Supreme Court of Iowa Supervisory Order – Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services Update

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar  On May 22, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order regarding the COVID-19 impact on court services. On May 26, 2020 the Iowa Judicial Branch released an updated summary of modifications to court procedures and judicial…


Attorneys Hook and Smith win case at the Supreme Court of Iowa: Anita Gumm v. Easter Seals

On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Supreme Court of Iowa issued its decision in Anita Gumm v. Easter Seals, in which the Supreme Court agreed with the arguments that had been extensively briefed and then argued by attorneys Lee Hook and Tyler Smith on behalf of Easter Seals. The issue before the…


Iowa COVID-19 FAQs

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart & Steve Durick 1.  Is a positive COVID-19 diagnosis a compensable work injury? In Iowa there is not a black and white answer about compensability relating to the coronavirus. These claims must be evaluated on a case by case basis. Iowa is a…


COVID-19 – An Update From Peddicord Wharton

To our Valued Clients and Friends: Peddicord Wharton is committed to doing what is best for our clients, our community, and our employees and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. As we continue to provide quality legal services to our clients, while doing our part to help prevent…


March 11, 2020: Iowa Legal Update

Legal Update by Attorneys Nick Cooling & Alison Stewart Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Responds to Coronavirus On Friday, March 13, 2020, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Cortese filed an Order responding to Coronavirus concerns. In-person hearings will be suspended beginning…


January 2020: Workers' Compensation Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart Happy New Year from Peddicord Wharton! Here is what’s new in Iowa: The Iowa Court of Appeals recently affirmed a favorable agency decision in Harrod v. Advance Services, Inc. and Ace American Insurance Company. The case was defended by Peddicord…


Attorney Nicholas K. Cooling Named Partner at Peddicord Wharton

Nicholas K. Cooling was named Partner at Peddicord Wharton effective January 1, 2020. Nicholas focuses his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, civil litigation and criminal law. He graduated from Drake Law School in 2014, and attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate…


Peddicord Wharton Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Workers' Compensation - Employers in 2020 Edition

Peddicord Wharton has been recognized in the practice area of Workers' Compensation - Employers by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for its 2020 rankings.   The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the…


Attorney Bates Obtains Defense Verdict

On October 23, 2019, attorney Adam Bates obtained a defense verdict in a Cass County District Court trial involving Plaintiffs’ claims for damages allegedly arising out of a motor vehicle accident. Plaintiffs brought a negligence claim against Mr. Bates’ client, alleging they sustained…


Attorney Stewart Recognized by ISBA for Pro Bono Service

Attorney Alison Stewart has been recognized for the second consecutive year by the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) as a member of its Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2018-2019. Alison provided 50+ hours of service through the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project for clients who…


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