Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C.

John F. Fatino

Phone: 515.288.6041
Fax: 515.246.1474
Des Moines Office
Secretary: Christina Hotle
Secretary Phone: 515.558.0143

Overview

While involved in a number of different areas of the law, John F. Fatino has a general practice which includes representation of clients in Banking law, Transportation, Construction law, and Real Estate matters. Also, as a practitioner in the Appellate Practice arena, John was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 in the field of Appellate Litigation. In addition to advising clients and litigating in these areas, John has regularly provided presentations to various industry groups concerning these matters and is the author and co-author of several articles related to these matters.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers in the field of Business/Corporate (Super Lawyers: 2009-2010, 2013)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (2012).
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 in the field of Appellate Litigation (Copyright 2008 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Experience & Professional Activities

Work Experience:

  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Transportation & Trucking Practice Group
  • Past Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Litigation Practice Group
  • Past Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Employment Practice Group
  • Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 1999
  • Assistant Appellate Defender: State of Iowa, 1994-1995

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Motor Truck Association
  • American Bar Association (Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Forum on the Construction Industry. Co-Chair of the 2014 Midwinter Meeting of the Fidelity Surety Law Committee)
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Appellate Practice Committee)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Lincoln Inne of Court
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys’ Association
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • Order of the Barristers

Seminars Recently Attended:

  • ABA-TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2014.
  • ABA-TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2013.
  • ABA-TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2012.
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, 2012 Regional Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, January 2012.
  • Central States Surety Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, June, 2011.
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May, 2011.
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2011.
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 2010.
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, 2010 Regional Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, January 2010.
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2009.
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, New York City, New York, January 2008.
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 2007.

Cases, Presentations & Publications

Published Cases:

  • Employers Mutual Casualty Company v. Van Haaften, 815 N.W.2d 17 (Iowa 2012)
  • Armstrong v. American Pallet Leasing, Inc., 678 F.Supp.2d 827 (N.D. Iowa 2009)
  • Walnut Brewery, Inc. d/b/a Rock Bottom Brewery v. Iowa Department of Commerce-Alcoholic Beverages Division, 775 N.W.2d 724 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009)
  • Liberty Bank, F.S.B. v. Best Litho, Inc., et al., 737 N.W.2d 312 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007)
  • City of Fairfield v. Harper Drilling Co., 692 N.W.2d 681 (Iowa 2005)
  • Estate of Ballard v. Hazel’s Blue Sky, 653 N.W.2d 609 (Iowa 2002)
  • Rife v. D.T. Corner, Inc., 641 N.W.2d 761 (Iowa 2002)
  • Nesbit v. Myers, 576 N.W.2d 613 (Iowa Ct. App. 1998)
  • Waits v. United Fire & Cas. Co., 472 N.W.2d 565 (Iowa 1997)
  • Fuller v. Local Union No. 106 of United Broth. of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 567 N.W.2d 419 (Iowa 1997)
  • State v. Schluter, 548 N.W.2d 591 (Iowa Ct. App. 1996)
  • State v. Squires, 545 N.W.2d 557 (Iowa 1996)
  • State v. LaGrange, 541 N.W.2d 562 (Iowa Ct. App. 1995)
  • Armstrong v. Iowa, 513 U.S. 1132 (1995) (certiorari denied)
  • State v. Gillespie, 530 N.W.2d 446 (Iowa 1995)
  • State v. Loyd, 530 N.W.2d 708 (Iowa 1995)

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:

  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa,” Iowa State Bar Association – Bridge the Gap, West Des Moines, Iowa, May 2014.
  • Contributing Author, “2013-14 Construction Law Update,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry,” May 2014.
  • Co-author, (with Danya Hooker), “The Litigator’s Tool Box: The Preclusive Use of Prior Guilty Pleas in Fidelity Cases, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Spring 2014.
  • Presenter, “Ethical Representation of Grand Jury Witnesses and Corporate Compliance Update,” Iowa State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, April, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Litigating Contested Cases Under Iowa Code Chapter 17A,” Legal Support Professionals of Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa, February, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Meeting Deadlines for FMLA: Meeting Notification Deadlines, Curbing Abuse, and Preventing Claims,” Business and Legal Resources, Ankeny, Iowa, December, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Litigating Contested Cases Under Iowa Code Chapter 17A,” Iowa Association of Legal Assistants. Paralegals Fall 2013 Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, September 2013.
  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Notice and Lien Registry Update,” Iowa Title Guaranty Settlement Service Workshop, Altoona, Iowa, June 2013.
  • Co-Presenter, “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens,” National Business Institute, West Des Moines, Iowa, March 2013.
  • Presenter, “Subpoenas & Protection Orders,” 51st Annual Seminar of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2013.
  • Co-author, (with Jennifer L. Smith), “The Interaction of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations: A Circuit by Circuit Guide”, 79 J. Transp. L. Logist. & Pol’y 281 (4th Q 2012).
  • Presenter, “Ethical Obligations in Real Estate Practice,” Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law, National Business Institute (NBI), Des Moines, Iowa, December 2012.
  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa,” Iowa Title Guaranty’s Annual Conference, Coralville, Iowa, November 2012.
  • Co-author (with Jennifer L. Smith), “The FMLA Claim and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers: How Much Knowledge is ‘Notice’”? The Transportation Lawyer, 31 (Oct. 2012).
  • Instructor, “Surety Claims” 2012 National Association of Independent Sureties Underwriting Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Liens – Case Law,” Iowa Real Property Law, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, September 2012.
  • Contributing Iowa Author, “2012-13 Construction Law Update,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Summer 2012.
  • Co-author (with Molly M. Brau), “Corporate Compliance Program Update: A Look at the Recent Amendments and DOJ Policy Refresher” 48 Criminal Law Bulletin 692 (Spring 2012).
  • Author, “The Battle Between Grand Jury Subpoenas and Civil Protective Orders: The Circuit Splits Persist,” The Champion 24 (May, 2012).
  • Co-author (with Samuel Craven), The Litigator's Tool Box: Use of the Prima Facie Clause for Summary Disposition, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS)(Spring 2012).
  • Presenter, “HR/Employment Law Update Version 3.0,” Iowa Credit Union League, Des Moines, Iowa, May, 2012.
  • Author, “Legal Insight-Employment Law Update,” Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Lifeliner (Summer 2011).
  • Presenter, “Surety Legal Update,” Nationwide Ag All Associate Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 2011.
  • Contributing Iowa Author, “2011-12 Construction Law Update,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Summer 2011.
  • Presenter, “HR/Employment Law Update,” Iowa Credit Union League, Des Moines, Iowa, February, 2011.
  • Instructor, “Surety Claims”, 2010 National Association of Independent Sureties Underwriting Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Presenter, “Contingent Claims in Probate Court:  Indemnitors, Now you See Them, Now you Don’t”, Central States Surety Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, July 2010.
  • Contributing Iowa Author, “2009-10 Construction Law Update,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, May 2010.
  • Co-presenter, “FMLA Master Class”, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2010.
  • “Unemployment Appeals:  11 Steps to Success,” Lifeliner (Spring 2010).
  • Presenter, “Real Property Liens,” Real Estate Law, National Business Institute, Johnston, Iowa, November 2009.
  • Presenter, “Mechanics Liens Perfection,” Iowa State Bar Association’s 2009 Solo & Small Firm Conference, July, 2009, Honey Creek Resort, IA.
  • Contributing Iowa Author, “2008-09 Construction Law Update,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, May 2009.
  • Panelist, “Maintaining Bonding Capacity,” Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 87th Annual State Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2009.
  • Presenter, “Liens on Real Property,” Real Estate Law, West Des Moines, Iowa, November 2008.
  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa” and “Fidelity Update: Contingent Claims in Probate” Central States Surety & Fidelity Practitioners, 1st Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, October 2008.
  • Presenter, “ESI: What is it and What am I Supposed to Do With It?” Central States Surety Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, July 2008.
  • Presenter, “Liens and Creditor Issues in Real Property,” Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2008.
  • Presenter, “E-mail, Public Records, and Public Meetings Statutes: Public Employee Privacy in Cyberspace,” American Bar Association Teleconference: Access to Government in the Computer Age, April 2008.
  • Author, “The ICE Person Cometh,” Illinois State Bar Association’s The Corporate Lawyer, January 2008.
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Update and Related Compliance Topics,” Iowa Credit Union League, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2007.
  • Presenter, “Corporate Compliance Programs, The McNulty Memorandum, and the ‘Ethics’ of the Right to Counsel under the Sixth Amendment: Window Dressing or Real Change?,” FPDO/IACDL, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2007.
  • Presenter, “HR Potpourri,” Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Annual Labor & Employment Law Client Seminar, West Des Moines, Iowa, October 2007.
  • Co-author, “E-mail, Public Records, and Public Meetings Statutes: Public Employee Privacy in Cyberspace,” Access to Government in the Computer Age, American Bar Association, 2007.
  • Presenter, “Surety Case Law Update,” Central States Surety Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, July 2007.
  • Presenter, “The Tax Treatment of Verdicts and Settlements, Version 2.0,” Iowa State Bar Association’s Bridge the Gap Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2007.
  • Co-presenter, “FMLA Master Class,” Employers Counsel Network, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2007.
  • Presenter, “Construction Payment Remedies and Mechanics Lien Law,” Quad Cities Chapter of American Society of Professional Estimators, Davenport, Iowa, April 2007.
  • Panelist, “E-Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, March 2007.
  • Contributing Author, Iowa Chapter, Payment Bond Manual, 3d Edition, American Bar Association, 2006.
  • Author, “The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the New Prohibition on Employer Retaliation Against Whistleblowers: For Whom the Bell Tolls or Tooting One’s Own Horn?” 51 South Dakota Law Review450, 2006.
  • Author, “United States Sentencing Commission Amends Chapter 8 of the Sentencing Guidelines: A Primer on the New Requirements,” 42 Criminal Law Bulletin 52, 2006.
  • Co-author, “The Surety Relationship in the Agricultural Commodity Storage Context and Grain Indemnity Funds: A Jurisdictional Survey,” 40 Creighton Law Review 41, December 2006.
  • Presenter, “Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money in Iowa,” Des Moines, Iowa, December 2006.
  • Presenter, Iowa State Bar Association’s 2006 Labor and Employment Law Section Seminar, West Des Moines, Iowa, November 2006.
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of Federal Practice,” Iowa State Bar Association, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2006.
  • Author, “The Tax Treatment of Verdicts and Settlements Following the Adoption of the Jobs Creation Act of 2004: Paradise Found for the Employment Lawyer?” 27 Northern Illinois University Law Review, Fall 2006.
  • Presenter, “The Tax Treatment of Verdicts and Settlements,” Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2006.
  • Co-presenter, “Common Misconceptions in Human Resources in Iowa,” Lorman Education Services, Des Moines, Iowa, March 7, 2006.
  • Presenter, “Veteran’s Preferences in Employment,” Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 45th Annual Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, March 2006.
  • Presenter, “Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money in Iowa,” Des Moines, Iowa, December 2005.
  • Presenter, “Taxation of Settlements Revisited,” Iowa State Bar Association Tax School, Des Moines, Iowa, December 2005.
  • Presenter, “Negotiating and Drafting Trouble-Free Commercial Real Estate Leases in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2005.
  • Presenter, “Sarbanes-Oxley,” Iowa State Bar Association’s Bridge the Gap Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2005.
  • Presenter, “Case Law Update,” Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Annual Labor & Employment Law Client Seminar, West Des Moines, Iowa, April 2005.
  • Presenter, “Construction Payment Remedies in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, March 29, 2005.
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of Practice,” Iowa State Bar Association, Des Moines, Iowa, July 1, 2004.
  • Presenter, Law Chautauqua Annual Seminar, Okoboji, Iowa, May 28, 2004.
  • Presenter, “Email Ethics,” Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 6, 2004.
  • Presenter, “Unemployment Appeals: 11 Steps to Success” Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Employment & Labor Law Client Seminar, West Des Moines, Iowa, April 2004.
  • Presenter (with Paul Drey), “The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2004.
  • Member of subcommittee of Iowa State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee that worked on redrafting of Appellate Practice Manual, 2004.
  • Author, “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Identifying the Standards and Litigating the Issues,” 49South Dakota Law Rev. 31, 2003.
  • Presenter, “Update on Privacy and Emerging Issues in Electronic Workplace Litigation,” Council on Education in Management’s Iowa Personnel Law Update, Des Moines, Iowa, November and February 2003.
  • Presenter, “Surety Law Update,” Surety Underwriters Association of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa, September 2003, 2002, 2001 and 1999.
  • Author (with Benjamin B. Ullem), “Defeating the Bad Faith Claim Against the Miller Act Surety,” Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Summer 2003.
  • Presenter, “E-Mail: Litigating the Privileges and Other Discovery/Trial Issues,” 80th Annual Lawyer’s Chautauqua, Okoboji, Iowa, May 2003.
  • Presenter, “Representing Corporate Defendants & Targeted Individuals,” Federal Public Defender & IACDL’s Federal Criminal Law & Procedure Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2003.
  • Presenter, “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: What Not to Do,” Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2003.
  • Author, “Public Employers and E-Mail: A Primer for the Practitioner and the Public Professional,” 23 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 131, Spring 2003 (viewable at www.imaaonline.org/articles/fatino.pdf).
  • Presenter, “Suits For Rent and Other Contractual Claims & Appeals” & “Enforcement of Awards & Judgments,” Sterling Education Services, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2003.
  • Presenter, “Corporate Compliance Programs” & “Up the Ladder Reporting/Blue Sky Law Coverage,” American Corporate Counsel Association, Iowa Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2003.
  • Author, “Planning for Tax Impact of Lost-Wage Awards,” National Law Journal A25-26, Nov. 25, 2002.
  • Presenter, “Tax Treatment of Settlements,” Iowa State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, September 2002.
  • Author (with Benjamin B. Ullem), “Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa,” Business Credit, July-August 2002.
  • Presenter, “E-Mail, Electronic Data, and the Public Employee in the Upper Midwest,” 19th Annual Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2002.
  • Presenter, “Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa,” Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar, May 2002.
  • Presenter (with Edward C. Poulsen), “The Essentials of Office and Retail Leases in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2002.
  • Author, “Corporate Compliance Programs: An Approach to Avoid or Minimize Criminal and Civil Liability,” 51 Drake Law Rev. 81, 2002.
  • Author (with Benjamin B. Ullem), “Case Note: United States ex rel. PCC Const. v. Star Ins. Co.,” Surety Claims Institute Newsletter 2, January 2002.
  • Presenter, “E-Mail: The New Smoking Gun,” various civic and professional groups, 2001-2002.
  • Author, “E-Mail: A New Pitfall for Local Governments,” Cityscape 6, December 2001.
  • Presenter (with Dennis R. Thompson), “LLCs and LLPs for the Iowa Paralegal,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2001.
  • Presenter, “Case Law Update, Corporate Compliance,” ISBA/ACCA, Chicago, Illinois, January 2001.
  • Presenter (with Linda M. Kirsch), “Liens and Creditor Issues” & “Ethical Obligations in Advanced Real Estate in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2000.
  • Presenter (with Rod Kubat), “Employment Update,” Iowa Fabricare Association, September 1998.
  • Author (with Benjamin B. Ullem), “Evidence of a Surety Found to Be Inadmissible Under FRE 411 and Recent Successful Attempts to Bifurcate Proceedings Involving Sureties,” The Critical Path 4, Fall 1997.
  • Adjunct Professor, “Public Administration,” Upper Iowa University, 1997.
  • Co-editor, Iowa State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Newsletter, 1993-1994.
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Unfair Labor Practice Charges in Collective Bargaining Unit Formation,” American Guild of Patient Account Management, Davenport, Iowa, September 1991.

Civic & Volunteer Activities

  • Oakridge Neighborhood
  • Iowa State Bar Association Public Service Project (formerly known as the Volunteer Lawyers Project)
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Education

J.D. Drake University Law School, 1991 (Region XIV Finalist: National Moot Court Competition, 1991; Recipient: Rodney L. Hudson Senior Advocacy Award, 1991)

B.A. Concordia College, cum laude, 1987 (Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society)

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