Practice Area: Trial, Litigation, & ADR

The Recent Amendments to Iowa’s Dramshop Act

July 12, 2018

Adam Zenor’s article reviewing the Iowa legislature’s recent amendments to Iowa’s Dramshop Act was featured in the Iowa Lawyer, a publication by the Iowa Bar Association.  These recent amendments went into effect July 1, 2018. Should you have interest in the amendments or their potential impact, please feel free to link to the feature article […]


Zenor and Van Waardhuizen Succeed at Court of Appeals

June 6, 2017

On February 27, 2015, the vehicle Rhonda Banwart was driving was impacted from the rear by a woman, who had recently been a patron at Draught House 50 in West Des Moines.  Banwart sued the woman who rear-ended her and Draught House 50 under Iowa’s dram shop act, for allegedly overserving the woman.  Adam Zenor […]


Grefe & Sidney Welcomes Ben Erickson

May 10, 2017

Our Firm is pleased to welcome Ben Erickson as an associate in our trial division. Ben’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation, commercial litigation, personal injury, and family law. During law school, Ben clerked for both Judge Robert Hanson in the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. He also practiced […]


Zenor and Kuehner Invited to Membership in Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

April 5, 2017

Adam Zenor and Michael Kuehner have both accepted invitation to join the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers as Members.  Membership in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers is by invitation only, upon sponsorship and recommendation from peers and judges and unanimous approval by the Academy’s Board of Governors.  The ceremonial induction will occur at the […]


Thomas and Martino Win Defense Verdict for Des Moines Industry

March 21, 2017

Mark Thomas and Laura Martino secured a defense verdict for their clients The Monarch Cement Company and Monarch Cement of Iowa in a trip and fall case brought by a railroad employee.  The plaintiff, in a case brought before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, alleged that the Monarch defendants failed […]


An Iowa Plaintiff Claimed the Trial Court Wrongly Excluded Evidence – The Iowa Court of Appeals Disagrees

December 13, 2016

Gilberto Mendez Mendez sued an apartment building owner and the building manager after slipping and falling down a flight of exterior stairs.  At trial, a jury found the owner and building manager were not at fault.  Mendez challenged the verdict on appeal.  Specifically, Mendez took issue with the trial court’s exclusion of two items of […]


A Victim of a Criminal Act’s Failure to Make an Insurance Claim Does Not Limit Her Right to Recover in Restitution

The Iowa Supreme Court considered whether a criminal defendant’s obligation to pay restitution was discharged or otherwise diminished where the victim of the defendant’s crime did not make an insurance claim relative to his stolen property. The underlying facts were these.  Robert Dubois was charged with and pleaded guilty to third degree burglary after items […]


Donna Miller Successfully Defends Manufacturer in Rare Asbestos Trial

December 8, 2016

Donna Miller and national counsel obtained a defense verdict for the manufacturer of a brake shoe grinder.  Asbestos cases rarely go to trial in Iowa, and this one lasted nearly four weeks in Cedar Rapids. In this case, the plaintiff had been an auto mechanics instructor and sued over 20 defendants, including brake shoe and […]


Kuehner Wins Defense Verdict

September 16, 2016

During the week of September 13, Michael Kuehner successfully defended an Woodbury County automobile driver in a lawsuit stemming from a rear-end car accident.  At trial, Plaintiff alleged that the accident caused him serious low back pain and leg numbness.  He presented testimony from a treating physician stating his injuries were permanent, and they would […]


Thole Successfully Defends Insurer in Declaratory Judgment Action

September 12, 2016

Plaintiff NE Iowa Silo purchased a workers’ compensation insurance policy through an independent insurance agent. Plaintiff has job sites and employees based in Iowa and Wisconsin. The insurance agent told plaintiff the workers’ compensation policy provided coverage for employee injuries arising under Iowa and Wisconsin workers’ compensation law. While working in Wisconsin, one of plaintiff’s […]