Overview

Steve has represented individuals, business managers, and owners in construction, commercial, and business disputes for nearly 20 years. He has an active practice that utilizes a variety of legal strategies including counseling, mediations, arbitrations, and litigation to meet his clients’ needs.

Experience

Experience

Professional Experience

  • Has tried 39 jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration hearings,
  • Has handled 13 appeals to federal and state appellate courts,
  • Has drafted Iowa construction-related legislation and testified at legislative committee hearings on pending construction-related legislation,
  • Has drafted and reviewed construction-related contracts for clients
  • Has handled mechanic's liens, Little Miller Act claims, Miller Act Claims, and other construction-related claims such as payment, delay, and defect claims.

Work Experience

  • Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association, 2009-present
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Construction and Surety Practice Group, 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Litigation Practice Group, 2008-2009, 2018-
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2007-present
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2001-2006
  • Judicial Clerk: Judge Harold Vietor, U.S. District Court for Southern District of Iowa, 1999-2001

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law, 2014-present)
  • Ankeny Leadership Institute
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa (Leadership Academy 2011)
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines
  • Iowa Concrete Paving Association
  • Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (Board of Directors 2014-2016)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Construction Law Section, 2013-present)
  • Master Builders of Iowa (Leadership Program 2010; Associate Council 2009-2013, 2017-present; Government Affairs Committee 2009-present)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association

Selected Presentations

  • Presenter, "Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Key Provisions in Subcontracts," Client Seminar, Altoona, Iowa, February 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers," National Business Institute Seminars, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Dispute Resolution and Claims in the Context of Public Contracting," U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education Program (BEP) with the Surety and Fidelity Association of America, October 2016
  • Presenter, "Construction Law: What Do You Do When...?" National Business Institute Seminars, Des Moines, Iowa, June, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Mechanic's Liens on Residential Construction Property" Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, February 2016.
  • Presenter, "Mechanic's Liens, Public Project Liens, Indemnity and Other Recent Statutes of Interest" Iowa Limestone Annual Convention, February 2016.
  • Presenter, "Does a State Impermissibly Act as a Surety When it Guarantees Subcontractor Payments on State-Owned Projects? The Iowa Supreme Court Says 'No.'" American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law - Division 7 (Insurance, Surety, Liens) September 3, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Proper Procedures for Filing Early Release of Retainage," 2015 Construction Loss Control and Safety Seminar, March 2015.
  • Presenter, "Contract Resolution 101," The Design-Build Institute of America/Iowa Chapter, February 2015.
  • Presenter, "Construction Lien Law in Iowa," Lorman Seminars, October 2014.
  • Presenter, "Public Construction & Mechanic's Liens and Recent Statutes of Interest," American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Cedar Valley Chapter Conference, May 2014
  • Co-Presenter, "A Practical Guide to Construction Liens," National Business Institute, 2013
  • Presenter, "Iowa’s New Anti-Broad-Form Indemnity Law," Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 2012
  • Presenter, "Updates on Iowa's Mechanic's Lien Laws," Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
  • Presenter, "The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts," Lorman Education Services.
  • Presenter,  "Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Iowa," Lorman Education Services.
  • Presenter, "Mechanic’s Liens in Iowa," Iowa State Bar Association.
  • Presenter, "Iowa’s Public-Sector Claims Law – Chapter 573," Master Builders of Iowa.
  • Presented on various construction-related issues for clients and construction industry groups.

Seminars and Events Recently Attended

  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2018
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 96th Annual State Convention, January 2018
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, October 2017
  • Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, April 2017
  • Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference, March 2017
  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2017
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 95th Annual State Convention, January 2017
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, October 2016
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, April 2016
  • Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) Annual Convention, March 2016
  • Iowa Limestone Annual Convention, February 2016
  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2016
  • Iowa Concrete Paving Association 52nd Annual Concrete Paving Workshop, January 2016
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 94th Annual State Convention, January 2016
  • Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Annual Convention, December 2015
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, October 2015
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, April 2015
  • Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) Annual Convention, March 2015
  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2015
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 93rd Annual State Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2015

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Construction Law (2013—18)
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2015 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Construction Litigation (2014—2017)
  • Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project: recognized for 50 or more pro bono work hours in 2016—2017

Cases Published and Other Publications

Cases Published and Other Publications

Published Cases

  • Ewing v. Rochon Corp. of Iowa, 2016 Iowa App LEXIS 11 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016)
  • CSS2 Enter. v. Farmers Coop. Co., 2015 Iowa App LEXIS 762 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015)
  • Star Equip., Ltd. v. State, 843 N.W.2d 446 (Iowa 2014)
  • John T. Jones Constr. Co. v. Hoot Gen. Constr. Co., 613 F.3d 778 (8th Cir. 2010)
  • Accurate Controls, Inc., v. Cerro Gordo County Bd. of Supervisors, 627 F.Supp.2d 976 (N.D. Iowa 2009) & 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14132 (N.D. Iowa 2009)
  • Weitz Co., LLC v. Lloyd's of London, 574 F.3d 885 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • John T. Jones Constr. Co. v. Hoot Gen. Constr. Co., 543 F.Supp.2d 982 (S.D. Iowa 2008) & 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130539 (S.D. Iowa 2009)
  • Saydel Cmty. Sch. Dist. v. The Denis Della Vedova, Inc., 2007 WL 1201748 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007)
  • U.S. v. Vandry, 2007 WL 216291 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Marquart Block Co. v. Denis Della Vedova, Inc., 2006 WL 3018227 (Iowa Ct. App. 2006)
  • Cornell v. Grinnell Mut. Reins. Co., 2006 WL 2419134 (Iowa Ct. App. 2006)
  • U.S. v. Hernandez, 436 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 2006)
  • Lee v. Iowa Dept. of Transp., 693 N.W.2d 342 (Iowa 2005)
  • U.S. v. Perez-Perez, 337 F.3d 990 (8th Cir. 2003)
  • Curtiss v. Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility, 338 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 2003)

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Does a State Impermissibly Act as a Surety When It Guarantees Subcontractor Payments on State-Owned Projects? The Iowa Supreme Court Says 'No.’” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2014.
  • Author, “Appellate Practice Compendium: A Comprehensive, Detailed, Authoritative Guide to Handling Appeals In Any Court,” The Iowa Lawyer, December 2013.
  • Author, "Are Subcontractors Directly Liable to Homebuyers for Defective Construction Claims?" Homebuilders Association of Greater Des Moines Blueprint Magazine, September 2013.
  • Author, “Public Construction Liens in Iowa: A History and Analysis of Iowa Code Chapter 573,” 60 Drake Law Review 101 (Fall 2011).

Education

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1999, with high distinction

  • Senior Managing Editor, Iowa Law Review, 1998-1999

Hope College, B.A., Spanish, 1996, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Iowa
    Nebraska
    U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
    U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska
    U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court
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