Brian Galligan of Galligan & Reid P.C. in Des Moines was installed as first vice president and Nate Boulton of Hedberg & Boulton P.C. in Des Moines was installed as parliamentarian during the annual convention earlier this month of the Iowa Association for Justice. The association also announced appointments to executive and board positions, as well as individuals who were honored for their work.


Iowa Association for Justice news release.

The following IAJ members were installed as Executive Officers.          

·       Elaine Fehseke Gray (of Fehseke & Gray Law Offices in Fort Madison) was installed as IAJ’s 41st President.

·       Jim Daane (of Buckmeier & Daane Lawyers, PC in Sioux City) was installed as President-elect.

·       Brian Galligan (of Galligan & Reid, PC in Des Moines) was installed as first Vice President.

·       Tim Bottaro (of Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Ross, LLP in Sioux City) was installed as second Vice President.

·       Nate Boulton (of Hedberg & Boulton, P.C.) was installed as Parliamentarian.

“Elaine’s practice background, and her experience with so many aspects of trial work will be an invaluable resource to this association,” said Pressley Henningsen, IAJ’s immediate past president. “In the tradition of some of our best presidents and strongest leaders, Elaine is a revered courthouse lawyer and a trusted, influential presence in her community. She’ll be a strong voice for the rights of injured Iowans and will work hard to extend the reach of justice for all.”

IAJ Board of Governors

The following IAJ members were elected to positions on the Board of Governors from the various judicial subdistricts of the state. Election balloting took place during the run-up to the convention. 

·       Chad D. Cox (of Dubuque) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 1A.

·       Chad A. Swanson (of Waterloo) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 1B.

·       Brian D. Miller (of Hampton) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 2A.

·       John L. Timmons (of Ames) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 2B.

·       Conrad Meis (of Algona) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 3A.

·       Patrick J. Phipps (of Moville) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 3B.

·       R. Saffin Parrish-Sams (of West Des Moines) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 5A.

·       Robert W. Reynoldson (of Osceola) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 5B.

·       Thomas A. Palmer (of West Des Moines) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 5C.

·       Sara Riley (of Cedar Rapids) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 6.

·       Anthony Bribriesco (of Bettendorf) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 7.

·       Steven Gardner (of Ottumwa) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 8A.

·       Danny Cornell (of Mt. Pleasant) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 8B.

In addition, the following IAJ members were elected to at large positions on the Board of Governors. 

·       Kimberley Baer (of Des Moines)

·       James Biscoglia (of Des Moines)

·       Ann Brown-Graff (of Cedar Rapids)

·       Jamie Cook (of Waterloo)

·       Thomas Farnsworth (of Iowa City)

·       MaryBeth Fleming (of Dubuque)

·       Steven V. Lawyer (of West Des Moines)

·       Matthew Lindholm (of Des Moines)

·       Darin H. Luneckas (of Cedar Rapids)

·       Jane Rosien (of Winterset)

·       Jerry L. Schnurr III (of Fort Dodge)

·       Brooke Timmer (of Urbandale)

·       Corey J. L. Walker (of Ankeny)

 

The following IAJ members are additional, or standing members of the Board of Governors. 

·       Jake Feuerhelm (of Des Moines) will continue to serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ’s criminal law section.

·       Jason Neifert (of Des Moines) will continue to serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ’s workers’ compensation section.

·       Pressley Henningsen (of Cedar Rapids) will continue to serve by virtue of his standing as immediate past president of IAJ.

 

IAJ Awards Honorees

The following groups and individuals were accorded honors by IAJ during the convention. 

·       Steven V. Lawyer (of West Des Moines) and Tim Bottaro (of Sioux City) received IAJ’s 2013 Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award in recognition of their persistent and persuasive advocacy as members of the Civil Justice Reform Task Force Advisory Committee.

·       Angela Campbell (of Des Moines) received IAJ’s 2013 Roxanne Conlin Public Justice Award in recognition of her successful pursuit of justice for Klever Miranda and Nancy Campoverde. Her clients’ lawsuit will bring more justice to Iowans who have suffered life-altering emotional distress due to legal malpractice, and it will no doubt improve the quality of legal representation in Iowa.

·       Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey received IAJ’s 2013 Judicial Achievement Award in recognition of dedicated, efficient and judicious administration of Iowa’s workers’ compensation system, outstanding public service, and exemplary dedication, devotion and perseverance in office.

·       Nate Boulton (of Des Moines) received IAJ’s 2013 Key Person Award in recognition of dedicated and effective advocacy for the rights of injured Iowans as a member of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee and as a member of IAJ’s legislative committee.

·       Kim Baer (of Des Moines), Beth Flasburg (of Des Moines), Jake Feuerhelm (of Des Moines), Brian Galligan (of Des Moines), and Brooke Timmer (of Des Moines) received IAJ’s 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional service in helping to organize the association’s 40th anniversary celebration. 

·       The Quad-City Times Editorial Board received IAJ’s 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award in recognition of exceptional editorial advocacy for the rights of the workers who were exploited and abused by Henry’s Turkey Service, and also for excellent analysis of the additional harm caused by legislatively dictated tort damage caps.

·       Let America Know received IAJ’s 2013 Public Service Award in recognition of its effective and rapidly expanding nationwide campaign to promote consumer safety, prevent injuries and educate Americans about the virtues of our civil justice system.

IAJ Justice in Deed Initiative

IAJ’s Justice In Deed initiative spurs Iowa attorneys to help meet critical needs in communities across Iowa.  The association’s Justice In Deed partner during this year’s annual convention was the Puppy Jake Foundation. Trial attorneys from across the state donated a total of over $5,000 to support the Foundation’s work. The Puppy Jake Foundation is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well-bred and highly trained service dogs.