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Joel T.S. Greer

Joel T.S. Greer
PH: 641-752-5467
FAX: 641-752-4370


2017-2018 10 Best

Professional Experience

Practice has been in general practice, including civil litigation, civil appellate work, insurance defense, workers compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, corporation, employment law, mediation, arbitration, banking, insurance, real estate, divorce, social security, a rare criminal case, and probate since admission to bar.

Litigation experience has included: multidistrict antitrust litigation; a jury verdict exceeding $2.5 million in a 1987 Marshall County breach of commercial contract claim against a lawyer and two accountants, affirmed on appeal; products liability cases to verdict, affirmed on appeal; an active insurance defense practice, including statewide workers compensation defense of a national retail department store chain and automobile and casualty insurance defense for several established carriers in multi-county areas covering several judicial districts in the state court, and both northern and southern districts of federal court. Appellate experience has included new law on defending municipalities against claim for punitive damages in Iowa, a divorce involving over $16 million, fraudulent transfers by accountants and other professionals, two separate cases on the extent of subrogation rights of workers compensation carriers as relates to awards or settlements from third party defendants, insurer's credit for payments made for benefit of car owner in default judgment against consent driver, and administrative appeal of professional licensure sanctions. Other experience has included work on cases involving toxic tort pesticide personal injuries, environmental remediation coverage, railroad collision closed head injuries, aircraft crash products liability personal injury, pharmacist malpractice defense, medical malpractice for plaintiff (one rural country verdict setting a record for the then highest award against an Iowa physician), medical malpractice defense, first- and third-party carrier bad faith, and significant commercial breaches of contract (one involving well over $40 million, another over $2 million).

Representative clients have included Allied Group Insurance/Nationwide, American Family Insurance Group, Campbell Oil Company, Dayco Industrial Division, Donco Air Products, Employers Mutual Companies, Fisher Controls International, Inc., Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Home Rental Center, IMT Insurance, Kmart Corporation, Lennox Industries, Inc., Marshall Mutual Insurance Association, Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, Marshall Engineering Products Company (MEPCO), Naeve Health Care Corporation, RACOM Corporation, Saint Paul Fire & Marine Insurance, State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance, United Fire & Casualty Insurance, Wolfe Clinic, P.C.

American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1%); Superb Rated Attorney by AVVO Rating 10/10; Great Plains Superlawyers and Iowa Superlawyers (top 5%); Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 250); Martindale-Hubbell AV personal rating; the law firm and each partner is also AV rated and the firm is listed among Martindale's Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys

Professional & Community Activities

  1. American Bar Association (1978-)
    1. Tort & Insurance Practice Section (1/ Trial Techniques, 2/ Toxic and Hazardous Substances, 3/ Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committees (1989-) and 4/ Medicine & Law Committee (1990-))
    2. Law Practice Management Section, Litigation, Laptops, Local Area Networks, Word Processing interest group member (1989-95)
    3. Litigation Section (1989-)
  2. Barrister, Blackstone Inn of Court, Des Moines (1989-1991)
  3. Iowa State Bar Association (1978-)
    1. Executive Council, Young Lawyers Section (1980-1985)
    2. Committee on Law & the Behavioral Sciences (1983-87)
    3. Electronic Research Committee (1989-1995)
    4. Performed volunteer investigatory work for the Committee on Professional Ethics (1980-86)
    5. Bench-Bar Conference Committee (Member 1990-91, 2000-)(Co-Chair 1990-91)
    6. Litigation Section (Member, 1990-)(Council, 1999-2001, 2003-)
    7. Judicial District 2B Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, Chairperson (1990-)
    8. Member, Worker's Compensation Section, (a) Legislation Committee (1990-), (b) Liaison to the Division of Industrial Services Committee (1990-)
    9. Law Practice Management Section (Member, 1990-95)(Council, 1993-97, 2000-02)
    10. Public Relations Committee (Member 1995-2001)(Chair 1999-2000)
    11. Litigation Council (1999-)
    12. Board of Governors (2000-08)
    13. President (2007-08)
    14. Judicial Administration Committee (2010-)
    15. Co-Chair and co-emcee, Bench Bar Conference (2011-12)
  4. Clay County Bar Association (1980-1986)
  5. Marshall County Bar Association (1986-), President (2012)
  6. Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1978-2006); participation in out-of-state task force drives in Ohio, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Texas, and California; membership converted to associate membership only in 1993
  7. Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
    1. Board of Governors (1985-1992)
    2. V.P. and Chair, Membership Committee (1985)
    3. Statehouse Watch Committee (1984)
    4. State trial lawyers reciprocal fundraising in California, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, and New Hampshire
  8. Third Judicial District Nominating Commission (1984-1986)
  9. Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc. (1988-)
  10. Selected for Who's Who in American Law (1990), Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America (1990) by Marquis Who's Who; selected for Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans by Citation's Who's Who (1991); 2000 Notable American Men by American Biographical Institute (1992); Cambridge Who's Who among Executives and Professionals (2009-2010); Top Iowa Lawyers, by SuperLawyers (2007), Top Great Plains Lawyers, by SuperLawyers (2009, 2011, 2012; limited to top 5%)(Thomson Reuters FindLaw); Superb Rated Attorney by Avvo (10/10)(2011)
  11. Iowa Defense Counsel Association (1992-)(Trial demonstrations for law schools 1996, 1999-2002); Board of Directors (2012-)
  12. Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, elected1993)(Board of Governors, 1995-2003)(President, 2001-2002)
  13. The Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association (1994-)
  14. Trained Mediator, Advanced Mediation Techniques, Resolute Systems, Inc. (Richard Calkins) (1998); board certified by American Academy of ADR Attorneys (2002-)
  15. Iowa Supreme Court Budget Committee (1999-2003)
  16. Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission (Member, 1996-2002) (Chairperson, 1999-2005)
  17. American Academy of ADR Attorneys (Founder, and Board of Directors, 1999-2002)
  18. Second Judicial District Nominating Commission, 2B (2000-2006)
  19. State Judicial Nominating Commission (2001-2006)
  20. American College of Barristers (2001-); College of Master Advocates & Barristers (2001-)
  21. Fellow, American College of Barristers (2001-)
  22. Fellow, College of Master Advocates & Barristers (2001-)
  23. Life Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation (2006-)
  24. Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2008-)
  25. Iowa Valley Community College Paralegal Advisory Board (2010-)
  26. Nominee, Iowa Court of Appeals (2010)
  27. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1%)(2012-)
  28. Lectures, Speeches, Panels:
    1. Lecturer, Iowa Trial Lawyers Seminar (Dram Shop Law in Iowa) May 1986
    2. Lecturer, Seminar for Legal Assistants of Iowa (Jury Selection) June 1987
    3. Lecturer, Sum-mer Seminar (Alterna-tive Dispute Resolution) August, 1990
    4. Speaker, Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition, Iowa Law School (Advocacy) October 1995
    5. Lecturer, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Role of Requested Jury Instructions and Forms of Verdict; and Panel: Improving the Jury System) February 1997
    6. Lecturer, I.S.B.A. Annual Meeting (Voir Dire Techniques demonstration) June 1997
    7. Lecturer, Young Lawyers Seminar (Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage) August 1997
    8. Lecturer, presenter of mock medical negligence trial to Drake Law Advocacy Class, Iowa Defense Counsel Association as sponsor, 1997-99
    9. Lecturer, presenter of mock medical negligence trial to Iowa Law School Freshmen and Iowa Medical School Freshman, Iowa Defense Counsel Association as sponsor, 1997-99
    10. Lecturer, Lorman Education Services (Insurance Litigation in Iowa, UM/UIM Motorists) December 1998
    11. Panelist, I.S.B.A. Annual Meeting (The Judges' Role as Gatekeeper: Science and Technology in the Courtroom; Moderator Professor Charles Nesson) June 1999
    12. Lecturer, Iowa Law School and Iowa Defense Counsel Association 2000 Joint Trial Advocacy Program (Opening Statements) August 2000
    13. Lecturer, panelist, I.S.B.A. Appellate Practice Committee Seminar (Presenting an Appeal: Suggestions on Effective Brief Writing and Effective Oral Advocacy) October 2000
    14. Chair and moderator, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 2001 Annual Seminar
    15. Lecturer, Lawyers Chautauqua (Ethics--How to Avoid the Complaint, and What to do Once One is Filed) May 2002; May 2003
    16. Lecturer, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (The Plaintiff Lawyer's Guide to Avoiding the Grievance Commission) June 2003
    17. Co-presenter, National Business Institute (Handling the Automobile Injury Claim in Iowa) March 2004
    18. Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Winning Techniques in Trial Advocacy (A Lawyer's Guide to the Grievance Commission; and Ethics Jeopardy panel with Justice M. J. Streit) March 2004
    19. Lecturer, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Auto/PI Practice (8 Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing Your Client for Deposition) July 2004
    20. Iowa Defense Counsel Annual Seminar (Lawyer's Guide to the Grievance Commission and What to do Once a Complaint is Filed) September 2004
    21. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Annual Claim Meeting (Deposition Do's and Don'ts) October 2004
    22. Co-presenter, National Business Institute (Insurance Coverage Law in Iowa) January 2005
    23. Panelist, New Ethics Rules, ISBA Traveling Seminar, Clear Lake, Waterloo, October 2005
    24. Lecturer, 3d District Lawyers Chautauqua (Lawyers' Guide to the Grievance Commission), Okoboji, June 2007
    25. Panelist, University of Iowa Law School, Volunteerism--Do Good, Do Well, September 2007
    26. Panelist, Story County Bar Association (Ethics Jeopardy) January 2008
    27. Lecturer, Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy (Using Jury Selection to Increase Your Success at Trial; and Ethical Considerations), NBI, Des Moines, September 2008
    28. Panelist, Iowa Supreme Court Judicial Administration Bench Bar Conference, Panora, October 2008
    29. Lecturer, Insurance Coverage Litigation (Litigating the Insurance Claim; and Common Ethical Issues and How to Respond), NBI, Des Moines, October 2008
    30. Panelist, ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference (Will Your Practice Survive a Disaster), Moravia, Iowa (July 2009)
    31. Lecturer, Lawyer's Guide to the Grievance Commission, and What to Do Once a Complaint is Filed (Marshall County Bar Association, November 2009)
    32. Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Challenges, NBI, West Des Moines, Iowa, December 2009
    33. Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Challenges, NBI, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, December 2009
    34. Lecturer, 3d District Lawyers Chautauqua (Ethics ), Okoboji, June 2010
    35. Presenter, Iowa City Rotary (Maintaining Fair & Impartial Courts in Iowa), September 2010
    36. Lecturer, Iowa League of Women Voters, Marshalltown Library (Emerging Issue: Judicial Retention; Iowa's Current Merit System for Judicial Retention), October 2010
    37. Lecturer, Use of Jury Questionnaires, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Coralville, April 2011

Civic & Political Activities

  1. Clay County Council on Aging (Board of Directors, 1981-1986; Chairperson, 1985-1986)
  2. Clay County Child Abuse Council (Chairperson, 1981-1986)
  3. Clay County Democrats, campaign worker and fundraiser for campaigns of Harold Hughes for Governor, Tom Miller for Attorney General, Berkley Bedell for Congress, John Culver for Senate, Tom Harkin for Senate; delegate to state convention (1982); Marshall County Democrats, county chair for John Crystal for Governor; alternate delegate state convention (2008)
  4. Hy-Noon Kiwanis (member, 1981-1986; Board of Directors, 1984-1986)
  5. Jaycees (member, 1981-1986)
  6. Big Brothers of Clay County (Board member, 1981-1986; Vice President 1984; President, 1985-1986)
  7. United Way (Board of Directors, 1984-1986, 1991-1997; Vice President, 1992; President, 1993; Chair, Special Gifts Campaign, 2001; Vice Campaign Chair, 2001; Campaign Co-chair, 2002)
  8. Sunset Retirement Home (Board of Directors, 1984-1986; Vice President, 1986)
  9. Republican Party, Clay County Central Committee (1986), delegate to state convention (1986); Marshall County parliamentarian and state delegate (1988)
  10. Rotary International (member, 1987-; Board of Directors, 1993-95, 2004-08; Chair International Service, 1994-95, Chair, Membership Development Committee, 1996-98; Chair, Classification 1998-00; Chair, Student Rotarians, 2000-2003; Chair, Retention Committee, 2003-; President, 2006-07)
  11. First Congregational Church (Board of Deacons 1989-95, Chairperson, 1994-95; Assistant Moderator, 1994; Moderator, 1996-98; Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies Division, National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, 1996-97; Voting Delegate, 1996 Meeting of National Association of Congregational Christian Churches; Board of Trustees, 2003-)
  12. Marshall County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (1989-2004)
  13. Iowa Head Injury Association, Marshalltown Chapter (Board of Directors, 1989-99)
  14. American Cancer Society, Iowa Division (Lay Director, state board of directors, 1991-95; Marshall County Board, 1989-; Vice President, 1989-91; Outstanding Volunteer Award, 1991; President, 1991-93; Oscar Party a.k.a. Night of Stars Committee 1995-; Oscar Party emcee 1999- 2005; Day at the Capital representative, 2003; One Voice Against Cancer representative, Washington D.C. 2003, 2009, 2012); Celebration on the Hill Delegate 2006; Iowa Advisory Council (2005-; President, 2008-10); Emcee, Leadership Summit 2008; Lobby Day Delegate to Washing, D.D., 2009, 2010, 2011; Lead Ambassador Iowa Fourth District 2009-12; ACS CAN Leadership Summit, Washington D.C. 2010; Midwest Board of Directors, 2008-, Secretary 2009-10; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Board of Directors, 2012-
  15. Spotlight Our Courthouse Committee (Founder and Chairperson, 1990-93)
  16. Mid-Iowa Mental Health Center, n.k.a. Center Associates (Board of Directors, 1989-95; President, 1991-95)
  17. Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 1991-94; Vice President, 1992-94)
  18. Marshall County Child Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team (1991-2003)
  19. University of Iowa Alumni Association Old Capitol Club Advisory Board of Directors (1990-93)
  20. University of Iowa Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 1991-99; Iowa Law School representative; Chairperson, Programs Committee, 1994-96, Co-chair, Communications Committee, 1995-97; Chairperson, Marshalltown Iowa Club 1996-; Executive Committee, 1994-99; President Elect, 1997; President, 1998-99)
  21. Citizens for DeTaeye political campaign (Co-chair, 1994)
  22. Hughes Grove Historic Neighborhood, Inc. (Co-founder, Incorporator, July 1995; Secretary 1995-2005, 2012-)(Received Governor's Volunteerism Award 1996)
  23. Iowa River Chapter, American Red Cross (Board of Directors, 1995-97)
  24. Habitat for Humanity, Marshall County, volunteer counsel (1993-1999)
  25. Wells Fargo Bank, f.k.a. Norwest Bank, Marshalltown, N.A. (Community Advisory Committee, 1996-99)
  26. Miller Middle School Mock Trial Instructor and Coach(1997-2001)
  27. Presenter, Iowa Valley Leadership (1995, volunteerism; 1996, founding of Hughes Grove)
  28. Child Abuse Prevention Services (Board of Directors, 1996-2000; Secretary 1996-; Evening of Awareness Emcee 1998-99; President, 1999-2000; Mystery Dinner Theatre emcee 2002, 2003)
  29. Marshalltown Community Y: (Chairperson, Steering Committee to merge YMCA and YWCA Operations, 1995; Director Search Committee, 1995-96; Board of Directors, 1996-2001; Co-chair 1997 and 1998 Supportive Drive; long-range Planning Committee, 1998-2001; President-elect 1998; President 1999-2000; corporate fundraising chair 2000-2001; counsel 1995-; chair, Vision Iowa Committee, 2000-2001; New Building Committee, 2001-05; Volunteer Excellence Award, 2001; YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club, 2002-; President, Heritage Club 2004, Rex and Nan Ryden Service Award Recipient, 2007
  30. Administrative Law Judge, Marshalltown nuisance and vicious dog appeals (1999-2011)
  31. Distinguished Alumni Award (Loren Hickerson Award), the University of Iowa (2001)
  32. Marshalltown Area Soccer Club (Board of Directors, 2001-03; Des Moines Representative, secretary, 2001)
  33. Quakerdale Group Homes, Human Resources Committee (2001-)
  34. Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League (Board, 2001-03; Secretary, 2002-03)
  35. Co-Chair, Grimes Farm Nature Center Fundraising Committee (2002)
  36. Marshalltown Downtown Design Committee (Secretary, 2003-05); Marshalltown Community Betterment Committee (2005-)
  37. Iowa River Hospice, Hospice Home Campaign (2006), Oscar Party emcee (2005-06); Board of Directors (20111-); chair, endowment committee (2011-); president-elect (2011-) Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center Cardiovascular Care Capital Campaign Co-Chair, $1.6 million (2007-09)
  38. Marshalltown Citizen of the Year, Marshalltown Morning Optimist Club (2008)
  39. Marshalltown Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board (2008-11)
  40. Marshall County Conservation Board Connecting the Links Trail Committee (2008-11)
  41. Kenneth Brintnall Award, for Distinguished Service, Service Above Self in the Rotary Tradition (December 2009)
  42. The University of Iowa Law School Foundation, Board of Directors (2010-16)
  43. Martha Ellen Tye Foundation Board of Trustees (1995-96; 2010-14); Secretary (2012-)
  44. Community Foundation of Marshall County Governing Committee (2011-)
  45. Marshalltown City Council, 2nd Ward (2012-16)
  46. Marshall County Council on Aging, Board of Directors (2012-)
  47. Marshalltown Central Business District, Board of Directors (2012-)
  48. Presenter, Iowa Valley Continuing Education "Show Me the Way" Program (Transitional planning conference for parents, guardians and educators of young adults with learning challenges) (2012)

Licenses & Admissions

  1. Licensed in
    1. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
    2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
    3. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
    4. Iowa Supreme Court
    5. U.S. Tax Court
    6. United States Supreme Court
  2. Clerkships
    1. Meardon, Sueppel, Downer & Hayes, Iowa City, Iowa, Spring, 1976;
    2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, The Honorable William W. Thinnes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September, 1977, to March, 1978;
    3. Greer, Nelson, Montgomery, Barry & Bovee, Spencer, Iowa, summers of 1975, 1976, 1977
  3. Associate, Grefe & Sidney Law Firm, Des Moines, Iowa, June, 1978, to June, 1980. Associate (1980-92) and partner (1982-86), Greer, Nelson, Montgomery, Barry & Bovee, Spencer
  4. Cartwright, Druker & Ryden, Marshalltown, Iowa; associate, September, 1986, to December, 1988; partner, January, 1989, to present.

Legal Education

IOWA LAW SCHOOL (Juris Doctor Degree, May 1978)

Phi Delta Phi
Appellate Advocacy II honors designation
Member, Moot Court Board
Voting member, faculty curriculum committee
President, Omicron Delta Kappa
Intramural and law league sports

Undergraduate Education

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (B.A. Degree in Political Science, graduated with high distinction, Special Honors, May, 1975

GPA 3.9/4.0
Dean's List, all eight semesters
Elected to honorary scholastic fraternities of:

      • Phi Beta Kappa
      • Omicron Delta Kappa
      • Phi Eta Sigma

National Honor Society Scholarship
State of Iowa Scholarship
Chairman, Dad's Day Committee
Teaching assistant, social psychology
Student representative in:

      • Liberal Arts Student Association
      • Inter-fraternity Council
      • Faculty Senate Educational Policies Committee

Sigma Nu fraternity, social chairman, founder of little sisters program
Varsity track (briefly) and intramural sports
Summer employment: barn painter, Conservation Commission laborer, bellman, construction worker.
College employment: server at Airliner, dishwasher at Chi Omega Sorority, volunteer at Children's Hospital School, UIH&C




  • Spencer, Iowa, Senior High School
  • Sole Valedictorian (1/213), GPA 4.0-/4.0, 1971
  • National Merit Scholarship Commendation
  • President of: Class, National Honor Society, Letter-man's Club, Law Enforcement Explorer's Post
  • Boys State Delegate
  • Iowa State Bar Association Citizenship Award
  • District champion, state qualifier, varsity debate
  • Pen & Scroll Award, student newspaper
  • Band, clarinet second chair
  • Lakes Conference, all-conference foot-ball wide receiver, punt and kick returner, defensive back; all-conference basketball and basketball captain; all-conference champion track quarter mile, half mile open, and mile and two-mile relays, held two individual (440, 880) and four relay (4x100, 4x440, 4x 880, distance medley) high school records
  • Best Athlete Award
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • O. M. Chaney Award (academic athlete award)


  • Water and snow skiing
  • Tennis
  • Piano
  • Flying (single-engine, instrument-rated private pilot rating, over 1,100 hours, Cherokee Lance co-owner); Skydiving
  • Photography
  • Computers
  • Soccer coach (U6, U8, U10, U12), certified referee
  • Softball coach (8th grade)
  • Running (completed five marathons at Duluth 1994 and 1994, Twin Cities 1994, and Chicago 2000 and 2001; and half marathons at Okoboji and Iowa City; Corporate Games Relays; various 20k's, 10k's and 5k's), bicycling, and triathlons (1995 Cornman Triathlon, 2003 Clear Lake Triathlon and 2003 Okoboji Triathlon)
  • Theater and vocal (Okoboji Summer Theater's Gigi; Marshalltown Community Theater's Nutcracker, Lend Me a Tenor, and Gala 2000; tenor soloist and mixed quartet, First Congregational Church)


Born: February 26, 1953, Spencer, IA, fifth of six children of John J. Greer and Madeleine Collester Greer
Spouse: Sharon Soorholtz Greer, J.D., Partner, Cartwright, Druker & Ryden
Children: Kate S. Greer, New York City, NY (University of Missouri)
               Erin S. Greer, Austin, TX (Iowa State University)