Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) installs new officers, honors IAJ award winners

(Des Moines) – The Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) installed new executive officers and members of its Board of Governors during its annual convention (November 5 & 6) in Des Moines. IAJ’s newly installed leaders will serve the 2020-21 term. IAJ also honored its 2020 award winners and collected more than $5,400 for the Food Bank of Iowa.

IAJ Officers
The following IAJ members were installed as Executive Officers.
- Jake Feuerhelm (of Feuerhelm Law Office in Des Moines) was installed as IAJ’s 48th president.
- Eashaan Vajpeyi (of Ball, Kirk & Holm, PC in Waterloo) was installed as IAJ’s president-elect.
- J. Dean Keegan (of Keegan, Tindal & Mason Attorneys At Law in Iowa City) was installed as IAJ’s first vice president.
- Angelina Thomas (of Newbrough Law Firm in Ames) was installed as IAJ’s second vice president.
- James H. Cook (of Dutton, Daniels, Hines, Kalkhoff, Cook & Swanson, PLC in Waterloo) was installed as IAJ’s parliamentarian.

“Jake Feuerhelm’s years of dedicated service to this Association have already set him apart among his peers. I am confident that 2021 will bring its own share of challenges for our Association, but I also have no doubt that Jake is more than ready to rise and meet those challenges, and to lead us on to greater things, and to help us hold true to the motto on the Iowa flag: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain,” said IAJ’s immediate past president Chad Swanson.

IAJ Board of Governors
The following IAJ members were elected to positions on the Board of Governors from the various judicial election districts across the state. Election balloting took place during the run-up to the convention.
- Sam Wooden (of Dubuque) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 1A.
- John J. Rausch (of Waterloo) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 1B.
- Tim Lapointe (of Mason City) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 2A.
- Shawn Smith (of Ames) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 2B.
- Jill Davis (of Spencer) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 3A.
- Patrick J. Phipps (of Moville) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 3B.
- T.J. Pattermann (of Council Bluffs) was elected from Judicial District 4.
- Kimberley Baer (of Van Meter) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 5A.
- Brooke Timmer (of West Des Moines) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 5C.
- Darin Luneckas (of Cedar Rapids) was elected from Judicial District 6.
- Anthony Bribriesco (of Bettendorf) was elected from Judicial District 7.
- Bryan Goldsmith (of Ottumwa) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 8A.
- Danny Cornell (of Mt. Pleasant) was elected from Judicial Subdistrict 8B.

In addition, the following IAJ members were elected to at large positions on the board of governors.
- Steven Ballard (of Iowa City)
- Amy Beck (of Johnston)
- Sarah Centineo (of Bellevue, NE)
- Cory Gourley (of West Des Moines)
- Ann Gronlund (of Cedar Rapids)
- Steve Hamilton (of Storm Lake)
- Ben Long (of Cedar Rapids)
- Erik Luthens (of West Des Moines)
- Ben Novotny (of Decorah)
- Edward Prill (of Burlington)
- Tricia Scheinost (of Council Bluffs)
- Mark Spellman (of Perry)
- Robert Tiefenthaler (of Sioux City)
- Dennis VanDerGinst (of Moline, IL)
- Jill Zwagerman (of Des Moines)

The following IAJ members are additional, or standing members of the board of governors.
- Thomas D.S. Farnsworth (of Iowa City) will serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ’s criminal law section.
- Jason Neifert (of Des Moines) will serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ’s workers’ compensation section.
- Gary Mattson (of Des Moines) will serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ's Justice For All PAC.
- Stuart Higgins (of West Des Moines) will serve by virtue of his standing as chair of IAJ’s new lawyers section.
- Chad Swanson (of Waterloo) will serve by virtue of his standing as immediate past president of IAJ.
- R. Saffin Parrish-Sams (of West Des Moines) will serve by virtue of her standing as past president of IAJ (once removed).
- Marc Harding (of Des Moines) will serve by virtue of his standing as an American Association for Justice (AAJ) Governor.
- Brian Galligan (of Des Moines) will serve by virtue of his standing as an American Association for Justice (AAJ) Governor.
- Roxanne Conlin (of Des Moines) will serve by virtue of her standing as an Association of Trial Lawyers of America/AAJ past president.

IAJ Awards Honorees
The following groups and individuals were accorded honors by IAJ during the convention.
- J. Russell Hixson (of West Des Moines) received IAJ’s 2020 Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award for his years of tireless advocacy on behalf of victims of medical negligence both in the courtroom and at the Capitol.
- Judge George Stigler (of Waterloo) received IAJ’s 2020 Judicial Achievement Award for his forty-two years of being a great listener and delivering superior quality justice in the resolution of civil, criminal, and military disputes for the citizens of Iowa.
- Munger, Reinschmidt & Denne, L.L.P. (of Sioux City) received IAJ’s 2020 Roxanne Conlin Public Justice Award for their brilliant and determined defense of our contingent fee system, in the case of Munger, Reinschmidt & Denne, L.L.P. vs. Rosanne Lienhard Plante and Chad L. Plante.
- Sarah Centineo (of Bellevue, NE) received IAJ’s 2020 William J. Wimmer Key Person Award for her exceptional media advocacy protecting and defending the right to trial by jury for victims of medical negligence during the 2020 legislative session.
- David Lind (of Clive) received IAJ’s 2020 Public Service Award for his historic and ongoing efforts to advance the accessibility and transparency of health care data through objective research and innovative solutions.
- Andrea Sahouri (of the Des Moines Register) received IAJ’s 2020 Excellence in Journalism Award for her courageous conduct while reporting from a Black Lives Matter demonstration despite being subjected to unjustifiable and outrageous law enforcement actions.

IAJ Justice in Deed Initiative
IAJ’s Justice In Deed initiative connects trial lawyers with community organizations across Iowa to help meet critical needs. The association’s Justice In Deed project for this Annual Convention was collecting financial contributions for the Food Bank of Iowa. Iowa trial lawyers attending the legal seminar donated more than $5,400 to the Food Bank over the course of the event. This is enough to purchase an entire truck filled with a variety of fresh produce.

“Trial lawyers involved in this association have had a great partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa over the course of this year, and this November fundraiser was our most successful yet. Not only did we raise more than $5,000 in cash donations, but in addition, we are able to donate nonperishable food items,” said IAJ President Jake Feuerhelm.

Iowa Association for Justice
Headquartered in Des Moines, the Iowa Association for Justice is an organization of more than 600 Iowa trial attorneys who fight for justice in courtrooms and communities across the state. The Association serves the legal profession and the public through its efforts to strengthen our justice systems, promote injury prevention, and foster the transparency of information critical to the health and safety of all Iowans.

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