Practice Area: Insurance Coverage & Defense

Tansha Akogyeram Granted Dismissal in Vicarious Liability Claim

December 1, 2022

Tansha Akogyeram obtained a Pre-Answer dismissal for her client, a rental truck company sued for vicarious liability. The suit arose from a single-vehicle collision involving a rental truck in which Plaintiff was a passenger. The driver of the rental truck fell asleep, causing it to strike a median. Plaintiff filed suit against the driver for […]


Stella Maris Strohman Wins Defense Verdict

November 2, 2022

Stella Maris Strohman recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of her client Hamlet Apartments. The case arose out of the towing of the plaintiff’s vehicle from Hamlet Apartments’ private lot. The plaintiff argued the towing was in violation of Iowa Code section 321.89. Further, the plaintiff argued that the towing was in violation of […]


Laura Martino and Ryleigh Keeney Granted Summary Judgment on Behalf of Insurer

Laura Martino and Ryleigh Keeney obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client, State Farm, in a breach of contract and bad faith action in the Northern District of Iowa. The plaintiff, State Farm’s insured, claimed she sustained injuries arising out of a 2016 motor vehicle accident. She settled with the tortfeasor for policy limits […]


Ben Erickson Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict

September 30, 2022

Attorney Ben Erickson recently obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of his client. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Des Moines. Although Erickson’s client admitted he was negligent in causing the accident, the parties disputed the nature and extent of the Plaintiff’s injuries. On September 26, 2022, the […]


Laura Martino Obtains Directed Verdict in Personal Injury Action

Attorney Laura Martino obtained a directed verdict on behalf of her clients in a personal injury action. The case arose out a motor vehicle accident in Des Moines in 2019. Following the close of the Plaintiff’s case, Martino moved for a directed verdict asserting the Plaintiff had failed to provide substantial evidence with respect to […]


Laura Martino Wins UIM Case

Attorney Laura Martino recently successfully defended State Farm in an underinsured motorist case at trial. The Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2019. The Plaintiff settled with the tortfeasor for policy limits. The Plaintiff filed suit against State Farm alleging breach of contract and bad faith. The bad faith claim was dismissed […]


Iowa Supreme Court Expands Protections for Confined Animal Feeding Operations

August 2, 2022

Plaintiff Gordon Garrison owned and lived on 300 acres of farmland in northern Iowa. In 2015, Defendants New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings began operating a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) approximately a half mile away from Plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff alleged that his property began experiencing consistent bad odors and manure drainage, both produced by […]


Tansha Akogyeram Secures Dismissal in Underinsured Motorist Case

Tansha Akogyeram secured the dismissal of an underinsured motorist (UIM) action against Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois (“Safeco”) in June. The UIM action resulted from a 2019 hit-and-run accident in Des Moines while the Plaintiff was a passenger in a rideshare vehicle. Plaintiff filed suit against the rideshare company’s insurer and Safeco for UIM benefits. […]


Andy Hall and Ben Erickson Obtain Favorable Ruling from Iowa Supreme Court

July 5, 2022

On June 10, 2022, the Iowa Supreme Court determined that Andy Hall and Ben Erickson’s client, Liberty Mutual, was not required to reimburse Plaintiff, another insurer, for workers’ compensation benefits totaling over $250,000. The case arose after Plaintiff paid workers’ compensation benefits and later determined it was not the employer’s insurer on the date of […]


Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney Secure Dismissal in Hailstorm Damage Case

November 8, 2021

Following a bench trial in Palo Alto County, Mark Thomas and Ryleigh Keeney obtained a dismissal on behalf of their client, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim followed a 2018 hailstorm that damaged Plaintiffs’ real property. Plaintiffs’ policy contained a one-year contractual limitations period—requiring Plaintiffs to file suit against State […]