Overview

Maureen is an Of Counsel attorney and has represented clients in a broad range of litigation and workers compensation matters, with a base of experience in the hospitality and trucking industries. She carefully gathers client information and builds a plan to address the matters at hand and strategies to achieve a successful outcome. She has tried cases in state and federal courts in Iowa, before state administrative agencies, and argued appeals before the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to her legal work, she makes civic engagement a priority, and serves on a number of boards, including Mercy Hospital Foundation (2008—present) and is the current board chair for Future Leaders in Action (2015—present). She and her husband, Terry, co-chair a successful fundraising event each year for Self-Help International, a Waverly, Iowa based non-profit that focuses on empowering global women by providing training and micro-loans to women in Nicaragua and Ghana. She is also active in the Des Moines chapter of 100 Women Who Care, and serves as a member of the Polk County Compensation Commission, an advisory board charged with recommending salary levels for local elected officials.

Experience

Experience

  • Of Counsel Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2018—present
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Marketing Committee, 2010—2012
  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee, 2007—2009
  • Past Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Workers’ Compensation Practice Group
  • Past Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. ALFA International Committee
  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Management Committee, 2004—2006
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1994—2017
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1987—1993
  • Judicial Clerk, Federal District Judge Harold Vietor, 1986

Activities and Affiliations

  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Board of Directors, 1998-2002, Co-President, 2001—2002
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Transformational Leadership, 2000
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Graduate 1997
  • Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; Workers’ Compensation)
  • Iowa State Fair Foundation Board of Governors
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Board of Directors, 1990—1994
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys, President, 1993

Seminars 

  • Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Seminar, April 2018
  • Iowa State Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, May 2016
  • Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Seminar, April 2016
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Practice Seminar, December 2015
  • 53rd Annual Iowa Workers' Compensation Symposium, June 2015
  • 36th Annual Seminar, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, October 2014

News & Events

Events & Speaking Engagements

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project: recognized for pro bono work hours in 2016—2017

Published Cases

Published Cases

  • Johnson v. Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Group, 680 N.W.2d 378 (Iowa Ct. App. 2004)
  • United Fire & Cas. Co. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 677 N.W.2d 755 (Iowa 2004)
  • Johnson v. Heartland Specialty Foods, 672 N.W.2d 326 (Iowa 2003)
  • Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia v. Bill’s Rentals, Inc., 330 F.3d 1041; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 11221 (8th Cir. Iowa, 2003)
  • Zamora V. Des Moines Marriott, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission Appeal Decision File No. 1278406 (09/19/2003)
  • McIlravy v. North River Ins. Co., 563 N.W.2d 323 (Iowa 2002)
  • Tudovic v. Marriott, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission File No. 1247573 (06/06/2002)
  • Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia v. Bill’s Rentals, Inc., 251 F.2d 718; 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 9298 (8th Cir. Iowa, 2001)
  • Day v. R.G. Elders & Son Co., Inc., Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission Appeal Decision File No. 1197472 (01/31/2000)
  • Swain v. Kennedy & Co., Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission File No. 1167969 (07/19/1999)
  • Andrew v. Decker Truck Lines Inc., Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission File No. 1140549 (04/07/1998).
  • Bedell v. Marriott Corporation, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission File No. 1124137 (02/14/1997)
  • Hillrichs v. Avco Corp., 514 N.W.2d 94 (Iowa 1994)
  • Bloomquist v. Wapello County, 500 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 1993)
  • Hillrichs v. Avco Corp., 478 N.W.2d 70 (Iowa 1991)
  • Fell v. Kewanee Farm Equipment Co., Div. of Allied Products, 457 N.W.2d 911 (Iowa 1990)

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 1987, with honors

University of Iowa, B.A., 1979

  • Managing Editor, The Daily Iowan, 1978-1979

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
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