United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Lexington Insurance Company v. Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc., No. 1230008827, arbitration before JAMS. Represented insured in complex coverage litigation arising from underlying class action suit filed in California. The three judge panel ruled in favor of insured, based on under-developed Iowa coverage law regarding carrier’s right to reimbursement of defense costs.
Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co., Brown & Brown of California, Inc. d/b/a CalSurance Assoc., No. 1:10-cv-000123-JSS before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Representing a securities broker-dealer in an errors and omissions coverage dispute against its insurer concerning the scope of coverage owed in response to multiple underlying investor claims seeking millions.
American Program Bureau, Inc. v. Trinity J. Ray, The Tuesday Agency, LLC, and Tuesday Productions, LLC, Case No. 12-cv-10490 before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Eastern Division). Represented Defendants in a claim alleging tortious interference, misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. The case involved novel issues in the Second Circuit applying federal law under the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, including removal where plaintiff failed to plead the jurisdiction, and transfer of venue where conduct allegedly violating State statute occurred outside of the State and the District Court.
American Foods Group, Inc. v. Iowa Quality Beef, L.L.C., et. al., No. 1:06-cv-48-EJM before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Representation in a complicated industrial equipment replevin action.
George Brothers Propane and Fertilizer Corp. v. MMA Insurance Co., et al., No. 4:07-cv-03053-RGK-DLP, United States District Court for Nebraska. Represented health insurer in complex insurance coverage dispute involving the interaction of health insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.
Catholic Order of Foresters, et al. v. U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, et. al., 337 F. Supp. 2d 1148 (N.D. IA. 2004). Represented several insurers in securities fraud action.
Poclaim Hydraulics, Inc. v. Winterthur Int’l., et al., No. 02-CV-1784, Wisconsin State Court, Racine County. Represented insured in coverage dispute involving various CGL policies.
Civic and Volunteer Involvement:
Brucemore Board of Trustees, Program Committee
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Board of Trustees, President
Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court, President
Cedar Rapids Public Library Board of Trustees, Past President
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Past President
Graduate of Greater Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership for Five Seasons Program
Publications and Speeches:
“Effective Conflict Waivers,” Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting (2012)
“Ethical Considerations: Internal Investigations; Settlement Negotiations and Agreements,” Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting (2011)
“Federal Caselaw Update and New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting (2010)
“Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success,” National Business Institute (Winter 2007, Spring 2009)
“Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Iowa,” National Business Institute (Spring 2007, Fall 2009)
“Insurance Coverage Litigation,” National Business Institute (Fall 2006)
“Evaluating and Litigating Iowa Insurance Coverage Disputes,” National Business Institute (Winter 2005)
“Succeeding in Federal Court,” National Business Institute (Fall 2005)