Ann has always believed that she has one very simple job as a lawyer—to help people. She has devoted her career to helping people who have been harmed by others stand up for themselves and obtain justice. The law can be complicated and the legal system overwhelming and Ann knows her job is to help her clients obtain the best result possible no matter how complicated or challenging their case may be.
Ann has spent over 12 years representing families through personal injury claims and wrongful death cases. During that same time, with her expertise in Iowa employment law, she has also advocated for employees whose rights have been violated by their employers. Ann is not afraid to stand up to big corporations or insurance companies and stands by her clients during every step of the legal process.
Starting as a child injury attorney, and branching out, Ann represents persons throughout Iowa and has obtained numerous jury verdicts and favorable settlements for her clients in cases involving wrongful deaths, personal injuries, lead poisoning and employment discrimination.
Professional Honors and Activities: Ann has been awarded the Distinguished Attorney rating by Martindale Hubbell as a result of ratings given from other attorneys and judges. She serves on the Board of the Iowa Association for Justice, an organization of lawyers who represent persons harmed by others. Ann is also a member of the Iowa Association of Women Attorneys, the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, where she is a member of the Lead Paint Litigation Section. Ann also serves on the Charitable Contributions Committee of the Linn County Bar Association. She was also selected by the American Bar Association to author the Iowa Chapter in the book "A Practitioners' Guide to Class Actions."
Education: Ann graduated Cum Laude from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, majoring in political science. While at Cornell, Ann was inducted into the Phi Sigma Alpha honor society and awarded the Mark E. Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence in the field of politics. Ann later graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with Distinction. While in law school, Ann was selected to participate in moot court competition and later served on the Moot Court Board.
Court Admissions: Ann is admitted to practice in all Iowa state courts as well as the US District Court in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. Ann is also admitted before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous courts throughout the nation.
Reported Cases: In addition to representing her clients in front of a jury, Ann advocates for her clients through the appeal process when necessary, including in the following reported cases:
- Legg et al. v. West Bank, __N.W.2d__, No. 14-0691 (Iowa Sup. Ct. January 22, 2016)
- Dindinger v. Allsteel, __NW2d. __, No. 13-1411 (Iowa Sup. Ct. March 6, 2015)
- Mitchell v. Cedar Rapids Community School District, 832 N.W.2d 689 (Iowa 2013)
- Inechien v. Nichols Aluminum, LLC, 728 F.3d 816 (8th Cir. 2013)
- In re Estate of Whalen, 827 N.W.2d 184 (Iowa 2013)
- Blazek v. Eastern Iowa Const., LLC, 764 N.W.2d 783 (Iowa App. 2009)
- Walters v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 2007 WL 4531311, (N.D.Iowa Dec 18, 2007)
- Walters v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 2007 WL 1385387, (N.D.Iowa May 08, 2007)
- Northrup v. Penford Products Co., 2006 WL 753218, (N.D.Iowa Mar 23, 2006)
- GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. v. Rohr-Tippe Motors, Inc., 394 F.Supp.2d 1058, (N.D.Iowa Oct 06, 2005)
- GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. v. Rohr-Tippe Motors, Inc., 387 F.Supp.2d 992, (N.D.Iowa Sep 06, 2005)