Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

R. Craig Shives

Craig Shives is a member of the firm’s Tax, Estate Planning, and Employee Benefits Department. He is currently serving the firm in an Of Counsel role.

Craig received his B.A. from Cornell College with distinction in the major field (economics) and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.


 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Des Moines, 2011

The Best Lawyers in America®, 1989-2013

Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

Tax Exempt/Governmental Entity Council, Internal Revenue Service, Great Lakes Region, 2001-present

Governor’s Task Force on IPERS Structure and Governance, April-November, 2000

Trustee, Cornell College, 2002-present

Board Member, Cornell College Alumni Association, 1985-1991; President, 1989-1991

Board Member, Planning and Zoning Board, City of Clive, 2001-2005

Community Enhancement Committee, City of Clive, 2006-present

Board Member, Parks and Recreation Board, City of Clive, 1997-2000; President, 1999-2000

Deacon, Plymouth UCC Congregational Church, 2007-present

Pension Committee, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, 1999-2003


Cornell College (B.A., 1967)

Vanderbilt University and University of Iowa (J.D., with distinction, 1970)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1970

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

Speeches and Publications

Employment Transactions from the Perspective of an Employee Benefit Planner, Annual Joint Conference of Iowa College and University Personnel Association and the Iowa Association of College and University Business Officers (April 16, 1998) (Speaker).

Pension Power - Distribution Planning, Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council (May, 2000) (Speaker).

Employee Benefits, University of Iowa College of Law (October, 2000) (Speaker).

Current Events at DOL and IRS, Central Iowa SHRM (January 9, 2001) (Speaker).

What, Me Worry? A Primer for ESOP Trustees, Iowa Chapter of ESOP Association Annual Meeting (September 15, 2004) (Speaker).

Five Things I Would Like My Financial Advisor to Know and Do With Respect to My Retirement Planning, Million Dollar Roundtable Study Group (October 2006) (Speaker).

Corporate Governance Issues in ESOP Companies, Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of ESOP Association (July 24, 2007) (Speaker).

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