County, Clark Mitchell and Sean Corpstein obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim followed a fire at Plaintiffs’ farm/ranch in 2013 and State Farm voiding the insurance Policy as a result of Plaintiffs’ conduct.  […]


COVID-19 Update

May 17, 2021

In light of the CDC’s recent pronouncement that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or distance while indoors, Grefe & Sidney is changing its mask and distancing policy effective immediately to reflect the CDC’s pronouncement. Pursuant to the CDC’s updated guidance, Grefe & Sidney requests that people who have not been […]


Iowa Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Appeal Deadline

May 5, 2021

A mother whose son developed disabling injuries from bacterial meningitis brought an action for medical negligence against the physicians, and their employers, who treated her son. Various Defendants entered settlement agreements with the mother. Two physicians and an employer of one physician went to trial. The jury issued a verdict in their favor, finding the […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms District Court’s Preclusion of Treating Doctor’s Opinion

Plaintiff Mengwasser’s sued Joseph Comito and Capital City Fruit Company following a 2015 car accident. The jury awarded damages for past pain and suffering and past loss of function, but awarded no damages for future medical expenses, future pain and suffering, future loss of function or future loss of earning capacity. The district court limited […]


Attorney Spotlight: Sean Corpstein

Sean Corpstein is a partner in the firm’s trial division. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, trial work, appellate practice, and white collar criminal defense. Most recently, Sean was admitted to the Civil Justice Act Federal Defender’s Panel. In his civil practice, Sean represents individuals and businesses in a wide-array of matters, including breach […]