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Coreen K. Sweeney

Coreen Sweeney is a shareholder and member of the firm’s Litigation Department, handling both general litigation and workers' compensation matters. Coreen has practiced in the areas of workers’ compensation and insurance defense litigation since 1991.  Coreen also assists parties acting as a mediator, primarily in workers' compensation matters.

Coreen has actively participated in professional organizations for workers’ compensation attorneys in the State of Iowa. She has been a member of Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Attorneys since 1996, currently serving on its Board of Governors as Past President (October 2007 – September 2008 term). She served as Co-Chair for the Iowa Self-Insurers Association seminar (2009-2012). She has also served a two-year term as Co-Chair for the Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee Symposium in 2003-2004 and as Co-Chair for the IAWC seminars in 1999 and 2000. Coreen has been a member of the Iowa Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Legislation Section.

Coreen also belongs to the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, as well as the Iowa Defense Counsel, Iowa Self-Insured Association, and Iowa Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc. 

Recognition

 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Des Moines, 2013

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2018

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Casenote Editor, Drake Law Review, 1989-1990

Professional and Community Affiliations

Iowa State Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Newsletter Committee, 1998-1999
Workers' Compensation Legislative Committee, 1999-2001
Seminar Chair, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 1999-2000
Symposium Chair, Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, 2003-2004

Polk County Bar Association

Iowa Defense Counsel Association

Past President, Board of Governors, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Member and Seminar Co-Chair, Iowa Self-Insurers Association, 2009-2012

Board of Directors, Variety Club, 2013-2016

100+ Women Who Care, 2012-2017

Board of Directors, Riverfront YMCA, 2004-2011

Board of Directors, Des Moines Triathlon Club, 2007-2009

Girls on the Run ©, YMCA Youth Program

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Education

University of Iowa (B.B.A., 1987)

Drake University (J.D., 1990)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1991

Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa.

Speeches and Publications

Settlement Considerations for Workers' Compensation Cases, 52nd Annual Workers' Compensation Symposium (2014).

Presentation to New Attorneys - Obtaining Information from Client and Employer, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Seminar (2013).

60 Ways in 60 Minutes to Determine Whether a Claim is Legitimate or a Product of Exaggeration or Fabrication, Iowa Self Insurers Association Conference (2012).

Claims Investigation 101, Iowa Self-Insurers Association, First Annual Work Comp Conference (2009).

Section 85.39 Evaluation Issues, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Seminar (2009).

Workers' Compensation Update: Perspectives from an Employer & Medical Provider Standpoint, Iowa Hospital Association (October 2007).

Mandated Record Keeping Requirements for Injuries and Illnesses, Allen Memorial Hospital Occupational Health Seminar for Employers (April, 2006).

Apportionment, Successive Injuries and Other Emerging Issues in Workers’ Compensation, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, 41st Annual Meeting and Seminar (2005).

Iowa Legal Research Guide, Workers’ Compensation section (2003) (J. D. Edwards, Editor 2003) (Co-Author with Joseph Quinn).

Termination Notices and Other Claim Procedures, Iowa State Bar Workers’ Compensation Seminar (2003).

Medical vs. Legal Causation – A Defense and Claimant Perspective, 40th Annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium (2002).

Claims Procedure, 30th Annual Iowa Governor’s Safety Conference (October 30, 2001).

Claims Procedure, Iowa State Bar Association 2001 Seminar (April 18, 2001).

Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation, 2000 Workers’ Compensation Symposium (June 8, 2000).

Workers’ Compensation in Iowa, Lorman Seminar: Compensability and Case Resolution (November 9, 1999).

Practical Suggestions for Presenting Your Case to the Deputy, ITLA 8th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar (February 18, 1999).

In the Course of Employment, 1997 Workers' Compensation Symposium (June 12, 1997).

Workers’ Compensation Update, Lincoln Inn of Court (October 21, 1996).

Establishment Clause -- Adolescent Family Life Act Upheld as Facially Valid after First Amendment Constitutional Attack on the Right of Religious Organizations to Receive Federal Funding to Counsel and Teach Adolescents, 38 Drake Law Rev. 783 (1990).

AIDS in the Workplace: A Handicap Under the Rehabilitation Act?, 39 Drake L. Rev. 141 (1989).

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