agricultural and commercial real estate lending

Nick represents financial institutions in virtually every aspect of secured credit facilities. Working with banks, insurance companies, and other equity and credit providers, he is involved in the entire lending process; from origination of the loan, to documentation of the loan, to collection actions in the courtroom. Nick closes multi-million dollar commercial loans across the country and agricultural loans across the Midwest on a weekly basis. Nick also has vast experience working on behalf of lenders in court, having represented lenders in hundreds of cases throughout Iowa. Whether making the deal or ending the deal, Nick takes great pride in communicating with his clients to ensure their goals are achieved.

local and national entertainment and hospitality business advisor

He is also one of the few lawyers in the state to support the alcoholic beverage industry as a proud member of the National Association Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP). Nick is considered the go-to lawyer when it comes to licensing in Iowa by entertainment and hospitality industry professionals. He represents local and national retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to ensure these industry members effectively and properly navigate the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and local authority requirements in obtaining and retaining their liquor licenses in Iowa. Nick has built strong relationships with the State of Iowa regulators and local authorities across the state.

Dental practice legal representation in iowa

Nick has also built a successful dental law practice with ongoing representation of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals throughout central Iowa. Nick, and his team, regularly assists dental professionals in the creation of new entities and starting a practice, buying, selling or leasing real estate, documenting the purchase or sale of a practice, preparing and reviewing employment and associate agreements, and handling disputes. Whether starting a new practice, selling a practice, or dealing with the ongoing issues related to maintaining the business, Nick has the expertise necessary to help navigate the myriad of complex legal issues that may arise.

law firm and legal community leadership

His colleagues, members of the Bar, and community members have applauded Nick’s leadership and communication abilities. Nick was the youngest member elected to the management team at Whitfield & Eddy and served as the chair of the firm’s management committee. Nick also serves on numerous community and legal boards as well as state bar committees and is a past president of the Polk County Bar Association. He has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and is a graduate of Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program.

Notable Work

  • In 2023, Nick once again led his hardworking and talented team in connection with his ongoing representation of multiple financial institutions to document and close loan and servicing transactions across the country totaling nearly one billion dollars.

  • Ongoing representation of many of the largest national restaurant chains with regard to licensing requirements throughout Iowa.

Contact Nick today or call 515-288-6041 for more information. 



  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Business and Banking Practice Group, 2022—present
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee, 2016—2019
  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee, 2014—2019
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Professional Recruitment Committee, 2013
  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Professional Recruitment Committee, 2010—2012
  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., Associate Professional Development Committee, 2007—2009
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Gritzner, 2003

Activities and Affiliations

  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, 2010
  • American Bar Association (Sections of Business Law, Family Law, and Litigation)
  • Drake Law School Board of Counselors
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2021—present; Sections of Business Law, Commercial & Bankruptcy Law, Family & Juvenile Law, General Practice, and Litigation; Member, Access to Justice Committee)
  • Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council, District 5C Elected Representative, (2004—2013)
  • Polk County Bar Association, Co-chair Polk County Young Lawyers Division (2009—2010), Board of Directors (2014—2016), Secretary (2016—2017), Vice President (2018—2019), President-Elect (2019—2020), President (2020—2021)
  • Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (2009 — 2014), Vice President (2010 — 2011), President (2011 — 2014)


  • 17th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2022
  • 15th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2020
  • 14th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2019
  • 13th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2018
  • 12th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2017
  • 11th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2016
  • 10th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2015
  • Managing Partner Forum 2015 Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2015
  • 9th Annual Conference, National Association of Liquor Licensing Professionals (NALCP), October 2014
  • 2014 Central Regional Conference, National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), October 2014

News & Events

Events & Speaking Engagements

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law, and Commercial Litigation (2020—2024)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the field of Business/Corporate (Rising Stars: 2013—2014)
  • Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project: recognized for 50 or more pro bono work hours (2011—2012, 2012—2013, 2014—2015, 2015—2016, 2016—2017, and 2017—2018). Recognized for pro bono work hours in (2019—2020, 2021—2022)
  • Recipient of the Polk County Bar Associations Volunteer Lawyers (PCBA VLP) Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2008

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Published Cases

  • First American Bank v. Urbandale Laser Wash, LLC, et al., 871 N.W.2d 127 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015)
  • Walnut Brewery, Inc. d/b/a Rock Bottom Brewery v. Iowa Department of Commerce-Alcoholic Beverages Division, 775 N.W.2d 724 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009)
  • Liberty Bank, F.S.B. v. Best Litho, Inc., et al., 737 N.W.2d 312 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007)

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments

  • Panelist, "Legislative Recap," National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals 17th Annual Conference, September 2022
  • Co-Author, Co-Presenter (with Danya Keller), "Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and Insurance" and "Licensing, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance," Brewery and Distillery Law in Iowa, National Business Institute, June 2017
  • Author, “The Iowa Program for Alcohol Compliance Training,” National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals’ Newsletter, March 2013
  • Author, “Infusion Comes To Iowa,” National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals’Newsletter, Fall 2012
  • Author (with Kevin M. Reynolds), “Some ‘Unique’ Defenses Applicable to Punitive Damage Claims in Iowa,” Defense Update: The Iowa Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, Summer 2006
  • Presenter (with Mark Hanson), “Drug and Crime Prevention in Apartments,” Iowa Landlord Association Fall 2004 Educational Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, December 4, 2004
  • Author, “Annexation in Iowa and the ‘Textbook Example’ of a Voluntary Annexation that Hardly Seems Voluntary,” Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Spring 2004


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

  • President, Student Bar Association
  • Recipient: Drake University President of the Year Award for leadership in strengthening the character and unity of campus
  • Midwest Academic Scholar
  • James P. Irish Scholar
  • Recipient: Timothy N. Carlucci Award for civility and professionalism
  • Recipient: Martin Tollefson Award for leadership and service to the Drake University Law School
  • Recipient: Outstanding Note of the Year Award
  • Recipient: Dean's Service Award
  • Junior and Senior Staff Member, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
  • Recipient: Public Service Certificate

University of Iowa, B.B.A.


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    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa

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