Practice Area: Trial, Litigation, & ADR

Erickson and Strohman Obtain Favorable Jury Verdict in Closed Head Injury Claim

July 17, 2024

Ben Erickson and Stella Maris Strohman recently obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of their client. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident. Although their client admitted he caused the accident, Erickson and Strohman disputed the extent of the claimed injuries, including claims Plaintiff suffered a concussion, multiple disc herniations in his […]


Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson Obtain Clients’ Dismissal with Motion for Summary Judgment

June 18, 2024

Attorneys Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson recently obtained dismissal of a landowner and property manager in a dog bite case. Plaintiff relied on Thompson v. Kaczinski, 774 N.W.2d 829 (Iowa 2009) to argue Defendants owed her a duty and asked that the Court apply the general duty of reasonable care against Defendants. Mark and Dariann […]


Mark Thomas and Rachel Morgan Obtain Favorable Jury Verdict

May 9, 2024

Attorneys Mark Thomas and Rachel Morgan recently obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of their client. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident. Although their client admitted she caused the accident, Thomas and Morgan disputed the extent of the Plaintiffs’ claimed injuries. The case proceeded to trial. The Plaintiffs requested the jury […]


Mark Thomas And Emma Bradbury Win Partial Motion for Summary Judgment

Mark Thomas and Emma Bradbury won a favorable ruling for their abstractor client with a Partial Motion for Summary Judgment concerning a negligence claim. They contended that a negligence claim under this set of facts is barred under the economic loss rule, as the resulting damages alleged consisted of the financial effect of liens on […]


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 […]


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 […]


Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases

January 5, 2024

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 […]


Aaron Lindebak Wins Summary Judgment in RV Breach of Warranty Case

Aaron Lindebak recently won a summary judgment motion in a breach of warranty case, resulting in complete dismissal of the lawsuit against his client. In the case, Aaron’s client supplied the chassis to an RV manufacturer, which then built the “house” on top of it. Aaron’s client provided a warranty on the chassis, while the […]