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Charitable Giving Strategies

November 4, 2019

Winter is not far off and the end of the tax year is quickly approaching. For this reason, charitably-inclined taxpayers having not already done so should begin reviewing the charitable donations they have already made this year in order to determine which charities they would like to continue supporting and how much financial support they […]

Iowa’s “Final Disposition Act”

Many people view estate planning as essential to ensuring a seamless transition of assets after their death while also seeking to eliminate any added stress or conflict that might arise among remaining family members. One area of planning often overlooked, however, includes designating the person responsible for someone’s final disposition (i.e., the person responsible for […]

Thomas and Lindebak Obtain Defense Verdict

September 27, 2019

Mark Thomas and Aaron W. Lindebak represented an e-cigarette company in a products liability case. A homeowner discovered the kitchen of his home to be on fire after returning from dinner on Valentine’s Day 2015. His insurance company sought subrogation for $398,773.78 in damage to the home and homeowner’s personal property. Plaintiff sued Black Dragon […]

Grefe & Sidney Welcomes Derek LaBrie

Derek recently passed the Iowa bar and was admitted to practice on September 20, 2019. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2016, majoring in Commercial Aviation and Political Science. Derek graduated from the University of Iowa College Law in 2019. During law school, Derek was a Managing Editor for the Iowa Law […]

Court Affirms Order to Reimburse cost of Independent Medical Exam in Review-Reopening Petition

The Iowa Court of Appeals held that an employee is entitled to reimbursement of an independent medical exam under Iowa Code section 85.39 in a review-reopening petition. An employee suffered a workplace injury in 2013 and filed a petition seeking benefits. During that proceeding an IME was performed and the employee was placed at MMI […]

Hall and Lindebak Obtain Summary Judgment

Andrew D. Hall and Aaron W. Lindebak obtained a summary judgment against a Claimant in a workers’ compensation proceeding. Claimant filed a workers’ compensation claim relating to an alleged work place accident that occurred on September 14, 2016. The Petition was filed on September 17, 2018. Defendant had paid no benefits to the Claimant. Hall […]

Guy Cook Selected as Lawyer of the Year

August 26, 2019

Grefe & Sidney is proud to announce that senior partner, Guy R. Cook, has been selected as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in White Collar Criminal Defense by The Best Lawyers in America©. Recognition of “Lawyer of the Year” is given to a lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback. Only one lawyer in a specific location […]

Grefe & Sidney Welcomes Attorney Riley Coy

Riley Coy is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he received his J.D. and M.B.A.  While earning his degree, Riley was Associate Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review.  He also participated in the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and the Board of Advocates.  Riley had the unique opportunity to work as […]

Mitchell & Currie Successfully Enforce Forum Selection Clause

On August 5, 2019, Clark Mitchell and Michael Currie obtained a dismissal for their client.  Plaintiff contracted with Defendant for the purchase and installation of three hoop buildings.  Plaintiff entered into a warranty agreement with Defendant at this time.  The warranty agreement provided that Defendant would repair or replace any product covered under the warranty, […]

Iowa Supreme Court Refuses to Modify Standard for Pretextual Vehicle Stops

On October 17, 2015, Officer Justin Brandt observed a black Lincoln Navigator at 12:30am in the City of Waterloo.  Officer Brandt observed the driver accelerate at a yellow light and pass to the left of a moving vehicle before veering across the centerline.  Officer Brandy also observed the driver’s license plate light not properly functioning.  […]