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Guy Cook Recognized in Drake Law’s 150 in 150

April 4, 2024

In recognition of Drake Law School’s 150th anniversary, they recognized 150 individuals “who have best demonstrated the values of the Law School and helped shape Drake Law into who we are today.” Out of all alumni, faculty, students, and friends eligible, Grefe and Sidney’s senior member Guy Cook was named to the list. Guy has […]


Grefe & Sidney Participates in Orchard Place Spelling Bee Fundraiser

Orchard Place raised $65,000 in their annual spelling bee to benefit youth mental health services in Iowa. Each year, Orchard Place has groups compete in an adult team-based spelling competition. Grefe and Sidney was happy to participate as “The Bee’s Knees,” but was knocked out before the final round. Orchard Place looks for sponsors, volunteers, […]


Iowa Supreme Court holds that Retention of Expert Witness to Provide Services to Iowa Attorney is Sufficient to Establish Personal Jurisdiction

March 7, 2024

An Iowa attorney retained an orthopedic surgeon from Indiana to serve as an expert witness in a potential medical malpractice claim and paid an advance of $10,000.00. The parties had no written contract and upon reviewing the records, the surgeon opined that the standard of care was not breached in the underlying case and that […]


Dariann Garrison-Nickerson Joins Polk County Women Attorneys Board of Directors

Dariann has joined the Polk County Women Attorneys (“PCWA”) Board of Directors as the Luncheon Coordinator. She is responsible for reaching out to notable individuals in the area to speak at monthly luncheons. The PCWA hosts these luncheons for attorneys, judges, and law students to network and learn about topics of concern in the legal […]


Attorney Spotlight: Zach Hufferd

Where are you from? I am from Connersville, Indiana. Where did you go to high school and undergrad? I attended Connersville High School, and I received my undergraduate degree from Anderson University in Indiana. Did you go to law school immediately after graduating from undergrad? If not, what did you do during that period? I […]


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 […]