Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Willard L. Boyd III

Bill Boyd is a member of the firm’s Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department and practices in the area of corporate law (organization, operation, and planning), regulatory law (financial institutions, health, certificate of need, insurance, and government contracts), and commercial law (secured loans, contracting matters, mergers, and acquisitions). Bill has extensive experience representing financial institutions, insurance companies, health care providers, and nonprofits, including foundations. Prior to joining Nyemaster Goode, Bill practiced with a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Bill is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, privacy, and business entity issues. He is a contributor to the Iowa Legal Research Guide, the Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Manual, and the Legal Guide for Iowa Nonprofits. He is a past Chair of the Business Law Section and Trade Regulation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association. Bill is also active in the American Bar Association and serves as a liaison to the ABA Corporate Laws Committee. He is a past chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee and the State and Local Bar Relations Committee of the ABA Business Law Section.

Bill received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.


The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005-2020

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Chambers USA, 2008-2019


The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Health Care Law, Des Moines, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Des Moines, 2012

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Des Moines, 2011

American Law Institute

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation

President’s Award, Iowa State Bar Association, 2004

Award of Merit, Polk County Bar Association, 2014

Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award, American Bar Association, Section on Business Law, 2013

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2009-2019


Super Lawyers, 2007

Associate Editor, Iowa Law Review, 1983-1984

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association
Business Law Section
Liaison, Corporate Laws Committee
Chair, State and Local Bar Relations Committee, 2012-2015
Chair, Nonprofit Organizations Committee, 2008-2011
Antitrust Law Section
Health Law Section
Public Contract Law Section
Chair, Iowa Region

Iowa State Bar Association
Board of Governors, 2014-present
President, 2019-2020
President-Elect, 2018-2019
Vice President, 2017-2018
Council, Business Law Section, 2001-2007
Chair, Business Law Section Council, 2004-2007
Board of Editors, Business Law Manual, 2003-present
Council, Trade Regulation Section, 1998-2001
Chair, Trade Regulation Section, 2000-2001
Council, Health Law Section, 1995-1998

Polk County Bar Association
Board of Directors, 2008-2014
President, 2013-2014

Iowa Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, 2018-2019

American Health Lawyers Association

National Contract Management Association

Board Member, ChildServe, 2004-2011

Chair, Board of Directors, ChildServe, 2009-2010

Board Member, Variety – The Children’s Charity, 1996-2003 & 2005-2013

President,Variety – The Children’s Charity, 2011-2012

Board Member, Iowa Legal Aid, 2008-2017

Board Member, University of Iowa Alumni Association, 1993-1999

President, University of Iowa Alumni Association, 1997-1998

Board Member, Humanities Iowa, 1996-2002

Board Member, Iowa Arts Council, 2003-2007

Mercy College of Health Sciences, 2009-2019
Chair, Mercy College of Health Sciences, 2014-2015

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, 1996-1997 

Speeches and Publications

ABA State Law Procurement Handbook, Iowa Chapter (ABA 2016).

Implied-In-Fact Contract: Contractual Recovery Against the Government Without An Express Agreement, 21 Pub. Cont. L.J. 84 (Fall 1991).

The Treatment of Implied-in-Law and Implied-in-Fact Contracts and Promissory Estoppel in the United States Claims Court, 40 Cath. U. L. Rev. 605 (1991) (Co-Author).

Iowa Legal Research Guide, Trade Regulation and Nonprofit Corporations Chapters (Hein & Co. 2003) (Co-Author).

Business Law Manual, Audit Opinion Letters and Nonprofit Corporations Chapters (Iowa State Bar Association 2005, 2010, 2018).

Nonprofit Law: A Practical Guide to Legal Issues for Nonprofit Corporations (American Bar Association 2017) (Editor)

Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations (American Bar Association 2012) (Co-Editor).

Legal Guide for Iowa Nonprofits, Legal Aspects of Organizing an Iowa Nonprofit Corporation and Duties and Liabilities of Iowa Nonprofit Corporations Board of Directors Chapters (University of Iowa 2003).

Lawyers' Service on Nonprofit Boards: Managing the Risks of an Important Community Activity, ABA Business Law Today (Nov./Dec. 2008).

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Affiliations Involving Nonprofits: Not Typical M&A Transactions, ABA Business Law Today (June 2014).

Iowa Practice, Business Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations Chapter (West 2019).

The Governing Board for Iowa Charitable Nonprofits (University of Iowa 2007) (Contributor).

Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (May 2005).

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