Overview

Through his representation of construction and surety clients in complex litigation matters, Drew’s work includes disputes involving land use, breach of contract, negligent design and implementation, and mechanic’s liens. In the surety realm, Drew frequently resolves payment, performance, and indemnification issues arising between the owner, the contractor, the surety, and its indemnitors. He is recognized for his experience, and is frequently invited to both regional and national seminars to speak on legal issues that impact the industry.

He litigates complex matters within the Estates, Wills, and Trusts arena and has consulted on guardianships, custodianships, large estates, closely held businesses, derivative actions, and multi-million dollar disputes.

Drew regularly counsels clients on a variety of commercial transactions, from drafting forms to negotiating multi-million dollar projects. Industries represented include surety, construction, wind power, and heavy construction equipment suppliers.

In addition to his work with clients, Drew enjoys developing his community through various professional and non-profit organizations. He is an officer of the Blackstone Inn of Court, as well as a member of the ABA-TIPS Fidelity Surety Law committee, National Bond Claims Association, and Polk Bench Bar Committee. Drew also serves as Vice President of the Northwest Soccer Club and regularly volunteers as a mentor and reader with Everybody Wins! Iowa. He was recognized by now Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for Excellence in Mentoring in April, 2017 for his dedication to Everybody Wins! Iowa.

Experience

Experience

  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Law Estate Planning, Probate and Tax Planning Practice Group, 2017—present
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Agricultural Law Practice Group, 2004—2016
  • Co-chair, Whitfield & Eddy Law Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, 2008—2013, 2018—present
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2007—present
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2000—2006
  • Judicial Intern: Attorney General of Iowa, Environmental Enforcement Division, 2000

Activities and Affiliations

  • National Bond Claims Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • American Bar Association (Sections: Fidelity Surety Law Committee; Forum on the Construction Industry; International Law; Litigation; Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice)
  • American Inns of Court (Counselor on Executive Board and Bencher:  Blackstone Inn of Court)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Agricultural Law; International Law; Labor & Employment Law)
  • Polk County Bar Association (Bench Bar Committee)

Seminars

  • National Bond Claims Association Annual Meeting, October 2018
  • National Bond Claims Association Annual Meeting, October 2017
  • American Bar Association, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2017
  • Fidelity Surety Law Committee Spring Meeting, 2013
  • The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, 2012

News & Events

Events & Speaking Engagements

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Published Cases

  • Bland v. Verizon and Reid, 538 F.3d 893 (8th Cir. 2008)
  • Estate of Ballard v. Hazel’s Blue Sky, 653 N.W.2d 609 (Iowa 2002)

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments

  • Co-presenter (with Jason T. Farley, Merchants Bonding), “Arbitration Venue and the Interplay of Home Rule Statutes with the Federal Arbitration Act,” 2018 National Bond Claims Seminar, Pinehurst, NC, October, 2018
  • Co-author (with Bryce D. Holzer), "Public or Private: When Does a Private Claim Become a Public Improvement Payment Bond Claim," Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Fall 2017
  • Presenter, "Recent Successful Caselaw on Collateral Deposit," The Surety's Application to Compel the Deposit of Collateral Under the General Indemnity Agreement ABA-TIPS Webinar, June 2017
  • Co-author (with Sara James), "Employment Law Update," Iowa chapter, ALFA International Employment Law Compendium, 2017 Edition
  • Co-author (with Danya Keller), "Overview of Public Bonding in Iowa," Iowa Defense Counsel Association Update Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Winter 2016
  • Presenter, "Detangling Indemnification and Shifting Liability" National Business Institute Seminar, December 9, 2015
  • Co-author (with Danya Keller), "The Use of Confession in Judgment Clauses Within Indemnity Agreements," Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Fall 2015.
  • Presenter, "Texas Indemnity Defenses," Cashin Spinelli & Ferretti, LLC, Schaumburg, IL, May 20, 2015
  • Presenter, "Visual Artists Rights Act and the Copyright Act," Iowa Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), September 18, 2014
  • Panelist, "Defenses Available to Principals and Indemnitors," American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Midwinter Program, January 2014
  • Presenter, “Indemnity Defenses in the Surety Context,” January 2014
  • Presenter, "Texas Indemnity Defenses," September 2014
  • Contributor, Iowa chapter, ALFA International Insurance Law Compendium: Nationwide Desk Reference of Life, Accident and Health Insurance Law, 2004 Edition

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 2000, with honors

  • Member, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, 1999—2000

Drake University, B.A.,1994

Admissions

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