Adam D. Zenor


Legal Assistant


  • College: Drake University
  • Law School: University of Iowa


  • States: Iowa
  • Federal Courts: Northern District of Iowa, Southern District of Iowa, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
The Recent Amendments to Iowa’s Dramshop Act

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 […]

Adam Zenor is a partner in the firm’s trial division.  Adam’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, trial work, and appellate practice. He has litigated all manner of cases and secured over 20 trial verdicts for his clients in state and federal court. Adam has also successfully litigated over 10 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Iowa’s appellate courts.  He is a Fellow in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

In his civil practice, Adam represents individuals and businesses in wide-ranging matters including bad faith, breach of contract, construction, coverage issues, dram shop, employment, false claims act, fire, health law, professional negligence, products and premises liability, qui tam, semi truck collisions, serious personal injury, and wrongful death. Where appropriate, he has successfully defended clients in motion practice – often obtaining summary dismissal or otherwise trying cases to verdict. Recent examples include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of Sioux City business owner in complex and high dollar dram shop case.
  • Securing a defense directed verdict in state court on behalf of a Des Moines business owner in a premises liability matter post-Thompson.
  • Winning a defense jury verdict in federal court on behalf of an insurer that appropriately denied claimed benefits.

In his criminal practice, Adam represents individuals and businesses in white collar matters. While his focus is primarily on assisting clients on issues presented in health care and finance/banking sectors, he also represents clients facing challenges in a host of other industries, including agriculture, gaming, government relations, immigration, information technology, and manufacturing.  Recent examples include:

  • Winning full acquittal on behalf of an Iowa State University professor charged with domestic assault.
  • Securing full dismissal on behalf of a local healthcare provider for allegations of improper coding.

Adam publishes and presents on legal issues and developments across Iowa.  Most recently, he has co-authored two law review articles on the First Amendment. The first focuses on the evolution of protections on speech in the digital age. The second focuses on the free exercise portion of the religion clause.  Adam also recently presented for the Iowa Bar Association on the topic of legal ethics.

Adam is actively involved in the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association. He has been appointed to serve on the Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with family, friends, and coaching youth soccer.