Practice Area: Trial, Litigation, & ADR

Jury Trials Resume

September 28, 2020

On May 6, 2020, following postponements of all jury and non-jury trials as a result of the pandemic, the Iowa Supreme Court created the Jumpstart Jury Trials Task Force. The Task Force was composed of judges, attorneys, and court personnel from across Iowa and in consultation with public health experts, county officials, and law enforcement […]


Hall and Lindebak Win Summary Judgment

Andrew Hall and Aaron Lindebak obtained a summary judgment dismissal for a factory supervisor sued for gross negligence. The case arose from a catastrophic industrial accident that occurred as a result of a malfunctioning machine. In Iowa, the sole remedy for employees injured in work related accidents is to bring a worker’s compensation claim against […]


Trials and Hearings Recommence

June 22, 2020

The Iowa Supreme Court, in a May 22, 2020 supervisory order, ordered that all jury trials shall be continued to a date no earlier than September 14, 2020.  The Court outlined the priority of cases in its May 22, 2020 supervisory order: emergency matters, criminal cases, and family law matters are given priority.  Proceedings not […]


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 […]


Charges of Improper Sexual Contact with a Massage Therapy Client Dismissed

June 28, 2019

Adam Zenor and Laura Martino successfully represented a Des Moines massage therapist against his former client’s allegation of unethical conduct. On June 6, 2017, the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy found probable case to file a Notice of Hearing and Statement of Charges against the licensed professional, specifically charging him with “unethical conduct” by “engaging in […]


Mitchell Wins Defense Verdict

June 17, 2019

On January 25, 2019, Clark Mitchell obtained a defense verdict for his client.  Mitchell represented the defendant (a go-kart track) in the lawsuit.  The plaintiff was a patron of the go-kart track and was injured while driving her go-kart.  At trial, the plaintiff requested damages totaling $657,930.  The trial involved the legal issues of negligence, […]


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 […]


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 […]