Overview

Tom Henderson has been recognized by his peers for inclusion as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Both are select groups of attorneys with significant trial practice and results. His experience in the courtroom allows him to guide clients to the best possible outcome in each case. He regularly appears in court on behalf of clients in construction, personal injury, product liability, dram shop, and workers’ compensation matters.

Tom serves as city attorney to central Iowa municipalities and represents them in meetings, planning, and community management issues including legislation, personnel, development, open meetings, and other issues. As a result of his experience as a city attorney, he has also represents clients with regard to development and zoning matters before both county and city governments.

He regularly represents businesses in the hospitality industry in dram shop and liquor liability matters. Clients include restaurants and bars in central Iowa. Tom’s service provides analysis, negotiation, and if necessary, court appearances on behalf of the insurer and insured. He has had multiple successes at the Iowa Supreme Court in dram shop cases that have helped define the law in this area.

Notable Work:

  • City Attorney, City of Grimes, Iowa, 1991—present
  • City Attorney, City of Elkhart, Iowa, 2017—present

Experience

Experience

  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1990—present
  • Co-chair, Whitfield & Eddy Litigation Practice Group, 2016—2017
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1985—1990
  • City Attorney, City of Grimes, Iowa, 1991—present
  • Attorney, Hopkins & Huebner, 1980—1985

Activities and Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American Inns of Court (Blackstone Inn of Court)
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Chair: Public Relations Committee, 2009—2015; Chair: LawPAC, 2006—present; Chair: Annual Meeting Committee, 1991—1994; President: Young Lawyers Division, 1987—1988; Litigation Section Council, 1990—1992; Board of Governors, 1986—1988; Scope and Correlation Committee, 2004—2005)
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Polk County Bar Association

Seminars 

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2018
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Seminar, November, 2017

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Published Cases:

  • City of Asbury v. Iowa City Dev. Bd., 723 N.W. 2d 188 (Iowa 2006)
  • City of Dubuque v. Iowa Dist. Court, 725 N.W. 2d 449 (Iowa 2006)
  • Dorrian v. Hazel’s Blue Sky Diner (in Re Estate of Ballard), 563 N.W. 2d 609 (Iowa 2002)
  • Rife v. D.T. Corner, Inc., 641 N.W.2d 761 (Iowa 2002)
  • Nesbit v. Myers, 576 N.W.2d 613 (Iowa Ct. App. 1998)
  • Des Moines Metro. Area Solid Waste Agency v. Grimes, 495 N.W.2d 746 Iowa 1993)
  • Grimes v. Polk County Bd. of Supervisors, 495 N.W.2d 751 (Iowa 1993)
  • Tanberg v. Ackerman Inv. Co., 473 N.W.2d 193 (Iowa 1991)
  • Acceptance Ins. Co. v. United States Fire Inc. Co., 471 N.W.2d 791 (Iowa 1991)
  • In re Estate Rucker, 442 N.W.2d 113, (Iowa 1989)

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:

  • Presenter, “Dram Shop Primer: Defense & Plaintiff Perspectives,” Iowa Association for Justice Trial Lawyers Conference, Februrary 2018
  • Presenter, “Iowa Dram Shop Law,” Iowa Defense Counsel Association 48th Annual Meeting and Seminar, September 2012
  • Presenter, “Ethics Workshop,” Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapist Annual Conference, April 2012
  • Presenter, “Iowa’s Dram Shop Law,” Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Meeting, March 2005
  • Adjunct Professor, “Settlement Negotiations” and “Client Counseling & Interviewing,” Drake University Law School, 1983-1992

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 1980

  • Moot Court Board, 1978—1980

Drake University, B.A., 1977, cum laude

  • Student Body President, 1975—1976
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

Admissions

  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
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