First chair in over 70 jury trials.
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.
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.
Dindinger v. Allsteel, Inc., 860 N.W.2d 557 (Iowa 2015). In a certified question from the federal court, the Iowa Supreme Court limited the length of time for which a plaintiff can recover damages under the Iowa Equal Pay Act.
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).
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.
Burse v. Deere & Co., No. LACL126338 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2014). Defense verdict and defeated claims for damages in race harassment claim.
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 & Co., No. LACL123494 (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2013). Defense verdict in race discrimination and race harassment case.
Brubaker et al v. Deere, No. 3:08-cv-00113 (S.D. Iowa Oct. 16, 2009). Assisted defense team in ERISA class action resulting in defense judgment.
Vander Linden v. Central Iowa Hospital Corporation, No. 4:07-cv-189 (S.D. Iowa). Defense verdict in jury trial on issue of alleged age discrimination under the ADEA and ICRA.
Doe v. Cent. Iowa Health Sys., 766 N.W.2d 787 (Iowa 2009). Iowa Supreme Court held that expert testimony required where plaintiff had serious pre-existing mental problems.
Singh v. Allen Mem'l Hosp., No. 6:04-cv-2090 (N.D.Iowa Aug. 3, 2006). Defense verdict on claims of national origin and race discrimination.
Woods v. Valley W. Oil, No. LACL093064 (Iowa Dist. Ct. June 29, 2005). Successful result in first jury trial in 20 years under the Iowa Civil Rights Act on state claims of gender discrimination. Plaintiff dismissed her case after her cross-examination by Mr. Harty.
Cline v. The HON Co., No. LACV014615 (Iowa Dist. Ct. July 2, 2004). Defense verdict on common law claims of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, breach of an implied employment contract and unlawful retaliation in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Allen v. HON Indus., Inc., No. 00-2017 (Iowa Ct. App. Dec. 28, 2001). The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld lower court’s summary judgment in favor of Defendant on claims of breach of employment contract and negligent and/or fraudulent misrepresentation.
Matzke v. Mary Greeley Med. Ctr., No. 99-2042 (Iowa Ct. App. Apr. 11, 2001). The Iowa Court of Appeals entered judgment setting aside the judgment in favor of the Plaintiff and dismissing the Plaintiff's claim of being entitled to a gainsharing bonus under the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act.
Niemeir v. Lear Corp., No. 3:99-cv-60191 (S.D. Iowa Apr. 26, 2001). Obtained defense verdict and successfully defended employer against hostile environment and retaliation claims by Plaintiff alleging a three-year pattern of abusive conduct.
Fasse v. Big-Sur Waterbeds, et al., No. 4:95-cv-30718 (S.D.Iowa May 23, 1997). Successfully defended sexual harassment and retaliation jury trial; resulted in defense verdict.
Bush v. Marshalltown Med. & Surgical Ctr., No. 4:93-cv-80789 (S.D.Iowa Mar. 12, 1996). Successfully defended the first sexual harassment and retaliation jury trial tried in the Southern District of Iowa; resulted in defense verdict.
Tenny v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, No. 4:94-cv-30102 (S.D.Iowa May 23, 1995). Successfully defended the first Americans with Disabilities Act case involving a plaintiff with AIDS to be decided by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.