Practice Area: Insurance Coverage & Defense

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 […]


Emma Bradbury Obtains Dismissal of Insurance Contract Claim

December 5, 2023

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 […]


Erickson Obtains Defense Verdict in Underinsured Motorist Jury Trial

April 3, 2023

On March 14, 2023, Ben Erickson obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial involving an underinsured motorist claim. The case arose out of allegations that Plaintiff was injured when her vehicle was struck by the underlying defendant. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged the accident caused neck, back, and wrist injuries, including the need for surgical […]


Iowa Supreme Court Provides Certificate of Merit Clarification

February 1, 2023

In September 2020, Jahn and Sara Kirlin filed suit against two doctors and Methodist Physicians Clinic alleging negligence following medical treatment received by Jahn. The Kirlins timely filed a certificate of merit affidavit signed by Dr. David Segal, a board-certified neurosurgeon. Iowa Code section 147.140 requires plaintiffs in medical malpractice suits to serve a certificate […]


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 […]