Biographical Information

Born Newton, Iowa 1952, graduated from Newton High School 1970, served as the Page for State of Iowa Lieutenant Governor 1970,  Internship with Congressman John Kyle 1971 Washington D.C.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

1978 Iowa Courts , U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and 1988 U.S. Supreme Court


BA University of Tulsa  ,  JD University of Tulsa

Professional Experience

More than 30 years of practice in divorce, custody, adoptions, municipal law and civil litigation.

Honors & Awards

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 in the State of Iowa, and The Nation’s Top One Percent Award-National Association of Distinguished Counsel,  AV rating Martindale-Hubbell.

Professional Associations

Iowa State Bar Association, (Chair of Family and Juvenile Law Section serving two terms. Also served on their Section Board two terms.) American Bar Association; American Association for Justice; and Iowa Association for Justice. Iowa Association of Mediators; Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association.

Representative Cases

In re Marriage of Longman, 619 N.W. 2d 369 (Iowa 2000)

Speaking Engagements

Presenter: Child Custody and Visitation in Iowa, NBI seminar; Family Law NBI seminar; Family Law for Paralegals seminar; Iowa State Bar Association “Hot Topics” Family Law Practice; Iowa Association of Trial Lawyers, Family Law, “From Birth to Dissolution”; Adoption Law NBI Seminar; Family Law in Iowa, NBI Seminar.

Service Activities

Member Newton Noon Kiwanis Club

Goodwill Ambassador of the Year Award 2006,  Chinese Association of Iowa