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Debra L. Hulett

Debra Hulett is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and practices in the areas of employment litigation, ERISA litigation, life, health, disability insurance litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate practice.

Debra graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law with high distinction. She was a Note and Comment Editor with the Journal of Corporation Law. She graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1989, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in Italian.

Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell, AVĀ® Preeminent

Order of the Coif

Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 1996-1997

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

Iowa Defense Counsel Association

Defense Research Institute

Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 2005-2011
Chair, 2010-2011

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Education

University of Iowa (B.A., with high distinction, 1989; J.D., with high distinction, 1997)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1997

Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Experience

Law Clerk, Hon. Ronald E. Longstaff, United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 1997-1999

Significant Cases

Gross v. FBL Fin. Servs., Inc., 557 U.S. 167 (2009). The U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff bringing an age discrimination claim under the ADEA must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that age was the “but-for” cause of the challenged adverse employment action.

Jahnke v. Deere & Co., 912 N.W.2d 136 (Iowa 2018). The Iowa Supreme Court held that the Iowa Civil Rights Act does not apply extraterritorially and the alleged discriminatory acts occurred entirely outside Iowa, directing the district court to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims.

Ackelson v. Manley Toy Direct, LLC, 832 N.W.2d 678 (Iowa 2013). The Iowa Supreme Court held that punitive damages are not available under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Banks v. John Deere & Co., Case No. 15-2058 (8th Cir. 2016). The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff's race discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Sellers v. Deere & Co., 791 F.3d 938 (8th Cir. 2015) The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff’s age and disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

Salami v. Von Maur, Inc., No. LACL118608 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2012 and 2014 (retrial)). Defense verdict on claims of race discrimination and racial harassment.

Campbell v. Deere & Company, et al., Case No. LACL123494 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2013). Defense verdict in race discrimination, race harassment, and retaliation case.

Gross v. FBL Fin. Servs., Inc., Case No. 4:04-cv-60209-TJS (S.D. Iowa 2010). Defense verdict in jury trial involving age discrimination claim under the ADEA and Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Polich v. Prudential Fin., Inc., 2011 WL 3112007 (8th Cir. July 27, 2011). The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for long-term disability insurer, finding insurer’s requests for independent medical examination and raw data in lieu of examination were reasonable under Iowa law.

Ernster v. Luxco, Inc., 596 F.3d 1000 (8th Cir. 2010). Court of Appeals affirmed entry of judgment on defense verdict after jury trial regarding issue of whether the plaintiff was an employee or independent contractor of the defendant. (Plaintiff alleged age discrimination claims under the ADEA and ICRA).

Huffman v. AADG, Inc., 2010 WL 624855 (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2010). Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s common law claim that he was subject to harassment, constructive discharge, and demotion because of his workplace injury.

Stewart v. Iowa Machinery & Supply Co., Inc., 772 N.W.2d 15 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009). Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s summary judgment ruling dismissing the plaintiffs’ civil conspiracy claims because section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act preempted the claims.

Cerwinske v. Cambrex Charles City, Inc., 2009 WL 331365 (8th Cir. Feb. 12, 2009). Court of Appeals affirmed district court’s denial of plaintiff’s post-judgment motion; District court granted summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s claims of sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII and the ICRA, and dismissed case in its entirety.

 

 

Speeches and Publications

POWADA: A Gross Overreaction, Defense Update, The Iowa Defense Counsel Association Newsletter (Spring 2012) (Co-Author).

COBRA Continuation Insurance: Is Pre-Existing Coverage Under a Spouse's Group Health Plan a Terminating Event?, 22 J. Corp. L. 4 (1997).

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