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Iowa Supreme Court holds evidence insufficient to show negligence in cow-on-the-highway case

February 8, 2024

In the early morning hours of January 26, 2019, an errant cow escaped confinement and made its way onto I-80 in rural Cass County. Driver Simranjit Singh struck the wayward bovine with his semi-truck, causing injuries to Singh’s person and damage to his vehicle. The cow died. Singh subsequently filed a lawsuit against the departed […]


Peter Ickes obtains suppression of alcohol breath test results

Peter Ickes was able to successfully obtain suppression of breath test results for blood-alcohol content in an OWI – first offense, leading to a far better outcome for his client. In this matter, his client was charged with operating while intoxicated. The client’s breath test result for blood alcohol content came back above the 0.15 […]


Mark Thomas and Stella Maris Strohman win motion for summary judgment in slip and fall case

Mark Thomas and Stella Maris Strohman recently won a motion for summary judgment in defense of a convenience store in a slip and fall case in Monona County. The case arose after the plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell on ice outside the convenience store on February 21, 2021. The plaintiff filed his petition on February […]


Grefe & Sidney Holiday Party!

January 5, 2024

The firm held its annual holiday party on December 9th in the Des Moines East Village. It was a night filled with good food, company, laughter, and memories. We would like to thank everyone who made 2023 such a great year, which included the welcoming of three new associates, Emma, Dariann, and Zach. We are […]


Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases

In 2017, the Iowa legislature amended several provisions of the Iowa Code related to medical malpractice, including §147.139, which now requires expert witnesses in a medical malpractice case to meet more stringent qualifications to be able to testify. One of those requirements is that the proposed expert “is licensed to practice” medicine. Since amendment, the […]


Aaron Lindebak Wins Summary Judgment in RV Breach of Warranty Case

Aaron Lindebak recently won a summary judgment motion in a breach of warranty case, resulting in complete dismissal of the lawsuit against his client. In the case, Aaron’s client supplied the chassis to an RV manufacturer, which then built the “house” on top of it. Aaron’s client provided a warranty on the chassis, while the […]


Attorney Spotlight: Dariann Garrison-Nickerson

December 5, 2023

Where are you from? I am from Des Moines, Iowa.   Where did you go to high school and undergrad? I attended East High School, and I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa.   Did you go to law school immediately after graduating from undergrad? If not, what did you do […]


Emma Bradbury Obtains Dismissal of Insurance Contract Claim

Emma Bradbury recently won a motion for summary judgment, resulting in complete dismissal of the case against a client. The petitioners brought a case in equity requesting the court declare that they were assignees of an insurance contract and issue an injunction preventing the insurance company from enforcing a contractual two-year limitation period for bringing […]


Ben Erickson Wins Defense Verdict in Arbitration Proceeding

On November 8, 2023, Ben Erickson secured a defense verdict in an arbitration hearing in front of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. The case arose out of a debilitating condition suffered by one of Erickson’s client’s former employees. Specifically, the claimant alleged to have sustained a significant cumulative injury to his neck and back during […]


4th Annual Cady Day of Service

October 20, 2023

Grefe & Sidney was honored to participate in the 4th annual Cady Day of Service. The Cady Day of Public Service is dedicated to late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. The event brings the community together to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Justice Cady and his commitment to public service, […]