Dave had an active litigation practice defending insurance clients and was a past chair of the firm’s Insurance law practice group. A substantial part of his practice consisted of defending professionals, including CPAs, lawyers and doctors. He also handled commercial litigation and was active in trial work and appellate work.

He was well regarded by clients, counsel and judges through his career. In Chambers USA and an interviewee remarked “if he told me it was snowing outside, I wouldn’t even look out the window before getting my coat.”

Notable Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates



  • Advisor, Whitfield & Eddy Associate Professional Development Committee, 2016—present
  • Of Counsel Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2015—present
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1974—2015
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee, 2007—2008
  • General Counsel, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2001—2007
  • Past Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Insurance Law Practice Group 
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1969—1974

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Diplomate)
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • DRI, Voice of the Defense Bar (Iowa State Representative, 1988—1996; Board of Directors, 1999—2002)
  • Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association (Recipient of Meritorious Service Award, 2014; President, 1986-1987)
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association Trial Academy (Director, 1981)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation)
  • Joint Trial Academy conducted by the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Faculty Member, 1995)

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers 
  • Selected as the Des Moines area’s Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star – Iowa in Insurance


Drake University Law School, J.D., with high honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Drake Law Review,

Drake University, B.A.

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society


  • U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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