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Joseph F. Moser

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Joseph Moser maintains a civil litigation practice in Iowa’s state and federal courts. Joe’s practice focuses on trial work, primarily defending individuals and businesses in a wide-range of matters. He handles complex litigation and is experienced in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, medical and professional malpractice defense, health law, professional licensing, employment law, products and premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage analysis and defense, and workers compensation.

Joe regularly assists hospitals, physicians, and other licensed health care providers with civil litigation, regulatory compliance, and internal and administrative investigations. Joe defends employers and individuals in employment related litigation and provides employment related advice. Joe has served as the first and second-chair attorney in several bench and jury trials and has successfully defended appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals.

Joe is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Joe has served on the Board of Governors for both the Iowa State Bar Association (2018–present) and the Polk County Bar Association (2018–present). He has been actively involved in both organizations for a number of years, having also served on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyer's Division of the Iowa State Bar Association and as the co-chair of the Social Committee for the Polk County Bar Association. 

Select Published Cases:

  • Estate of Berry v. Catholic Health Initiatives, et al., 973 N.W.2d 512 (Iowa 2022)
  • Goplerud v. Dallas Cty., 928 N.W.2d 899 (Iowa Ct. App. 2019)
  • Merfeld v. Domstic Corp., 306 F.Supp.3d 1070 (N.D. Iowa 2018)


Patrick J. McNulty & Joseph F. Moser, Absolution for Opting Out of the Contraception Mandate: Substantial Burden Gone Awry, 67 Drake L. Rev. 89 (2019)


  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Board of Governors (3-terms, 2018-present)
    • Young Lawyers' Division Board of Governors
  • Polk County Bar Association
    • Treasurer (2023-present); Secretary (2022-2023)
    • Board of Governors (3-terms, 2018–present)
    • Board of Directors (Social Committee Co-Chair)
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Iowa Hospital Association - Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys 
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (Insurance Defense Organization)
    • Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)

Bar Admission



United States District Court Northern District of Iowa

United States District Court Southern District of Iowa

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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