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Rick Harris

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Rick is a Member of American Board of Trial Advocates with the Rank of Advocate. This required Rick to try a significant number of civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel.  Rick is also a fellow in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 250 attorneys who have displayed exceptional skills, the highest integrity and have dedicated their professional lives to trial practice.  Membership is by invitation only, with recommendation from peers and judges and requires unanimous approval by the Board of Governors of the Academy.  Rick has received the preeminent AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, a rating received from peers in the legal community.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Rick was a partner with the firm of Lamson, Dugan and Murray, L.L.P. in Omaha, Nebraska.  Rick’s experience and practice has been primarily in civil litigation including extensive experience with health care professionals and institutions.

Rick has tried jury cases in many Iowa courts including 18 jury trials in Polk County, 5 jury trials in Cerro Gordo, 3 jury trials in Pottawattamie as well as jury trials in the following Iowa counties: Carroll, Poweshiek, Marion, Shelby, Mahaska, Decatur, Wapello, Monona, Woodbury, Allamakee, Clay and where he grew up in Greene County.  Rick has also tried cases to several Nebraska juries including trials in the Nebraska District Courts in Douglas County on 9 occasions as well as Lancaster and Pierce Counties.  Finally, Rick has tried cases to federal juries in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and the District of Nebraska.  Many of the verdicts are summarized under the Case Notes section of our website.

Rick has argued cases before the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals.

Select Appellate Cases:

  • Doe v. Roe, ___ N.W.2d ___  (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Nelson v. Mercy Health Servs.-Iowa, 843 N.W.2d 478 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014).
  • Brakeman v. Theta Lambda Chapter, 2002 WL 31640619 (Iowa Ct. App. 2002).
  • Radecki v. Mut. of Omaha Ins. Co., 583 N.W.2d 320 (Nebraska 1998).
  • Reich v. Avoca Motel Corp., 82 F.3d 238 (8th Cir. 1996).
  • Benavides v. J.C. Penney Life Ins. Co., 539 N.W.2d 352 (Iowa 1995).




Bar Admission



United States District Court District of Nebraska

United States District Court Northern District of Iowa

United States District Court Southern District of Iowa

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


Legal: Creighton University, J.D.,1993

Graduate: Drake University, M.B.A, 1989

Undergraduate: Loras College, B.A., 1987 magna cum laude

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