Overview

Rick focuses on trial work involving product liability defense and insurance coverage/bad faith litigation, including related commercial and construction issues. Respected for his analytical and writing skills, Rick has significant experience which has enabled him to achieve successful results in both state and federal court. These achievements have primarily concerned product defect, insurance coverage, and bad faith matters, both pre and post-litigation. Rick has also represented a diverse range clients, including individuals, small businesses, government entities, and multinational corporations. Rick’s success is fostered by early problem identification, comprehensive situational analysis of clients’ individual needs, and developing effective strategies for resolution.

While Rick has earned outstanding successes through summary judgment practice and resolutions that protect his clients’ interests, he has also tried dozens of cases to verdict and successfully handled and argued appeals. His appellate work has entailed oral arguments in the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As a researcher on insurance coverage/bad faith and product liability issues, Rick has authored numerous scholarly and professional articles and lectured on these topics.

Experience

Experience

  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1998—present
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1991—1998

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Sections: Health Law; Litigation; Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Blue Key Service Honor Society
  • DRI, Voice of the Defense, (Product Liability Committee; ACMIE Steering Committee; Chair: Iowa Trial Tactics and Techniques Subcommittee, 1999—2002)
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association (Product Liability Committee)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Health Law; Litigation; Chair: Communications Subcommittee of Litigation Committee, 1997—1999)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
  • Polk County Bar Association

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Selected Published Cases

  • Katzenmeier v. Blackpowder Products, Inc., 628 F.3d 948 (8th Cir. 2010)
  • Weitz Co., LLC v. Lloyd’s of London, 574 F.3d 885 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Dico, Inc. v. Chemical Co., 340 F.3d 525 (8th Cir. 2003)
  • Wright v. Brooke Group Ltd., 652 N.W.2d 159 (Iowa 2002)
  • Boyd v. Norman (In re Estate of Boyd), 634 N.W.2d 630 (Iowa 2001)
  • McClure v. Walgreen Co., 613 N.W.2d 225 (Iowa 2000)
  • City of Burlington v. Western Surety Co., 599 N.W.2d 469 (Iowa 1999)
  • Lovick v. Wil-Rich, 588 N.W.2d 688 (Iowa 1999)
  • Jackson v. Travelers Ins. Co., 26 F. Supp.2d 1153 (S.D. Iowa 1998)
  • Amerson v. Iowa, 94 F.3d 510 (8th Cir. 1996)
  • Trostel v. American Life & Cas. Ins. Co., 92 F.3d 736 (8th Cir. 1996)
  • Patton v. TIC United Corp., 77 F.3d 1235 (10th Cir. 1996)
  • Schaffer by Schaffer v. A.O. Smith Harvestore Products, Inc., 74 F.3d 722 (6th Cir. 1996)
  • Bressler v. Graco Children’s Products, 43 F.3d 379 (8th Cir. 1994)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers," National Business Institute Seminars, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2017
  • Presenter, "Defining 'Occurrence,' 'Property Damage,' 'Accident' and 'Faulty Workmanship' with Recent Case Law" National Business Institute Seminar, December 9, 2015
  • Presenter (with Stephen W. Tyler), "Trigger Allocation and Allegations; When did the Trigger Occur?" National Business Institute Seminar, December 9, 2015
  • Author (with Kevin M. Reynolds), “Iowa Products Liability Law” Defense Update published by the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Winter 2014 (Vol. XVI, No. 1, Page 1)

Education

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1991, with high distinction

  • Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 1990-1991

Truman State University, B.S., 1988, cum laude

Admissions

  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court – Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals – 10th Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court
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