REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

Barret Plating | J & J Sports – Iowa Barnstormers | JG Wentworth | 321 Henderson Receivables | Quiznos | Taco Casa | Peachtree Settlement Funding Inc. | Pest West Environmental | Olive Branch Funding | Trackworks | American Pest Control | Diam Pest Control | Allergy Technologies | Ariat Technologies | Ariat Innovations | STU Petroleum | Springer Pest Solutions


 PAST CASES

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Represented DH in a motor vehicle accident case with a medical malpractice component. DH was struck from behind by a semi truck and sustained serious injuries to his back resulting in failed back syndrome. While in surgery, the doctor lanced DH's iliac artery. We obtained a settlement on DH's behalf in the amount of$900,000 on the motor vehicle accident and $150,000 on the medical malpractice claim for a total of $1,050,000.00.

Represented the Estate of MS who was killed in a motor vehicle accident where MS was in a vehicle chased by another vehicle at high speeds through downtown Des Moines before striking a utility pole. We obtained a confidential settlement and placed the proceeds into a structured settlement funded by an annuity for the benefit of the minor children thereby protecting the settlement proceeds to be distributed during their college years and thereafter during various points of their early adult life.

WORKERS' COMPENSATON

Represented DL who suffered a traumatic amputation of multiple fingers in a press at work and bilateral carpal tunnel with extreme post-traumatic stress disorder from the accident. DL was later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. We obtained a significant confidential settlement for DL that included a lump sum payment for his injuries plus additional funds for retraining and/or re-education.

Represented JN who sustained a head injury resulting in severe loss of vison and depth perception in his left eye. He was evaluated by a neuro-ophthalmologist and neuropsychologist before undergoing an independent medical examination. The indecent medical examination released agreed with the directed care physician to released JN to work with no restrictions but the pragmatic limitations on JN may have prevented him from certain promotions within the company. The parties reached a settlement based on 60% body after the independent medical examination resulted in a 28% body as a whole impairment rating.

Represented TM in a work injury resulting in a traumatic amputation and re-attachment of his right index finger. TM was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome by his treating physician that was later challenged by a physician the employer sent TM to for an independent medical examination. TM's injuries were the result of alleged negligence on the part of a third party who his employer contracted with for concrete work. We obtained a settlement in the amount $207,467.66, on the workers compensation claim and an additional settlement of $300,000.00, against the third party that the employer contracted with for a total settlement of $507,467.  

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Represented KY who was diagnosed with a protruding disc who underwent surgery to repair it. The patient's symptoms worsened post-surgery until he lost the use of his arms and legs. KY was then discovered to have a tumor on his spine that was the real cause of the back pain. The tumor was present on the original MRI but both the radiologist and surgeon failed to diagnose the ailment. KY recovered the use of his arms and legs but continued to suffer significant pain and discomfort from both the misdiagnosis and unnecessary back surgery. We were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of
$950,000.

BEDBUGS

Class action bed bug case involving building-wide infestation of bed bugs in 2 high rise super-structures in downtown Des Moines. The case was certified in the Polk County District Court and affirmed by the Iowa Supreme Court. The class settlement of $2,450,000 was distributed to class members who lived in Elsie Mason Manor and Liguti Towers over the affected class period. As part of the settlement, aggressive protocols were established to prevent another flair up of bed bugs.

Multi-tenant bed bug case involving a single resident occupancy (SRO) building in San Diego involving a comprehensive bed bug infestation. A major issue in the case was whether the structure should be deemed an apartment complex thereby implicating habitability laws or a hotel. The case was resolved for $350,000. Plaintiffs offered to resolve the case as a class action which was rejected as was a suggestion that more aggressive protocols be established. The settlement left open the potential that a second lawsuit could be filed including once requesting class action status if the bed bug problem were to persist.

Multi-tenant bed bug case involving infestation in apartment complex in San Diego. We obtained a settlement in the amount of $250,000 divided equally among the Plaintiffs. The filing of the lawsuit prompted the apartment complex to take aggressive steps to remediate the bed bug infestation.

Multi-tenant bed bug case involving a HUD property in the Los Angeles area.    We obtained a settlement of $350,000 divided equally among the Plaintiffs. After filing the lawsuit, the property owners who initially refused to follow the advice of their pest management professional, hired a reputable exterminator who performed a building-wide remediation of 100% of the units in this high rise super structure.

Homeless shelter bed bug case involving both an open dorm and a series of HUD apartment units that were infested with bed bugs. The case was filed and certified as a class action by the District Court in Polk County, Iowa. The parties have agreed to terms for a $200,000 settlement that will require court approval.

GENERAL

Civil rights action filed in federal court involving DHS case worker who concealed evidence of abuse by a paramour who was abusing children. DHS worker supported placement in the abusive home. We obtained a settlement through mediation in the amount of $352.000 for the minor children. This was one of the first cases of this kind in Iowa and was settled in 2012.

Defamation-slander case involving GS who was alleged by a small newspaper to have been involved in illegal narcotic drug activity. The initial publication was commented on in multiple Des Moines Register news articles. After several months of ligation, the Defendant filed for summary judgement claiming that GS was a public figure. GS prevailed at the summary judgment stage and the case was settled in mediation shortly thereafter for $300.000

Ski area negligence case filed against Vail Resorts who operate Keystone Ski area in federal court in Colorado. BB was an Iowa skier traveling downhill and was struck by a ski patrol worker traveling uphill on a snowmobile. BB suffered a patella fracture and 2 meniscal tears that were surgically repaired. We filed suit in federal court to avoid having to litigate the matter in Summit County, Colorado whose economy is dependent on the ski industry. We obtained a confidential settlement after a settlement conference held by the federal Magistrate judge in Denver.

Prisoner rights case filed on behalf of PR in federal court alleging deliberate indifference to an inmate's health and safety after she was sexually assaulted by a male guard at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. The jury awarded $45,000 against the Warden and Security Director for failing to take action after knowledge that the perpetrator was at risk for having sexual contact with inmates and the court awarded an additional $60,000 against the officer. The court also awarded PR's attorney fees in connection with the case. This result came on the heels of other cases filed against the institution involving a $100,000 verdict in the Polk County where we sued the prison on behalf of a female officer who was fired after exposing sexual assaults by an officer on another inmate and a settlement of $102,000 on behalf of the inmate.

Shareholder derivative case where we represented MM, a minority shareholder against a local closely held corporation. The dispute was over the value of MM's shares and whether the company illegally issued new shares thereby diluting MM's interest without first offering those shares to the existing shareholders that included MM in violation of the parties' Buy-Sell Agreement. The lawsuit involved complex accounting principles requiring extensive use of financial experts and Certified Public Accountants. The parties reached a settlement agreement on all issues 2 days prior to trial.