As fellow Iowan Herbert Hoover was embarking on the final few weeks of his 1928 bid for the Presidency, attorneys Allen Whitfield and Joseph Allen launched their fledgling Des Moines law firm with the help of one secretary. Soon faced with the challenges of building a practice during the Great Depression, the two young lawyers undoubtedly never envisioned that their partnership would evolve into one of Iowa’s largest and most respected law firms — Whitfield & Eddy Law.
While many Iowa firms have come and gone over the decades, Whitfield & Eddy has grown to include three locations and 50 attorneys representing more than 100 industries. The reasons for Whitfield & Eddy’s success are as real today as they were 85 years ago. We work our hearts out for clients, we attract top-notch attorneys, we maintain an exceptional support staff, and we continually search out new innovations and technology to maximize efficiency.
It’s true that technology and efficiency are woven into everything we do. Even so, some people say that Whitfield & Eddy is a bit old-fashioned. We say, “Thanks for the compliment.” Perhaps we’ve earned that reputation because integrity and reliability have always been the foundations of our firm. Or maybe it’s because we still believe in doing things the “right” way. Yes, we even continue to Bates-stamp and index client documents, a seemingly dying art in today’s legal profession. We don’t do it just because the rules of court say we should, and we don’t do it to make the opposing party’s job easier. We do so because it almost always saves a lot of case management time and a lot of our clients’ money — just one of the many ways we accomplish that goal. Not surprisingly, Whitfield & Eddy gets high marks from judges, clients, and peers for our organizational ability and attention to detail.
But that’s not the only time-honored tradition we adhere to. True client service is part and parcel of Whitfield & Eddy. Our attorneys deliver the same level of commitment and service whether they’re helping a young couple draft a simple will or defending a multi-million dollar claim involving 1.2 million documents.
For more information about the firm and its attorneys, visit www.whitfieldlaw.com.
Chambers and Partners, an internationally recognized research-based ranking service based in London, England has honored six Whitfield & Eddy lawyers in its 2015 attorney rankings. The firm has 47 attorneys in offices in Des Moines, Ankeny, and Mt. Pleasant. Those honored and their practice areas are:
Additionally, the firm was recognized in the following practice areas:
Nineteen Whitfield & Eddy attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion for Best Lawyers in America® 2016, the oldest and most respected peer-review survey in the legal profession. Three attorneys are new to the listing and two were named 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in Des Moines. W&E attorneys serve clients throughout Iowa and the U.S. from Des Moines, Ankeny and Mt. Pleasant.
The attorneys who have been honored and their practice areas are:
Twenty-one Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C. attorneys were selected for the 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers, including eight Rising Stars and four new attorneys. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
The following Whitfield & Eddy attorneys were honored in their respective fields:
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): David Phipps (Diplomate), Stephen Doohen (2014 President, Iowa Chapter)
Defense Research Institute (DRI): Jay Casini, Stephen Doohen, Matt Jacobson, Richard Kirschman, John Moorlach, David Phipps (former Board Member), Kevin Reynolds (former Chair, Product Liability Committee), Jaki Samuelson, Bernard (Jerry) Spaeth, Maureen Tobin
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers: Stephen Doohen, John Fatino, Thomas Henderson, David Phipps, Thomas Reavely, Jaki Samuelson (Vice President), Bernard (Jerry) Spaeth
Iowa Defense Counsel Association: Jay Casini, Stephen Doohen, Thomas Henderson, Richard Kirschman, John Moorlach, David Phipps (Past President), Kevin Reynolds, Jaki Samuelson (Past President), Bernard (Jerry) Spaeth, Maureen Tobin
Acuity, American Equity Investment Life Insurance, Bank of the West, Bankers Trust Company, City of Dubuque, Community State Bank, Decker Truck Line, Inc., Farm Credit Services of America, Great Southern Bank, Great Western Bank, Founders Insurance Company, Home Services Lending, LLC, Leazenby Construction, Inc., Liberty Bank, FSB, Manatt’s, Inc., Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, Principal Life Insurance Company, Regions Bank, Scottsdale Insurance Company, Self Insured Services Company (SISCO), United Fire & Casualty Company, U.S. Bank, N.A., Valley Bank, Weitz Company, LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.