David Nelson’s primary areas of practice are in real estate and commercial business matters.  He has had over 30 years of experience in real estate law, including having served as general counsel for one of Iowa’s largest residential real estate brokers and developers. His current areas of practice include residential and commercial real estate title and settlement services. He was a former member of the Title Standards Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association.

In the Chambers USA guide 2021, an interviewee described Dave as "a really good real estate attorney and very practical in his approach" and "an experienced and very knowledgeable practitioner."

David also represents buyers and sellers in residential property transactions and closings in the Ankeny, Iowa area.



  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Law Real Estate Law Practice Group, 2017—present
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2003—present
  • Shareholder, Davis Law Firm, 1996—2003
  • President of real estate company, 1994—1996
  • Attorney in private practice, 1979—1990

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Sections: Real Property, Probate & Trust Law)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Environmental & Natural Resources; Real Estate & Title Law; Member: Title Standards Committee, Real Estate & Title Law Section)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar (Inactive)

Seminars Recently Attended

  • Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2020
  • General Practice Review CLE, Drake Law School, December, 2018

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Individual Lawyer in Real Estate (Chambers USA: 2014—2022)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Real Estate (2015—2021)


Drake University Law School, J.D., 1978

Drake University, M.S.T., 1971

Cornell College, B.A., 1970


  • Iowa

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