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Jeffrey W. Courter

Jeff Courter is a shareholder in our Business, Finance, and Real Estate and Litigation Departments. His practice is concentrated in the areas of creditor rights and bankruptcy. Jeff routinely represents clients across the state of Iowa in all types of creditor rights matters, including foreclosures of mortgages and security interests, replevins, breaches of contract/lease, and suits on notes. He also represents clients in bankruptcy matters throughout the state of Iowa and across the country, including defending preference actions and prosecuting complaints objecting to discharge/dischargeability of debt, reclamation claims, objecting to confirmation of Chapter 11, 12, and 13 plans, and other creditor matters in bankruptcy cases.

Jeff has served on the Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association's Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section and is a past Chair. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Additionally, Jeff served as a law clerk to a Federal Bankruptcy Judge as well as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Jeff is also heavily involved in community activities and has served in leadership positions for a number of groups including, among others, the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation, University of Iowa Alumni Association, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Iowa State Civil Rights Commission, Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M., Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, Dowling Catholic High School Foundation, and Wakonda Club. He has been recognized by both the Des Moines Business Record and the Des Moines Register for his community leadership accomplishments. Jeff has also been active in local, state, and national political campaigns for the past 30 years, and is hopelessly addicted to golf.

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2018
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency Reorganization Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy

Best Lawyers Award Badge


    Best Lawyers Award Badge

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2013-2017

 

 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Des Moines, 2016

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Des Moines, 2016

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Des Moines, 2013

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association
Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section, Council Member, 1999-2002; Chair, 2002; Chair, CLE Committee, 2000-2001
Business Law Section
Litigation Section

Polk County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association
Secretary, 1999-2004

University of Iowa Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2010-present; Chair-Elect, 2013-2014; Chair, 2014-2015; Past Chair, 2015-2016

Member, University of Iowa Presidential Committee on Athletics, 2016-2021

Wakonda Club, Board of Directors, 2007-2009, 2011-2014; Secretary, 2011; Vice President, 2012; President, 2013; Past President, 2014

Member, Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M., 1993-present; Vice Chair for Program, 1995-1996; President-Elect, 1999-2000; President, 2000-2001; Past-President, 2001-2002

President, Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M. Foundation, 2005-2006

Iowa Legal Aid Society, Dean's Cup Planning Committee, 2005-present

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, 1991-1992; Board of Governors, 1992-1997; Chair of Fundraising Committee, 1992-1993; Chair of Alumni Committee, 1993-1994; Chair-Elect, 1994-1995; Chair, 1995-1996; Past-Chair, 1996-1997; Community Match Volunteer of the Year Award, 1997

Board of Directors, Des Moines Area Community College Foundation, 1995-2005; President, 1996-2002

President, Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, 2006-2008; Parent Advisory Board, 2006-2010

Commissioner, Iowa State Civil Rights Commission, 1992-1997; Vice Chair, 1994; Chair, 1995-1996

Board of Directors, Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc., 1996-1998

Board of Directors, Dowling High School Foundation, 2015-present

Member, Des Moines Register Advisory Council, 1992-1994; Chair, 1993

Des Moines Business Record “Forty Under 40" - Community Leadership Award, 2001

Iowa "Up and Comer" by The Des Moines Register, 1993

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Education

Iowa State University (B.S., with honors and distinction, 1984)

University of Iowa (J.D., 1987)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1987

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

Speeches and Publications

A Primer on Creditor Collection Rights in Bankruptcy, Iowa State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section Webinar (2017).

Assignment and Assumption of Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases, 32nd Annual Iowa Bankruptcy Law Conference (2013) (Speaker with K. Stanger).

Case Law Update, 22nd Annual Iowa Bankruptcy Law Conference (2003) (Speaker).

Bankruptcy Nuts & Bolts, Iowa Independent Banks Hot Topics Seminar (2000) (Speaker)

Advanced Nuts & Bolts, 17th Annual Iowa Bankruptcy Law Conference (1998) (Speaker).

 

 

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