Overview

Jerry is a trial attorney who specializes in civil and commercial litigation, trucking and high-end dissolutions. He provides a level of confidence that comes from over forty years of experience in state and federal courtrooms. He is a strategic and experienced trial attorney who aggressively pursues what is in the best interests of his clients. The courtroom is often considered his second home due to his understanding of the process and comfort in front of the bench.

He represents trucking and transportation companies and their insurers on a regular basis and advises on accidents in Iowa and the midwest, accident reports, negotiations, settlements and trial if necessary. He is active in the Transportation Practice Group of ALFA International, a collective of over 150 law firms across the globe.

Jerry represents high-net worth individuals, executives and business owners in dissolution of marriage and related matters. He understands the complexity involved in such matters and works diligently with the client to secure a just result.

Notable Work

  • Represented Estate of Brandon Ellingson vs. State of Missouri in a federal civil lawsuit settled for $9 million dollars.
  • Successfully defended many financial institutions and corporations to verdict involving large damage claims including Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and Martin Marietta Materials and others.

Experience

Experience

Work Experience:

  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. ALFA Committee, 2006-2016
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1982—present
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1978—1982
  • Judicial Clerk, Scott County District Court, 1973
  • Judge Advocate and Captain, Certified Trial and Defense Counsel, U.S. Air Force, 1974—1978
  • Financial Committee, City of Clive, Iowa

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • ALFA International (sole Iowa member of Transportation Law Practice Group Steering Committee)
  • American Inns of Court (Bencher: Blackstone Inn of Court, President 2013—2015)
  • DRI, Voice of the Defense Bar (Iowa Liaison: Commercial Litigation Committee, 2000—2003)
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Business Law; Family & Juvenile Law; Litigation; Bench Bar Committee; Pro Se Litigation Task Force)
  • Polk County Bar Association

Seminars Recently Attended:

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2018
  • Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar, December 2017
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association 53rd Annual Meeting and Seminar, September 2017
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2017
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Iowa Fellows Meeting, August 2016
  • Iowa State Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, May 2016
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Practice Seminar, December 2015
  • ALFA International Annual Business Meeting and Women's Initiative Program, October 2015
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Iowa Fellows Meeting, August 2015
  • Transportation Practice Group Seminar, ALFA International, April 2015
  • ALFA International Client Seminar, March 2015
  • ALFA International Annual Business Meeting and Women's Initiative Program, October 2014
  • Iowa State Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, May 2014

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project: recognized for 50 or more pro bono work hours in 2015—2016
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Commercial Litigation (2017); Litigation-Banking & Finance (2014—2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the field of Family Law (2009—2017)

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:

  • Co-presenter, "Practice Pointers: Trial of Complex Dissolution of Marriage Actions," Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 52nd Annual Seminar, February 2014
  • Presenter, “You Won’t Believe What You Can Find on the Internet!” Iowa State Bar Association Bench Bar Conference
  • Frequent presenter at CLE seminars sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, National Business Institute, University of Iowa College of Law, & Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.
  • Adjunct Professor, “Constitutional Law,” Park University, Kansas City, Missouri

Education

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1974, with high distinction,

  • Order of the Coif

St. Thomas University, B.A., 1971, cum laude

  • President, Inter-Fraternity Council
  • President, Chi Theta Nu
  • Commander, Air Force ROTC Corps of Cadets
  • Outstanding Cadet Graduate, 1971

Admissions

  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
    U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
    U.S. District Court - Western District of Missouri
    U.S. Court of Military Appeals
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