Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Jess W. Vilsack

Jess Vilsack is a partner at Nyemaster Goode.  He focuses on commercial and business matters, specializing in negotiating business agreements, and resolving business disputes.  He often assists clients in a capacity similar to an in-house general counsel, advising clients about strategic legal and business issues, and conducting internal investigations.  Jess has a network of legal, business, and political contacts and frequently assists clients in developing and enhancing relationships with local, state, and federal governments.

Before joining the firm, Jess worked as in-house counsel for MidAmerican Energy Company and as a prosecutor in the Polk County Attorney’s Office.  Jess has considerable trial experience, having served as lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials as a prosecutor. Jess started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Jess received his B.A. from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 2000. He graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003. During law school, Jess studied at the London Law Consortium in London, England.

Client References

Diana Palmer, Vice-President and Senior Counsel, Corporate & Procurement, Athene USA Corporation, 7700 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266, (515) 342-4942

Gabe Santos, Managing Partner, Homestead Capital USA LLC, 101 Mission Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 697-4437


Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

Central Iowa Shelter & Services
President, 2011-2013
Board of Directors, 2008-2015

Iowa Supreme Court Grievance
Commissioner, 2010-2016

Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games)
Board of Directors, 2016-present

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Hamilton College (B.A., Economics, 2000)

University of Iowa (J.D., with distinction, 2003)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2003

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

Professional Experience

Attorney, MidAmerican Energy Company, 2010-2011

Assistant Polk County Attorney, Polk County Attorney's Office, 2005-2010

Law Clerk, Hon. Ronald E. Longstaff, United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 2003-2005

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