Jim Lawyer

Jim Lawyer

West Des Moines, Iowa

Public speaking/Seminars:

Channing, David and Jim have lectured before groups of attorneys all over the state of Iowa. The number and scope of topics presented are diverse and numerous, including:

  • Presenting evidence at trial
  • Understanding key terms in work comp
  • Understanding critical settlement issues for work comp and personal injury
  • Handling mediation for work comp and personal injury
  • Proper investigation of claims
  • Understanding the role of social security disability benefits in work comp
  • Understanding the role of Medicare in injury claims
  • Handling expert witnesses and their testimony
  • Conducting direct and cross-examination of lay witnesses and experts witnesses
  • Alternative medical care proceedings in work comp
  • Investigating the correct weekly pay amounts for workers

Basically, if it touches on Iowa workers' compensation or personal injury claims each of our partners have presented on those topics

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation for the Injured
  • Handling select cases to promote a safer workplace.

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1979
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1979


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 1975

Published Works

  • Iowa Workers' Compensation, Harrison Company, 1999
  • Iowa Practice: Workers' Compensation, West, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, Board of Governors, 1981 - 1985
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1979 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice, 1979 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice - Workers' Compensation Section
  • Iowa Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc
  • American Association for Justice CRPS
  • American Association Burn Injury Litigation Group
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, Member, 1979 - Present
  • 2014 "Top 100 Trial Lawyers"

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer service to Iowa Head Injury Association, Legal Rights Committee -Past Chairman of the Legal Rights Committee for the Iowa Head Injury Association