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Experience

  • Private practice litigator, 1988-present
  • Prosecutor, 7th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Ord, CA, concluding service as Senior Trial Counsel, 1985-88

Licenses

  • Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, No. Dist. IA and District of SD
  • Army Courts of Military Review and Military Appeals

Legal Public Service

  • Board of Governors, Iowa State Bar Association, 2017-present
  • Board of Governors, Iowa Association for Justice, 2003-16, President 2013-14
  • Life Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation
  • District 3B Judicial Nominating Commission, 2010-16
  • Woodbury County Fee Arbitration Committee 1995-present, Chair 1998-present
  • Active duty Army JAG officer, Captain, 1985-88

Other Public Service

  • Director, Sioux City Community School District, 2003-09, Vice-President 2007-08
  • Director, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, 1989-2000, ex-officio 2001 – present
  • Church Council, Morningside Lutheran Church, 2001-04
  • Siouxland Youth Football Coach, 7th and 8th grade, 2001 & 2002
  • Sunday School teacher, Morningside Lutheran Church, 1998- 005
  • Siouxland Girl’s basketball coach, 1996-2002
  • Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Siouxland 1989-95, President 1993
  • Optimist Club of Sioux City, President 1998-99
  • Army ROTC volunteer, 1978-82, commissioned 2d Lt., 1982

Legal Awards

  • AV rating (highest possible rating), Martindale-Hubbell legal peer rating service
  • Excellence in Legislative Advocacy Award, Iowa State Bar Association, 2018-19
  • Lifetime Achievement member America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Other Awards

  • Iowa Association of School Boards’ T.E. Davidson Award of Excellence, Sioux City’s SY05-06 Board
  • Optimist of Year, 1993-94
  • Army Meritorious Service Medal, 1988
  • Army Achievement Medal, 1987

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of South Dakota Law School, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, University of South Dakota Business School, 1982

Membership

  • State Bar of South Dakota, 1985-present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, 1988-present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 1988-present
  • Woodbury County (IA) Bar Association, 1988-present
  • Dakota County (NE) Bar Association, 1995-present
  • Iowa Association for Justice, 1993-present

Personal

  • Native of Sturgis, SD
  • Married 1985-present, 3 children, 2 grandchildren

Jim’s paralegal of 2+ decades, Rhonda Henning, is a 2-time President of the Iowa Association of Legal Assistants, and can be reached directly at 712-252-2424 or at email: [email protected]

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Automobile & Truck Accidents
  • Criminal Defense
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction