Senior Associate – West Des Moines



1501 42nd St., Suite 465, West Des Moines, IA 50266
P: (515) 453-8509 / F: (515) 267-1408

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In nearly 10 years of experience in civil litigation, I have defended numerous personal injury cases for privately-held as well as Fortune 100® insurance companies. I am proficient in handling all aspects of a lawsuit, from initial pleadings to discovery to resolution, including dispositive motions and summary judgment. I have participated in a dozen mediations and have served as lead attorney in two jury trials. I have also been the lead attorney in more than a dozen bench trials in various areas of the law, including contract disputes and real estate matters.


In my real estate practice, I draft purchase agreements, deeds, leases and ancillary documents related to commercial, residential, and agricultural real estate in Iowa. I have handled partition actions involving the breakdown of ownership interests in real estate as well as multiple closings of residential real estate transactions, and assisted both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leases.

  1. MWH Law Group, LLP, Senior Associate, April 2022 — Present
  2. Swisher & Cohrt, P.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2018 — 2022
  3. McCoy, Riley & Shea, P.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2015 — 2017
  4. Lawler & Swanson, P.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2013 — 2015
  1. Defense Research Institute
  2. Iowa Defense Council Association, New Lawyer’s Representative
  3. Iowa State Bar Association, Subcommittee on Guardianships and Conservatorships, Reporter
  4. American Bar Association,
    1. Young Lawyers Div., Subgrant and Award Team, Chief Judge (2019-Present)
    2. Young Lawyers Div., Subgrant and Award Team, Associate Judge (2014-2018)
  1. Basics of Insurance Defense Practice: Pleadings and Motions from Petition to Discovery, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, CLE Presentation, webinar, Nov. 6, 2020
  2. Case Law Update: Contracts and Commercial Law, Iowa Defense Counsel Association 2020 Annual Seminar, CLE Presentation, Des Moines, IA, Sept. 18, 2020
  3. Basics of Wills and Revocable Trusts, Public Presentation for Iowa State Bar Association: Lawyers in Libraries, Fairbank, IA, Oct. 21, 2019
  4. Case Law Update: Contracts and Commercial Law, CLE Presentation at the Iowa Defense Counsel Association 2019 Annual Seminar, CLE Presentation, Des Moines, IA, Sept. 13, 2019
  5. When the Farmer Meets the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Agricultural Lawyers Association Conference, CLE Presentation, Charleston, SC, Oct. 22, 2015
  1. Case Law Update, Defense Update, Fall 2021, Vol. XXIII, No. 4
  2. Case Law Update, Defense Update, Fall 2020, Vol. XXII, No. 4
  3. The Restrictive Theory of Foreign Sovereign Immunity and the Chinese-African Economic Relationship, 22 Transnat’l L. & Cont. Prob. 563 (2013)
  1. Foundation Humanitarian Fund Committee Member
  2. Sons of Norway
  3. Council 16881 Financial Secretary
  4. Knights of Columbus
  5. Youth Exchange Officer
  6. Waterloo Rotary Club
  7. Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission
  8. Board Member
  9. American Martyrs Retreat House of Cedar Falls, IA – Advisory Board
  10. Black Hawk County Board of Adjustments


  1. Commercial Contracts
  2. Employment Litigation
  3. Litigation
    1. Auto/Truck
    2. Business
    3. Commercial
    4. Premises
    5. Product
    6. Real Estate


  1. University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.
  2. University of Northern Iowa, B.A., History and Political Science, Minor in Politics and Law, magna cum laude


  1. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa
  2. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  3. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  4. Admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims


License Date: 9/30/2013


  1. 2021 President’s Award, Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  2. 2020 Rising Star Award, Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  3. Senior Articles Editor, Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
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