Sally’s career in the health care industry as a nurse, nurse educator and lawyer bring a unique perspective to her representation of health care clients. She is primarily involved in providing legal advice and counsel to clients in the health care industry including hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician practices, and nursing facilities. She provides guidance for a wide range of issues in the areas of contracting, licensure, medical staff matters, regulatory compliance, employment and reimbursement issues. Also, Sally advises in the area of elder law including eligibility for federal and state assistance programs.



  • Of Counsel Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2017—present
  • Past Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Health Law Practice Group
  • Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 2003—2016
  • Attorney in private practice, 1988—2003
  • Faculty Member, University of Iowa School of Nursing, 1967—1970
  • Nurse, University of Iowa Hospital, 1969
  • Nurse, VA hospital in Iowa City, 1967

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Sections: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm; Health Law)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: General Practice; Health Law; Chair: Health Law Section, 2004—2005; Editor: Health Law Section Newsletter, 2003—2005)
  • Polk County Bar Association


  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 60th Annual Seminar, February 2022
  • American Health Lawyers Association Physician and Hospitals Law Institute, February, 2017
  • Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Meeting, May 2016
  • Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting, October 2015
  • American Bar Association Physician Issues Conference, June 2015

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected as Health Care Law 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers 

Thought Leadership and Teaching

Thought Leadership and Teaching

  • Frequent presenter on health law topics including Stark and anti-kickback laws; contracts and negotiations for professionals; education of non-profit and governmental boards; and general liability issues.
  • Co-author, chapter of Legal Guide to Iowa Health Law
  • Past Adjunct Professor, “Health Law,” “Negotiations,” and “Legal Research & Writing,” Drake University Law School


Drake University Law School, J.D., 1988, with honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Case Note Editor, Drake Law Review, 1987—1988

University of Iowa, M.A., 1971

University of Iowa, B.S.N., 1967, with highest distinction


  • Iowa
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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