Overview

Steve is a highly respected trial lawyer who defends clients in court as counsel to individuals, insurance companies, small businesses, corporations, and financial institutions.

It is Steve’s goal to provide clients thoughtful and cost-effective legal advice. His full-service work for his clients includes topical advice on litigation avoidance and best practices, claim investigations, mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Steve’s membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a testament to his experience as a trial lawyer, as ABOTA requires significant jury trial experience as a condition of admission. Steve was elected by his peers and served as the President of the Iowa Chapter of ABOTA when the local chapter was awarded “Chapter of the Year” honors by the national ABOTA organization in 2014. Steve is also an active member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a widely recognized defense organization composed of leaders who have achieved professional distinction in their respective practice areas. Membership in the FDCC is highly selective and by nomination only. He was elected to fellowship in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers by members of that organization in 2013.

Experience

Experience

Work Experience:

  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 2003—present
  • Past Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Insurance Law Practice Group
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1998—2003
  • Attorney, Shull, Cosgrove, Hellige & Lundberg, Sioux City, Iowa, 1996—1998

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) 
  • Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board Representative, 2015; President, 2014; President-Elect, 2013; Vice President, 2012)
  • DRI, Voice of the Defense Bar
  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Iowa Association of Business & Industry (Tort Reform Committee)
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association (At-Large Member, Board of Directors 2017—present; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2014—present)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • State Bar of South Dakota

Seminars Recently Attended:

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2018
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Chapter Leadership Conference and Annual/National Board Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January, 2018
  • 53rd Annual Meeting and Seminar, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, September 2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Masters In Trial Seminar, May 2017
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting, February 2017
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2017
  • 54th Annual Seminar, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 2016
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Annual/National Board Meeting, January 2016

News & Events

Affiliations

Affiliations

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Westfield Insurance Golden Gavel Award, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Civil Litigation (Defense) (2013—2017)
  • Iowa Defense Council President's Award, 2015

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases

  • Struebing v. Addison Insurance Co., 2017 WL 6033883
  • Villarreal v. United Fire & Casualty Co., 2016 WL 97328
  • Luze v. Zurich American Insurance Company, November 04 Slip Copy 2016 WL 6581198
  • Gehrke , Inc. v. Steeple Chase Farms, LLC, 2016 WL 156025
  • Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. PGI Intern., 2016 WL 1680978
  • Estate of McFarlin v. Lakeside Marina, Inc., 2013 WL 5770997
  • Scaglione v. Lamar Co., LLC, 2007 WL 2964382

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:

Steve is a frequent presenter on topics of interest to litigators and insurance industry claims professionals.

  • Presenter, "Expedited Civil Action (ECA) in Iowa," Dubuque County Bar Association, September 2016
  • Author, "Expedited Civil Actions in Iowa - A Defense Perspective," Iowa Defense Counsel Association Defense Update, Spring 2016
  • Presenter, "Civility Matters," Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2016
  • Panelist, "Civility Matters," Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), April 2014
  • Author, The Iowa Lawyer, ABOTA College Gives Young Attorneys Trial Experience, June 2012
  • Presenter, Iowa Defense Counsel Annual Seminar, 2001 and 2002
  • Author (with Scott Hindman and James Radig), Iowa Chapter, State by State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, 1998 Edition

Industries

Education

University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1996

  • Allen Moot Court Board, 1995—1996

Morningside College, B.S., 1993, cum laude

Admissions

  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    Nebraska
    U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska
    South Dakota
    U.S. District Court - District of South Dakota
    U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
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