Overview

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 Work

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Experience

Experience

  • 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)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • DRI, Voice of the Defense Bar (Iowa State Representative, 1988—1996; Board of Directors, 1999—2002)
  • 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

Events & Speaking Engagements

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Individual Lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial (2004—2014); Litigation: Insurance (2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009—2018); Commercial Litigation (2006—2018); Litigation - Insurance (2016—2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of General Litigation (2007, 2009—2018)
  • 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 (2013—2016)

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 1969, with high honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Drake Law Review, 1968-1969

Drake University, B.A., 1967

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

Admissions

  • 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
    Iowa
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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