Overview

Steve provides advice on public and private projects (horizontal and vertical) involving contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, material suppliers, insurers, and sureties. He has successfully litigated and arbitrated (as both plaintiff and defendant) a wide variety of construction based claims, including claims of defective construction, delay, breach of contract, and professional negligence. He also routinely assists clients in resolving problems before they escalate to litigation or arbitration. Steve doesn’t ignore the economics of the situation and delivers recommendations that are both practical and achievable.

Active in the construction industry, Steve is a member of the Master Builders of Iowa, Association of General Contractors of Iowa, and the Iowa Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America. Steve regularly delivers presentations on mechanic’s liens, public project claims, case law and legislative updates, and construction contract issues to clients, construction industry groups, and continuing legal education seminars.

Experience

Experience

  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 2013—present
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 2006—2012
  • Member, Carpenters’ Union Local 106, 2001—2003
  • President, Tyler Construction Company, 1997—2000
  • Carpenter, commercial and residential remodeling, 1994—2003

Activities and Affiliations

  • Lincoln Inne of Court
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa Leadership Academy (2015—2016)
  • Master Builders of Iowa (Legislative Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; General Practice, Solo & Small Firm; Public Contract Law; Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; Member, Construction Law Section Council)
  • Polk County Bar Association

Seminars 

  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, October 2018
  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2018
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, October 2017
  • Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, April 2017
  • Master Builders of Iowa Annual Winter Conference, February 2017
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa, 95th Annual State Convention, January 2017
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Practice Seminar, December 2016
  • Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, American Bar Association, October 2016
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, April 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
  • Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, American Bar Association, Program Coordinator, October 2015

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America as the Des Moines area's 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Construction Law
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Construction Law; Litigation - Construction (2018-19), and Litigation - Construction (2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Construction Litigation (2018; Rising Stars: 2014—2016)

Presentations

Presentations

  • Presenter, "Contract Management & Dispute Resolution Provisions for Design Professionals Seminar" American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter, January 2018
  • Presenter, "Statutory and Case Law Update / Claims Against Design Professionals," Iowa Engineering Society Professional Development Seminar (Central Iowa Chapter), December 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Case Law Update" Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, April 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Understanding Construction Arbitration," Master Builders of Iowa Annual Seminar, Altoona, Iowa, February 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers," National Business Institute Seminars, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2017
  • Presenter, "Construction Law: What Do You Do When...?" National Business Institute Seminars, Des Moines, Iowa, June, 2016.
  • Presenter (with Richard J. Kirschman), "Trigger Allocation and Allegations; When did the Trigger Occur?" National Business Institute Seminar, December 9, 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

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 2006

University of Iowa, B.A., 1992, with distinction

Admissions

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