PROFESSIONAL: Before closing my practice in Iowa City, I practiced law with Lawrence L. (Larry) Lynch for 29 years. In 1987, Robert S. (Bob) Michael joined us, and we eventually formed the firm of Lynch, Greenleaf & Michael, LLP. in Iowa City. (My former associate, Crystal K. Raiber, has since become a partner in the firm, now Lynch, Michael, and Raiber, LLP.) Most of my practice dealt with hearings, trials, and appeals: civil, criminal, and administrative, jury and non-jury. I refer to myself as an advocate because it reflects my work for clients at all levels, from direct negotiations to appellate briefs and arguments. I also represented four small towns as their city attorney, and I accepted special assignments of work from other cities as well.
Last year while living in Jaipur, India, I began consulting with Mind Merchants, LPO and helped them develop and launch their legal research service, The Legal Taxi. I continue to work with them on the preparation of their legal research projects.
Now I’m a freelance lawyer. I’m offering my services in legal drafting and case planning to other lawyers. If you have a legal document that you need help drafting, such as a pleading, discovery, a summary judgment motion, a trial or appellate brief, I can do that for you—or better yet, do it with you. Perhaps you’d like some feedback and guidance on trial challenges such as strategy, witness sequence, or a difficult evidence problem. I can help you with that as well.
Check out my CV to read more about my experience.
Some of my reported cases:
Gabelmann v. NFO, Inc., 571 N.W. 2d 476 (Iowa 1996)
Gabelmann v. NFO, Inc. (Gabelmann II), 606 N.W. 2d 339 (Iowa 2000)
Hogan v. Raytheon, 302 F.3d 854 (8th Cir. 2002)
Juan Garcia v. Naylor, 650 N.W. 2d 87 (2002)
Jean Regenwether v. Clinton Humane Society, 820 N.W. 2d 160 (Iowa App. 2012)
Here is a sample of types of cases that I’ve handled.
PERSONAL: I was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa. I received my B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), and practiced law for 29 years in Iowa City, Iowa. I loved Iowa City for its bookstores and public library, wonderful vibe, and friendly people. In 2012, my wife took an overseas job with the U.S. Dept. of State, and we lived in India for nearly two years. Since then, my wife has accepted a post teaching at an IB school in Suzhou, China, where we now live. I enjoy reading, politics, movies, travel, blogging (I have 3 different blogs currently), and fitness and outdoor activities.