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Connie L. Diekema

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While the venue of her cases over the last thirty years has been diverse, Connie’s practice has always been focused on health care litigation. For the first ten years of her career she prosecuted patient claims against health care providers.  While continuing to work full-time, she decided to further her education in healthcare and became the first attorney to complete a Masters in Health Care Administration at the College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Des Moines University).  She has now spent over twenty years defending health care providers and facilities against claims of medical malpractice. In addition to healthcare litigation trials she frequently appears before the Iowa Board of Medicine, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Office of Inspector General on issues related to licensing, EMTALA, HIPAA, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse. She has also represented both facilities and professionals on issues of credentialing and legal concerns related to restraint of trade.



  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009-present
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Iowa Defense Counsel;
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association;
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys;
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section-Health Law),
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Bridge the Gap Seminar Committee, 1993–1995;
    • Co-Chair, Traveling Seminar Committee, 1998–2001;
    • Member, Health Law Section; 
      • Chair, 2009-2012;
    • Member, Litigation Section.
  • Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2005–2007
  • Polk County Bar Association
    • Secretary, 1999–2001;
    • Treasurer, 2001–2002;
    • Vice President, 2002–2003;
    • President-Elect, 2003–2004; 
    • President, 2004–2005.
  • Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission, 2005–present
  • Lincoln Inn of Court
  • C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court
    • President, 2015–2016
  • Elected Member, District 5C Judicial Nominating Committee District, 2001–2007
  • Elected member, State Judicial Nominating Committee, 2013–2019

Bar Admission


United States District Court Northern District of Iowa

United States District Court Southern District of Iowa

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


Legal: Drake Law School, J.D., 1987

Graduate: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, M.H.A, 1999

Undergraduate: Morningside College, B.S., 1983

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