Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Innovation. Leadership. Resourcefulness. Personalized service.

The attorneys of Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. bring a spirit of innovation to a long and distinguished legal tradition. Dickinson attorneys strive to be leaders in their fields of practice, and the firm's forward thinking and resourcefulness is evident in its management of novel and complex legal matters. Dickinson attorneys take a proactive approach to the law, keeping clients informed about legal and regulatory developments that will impact their businesses. The firm is focused on emerging industries and areas of law and the opportunities they present for the firm's clients. Dickinson's attorneys and staff members share a dedication to providing personalized service to all clients, from start-up businesses to multinational corporations.

Dickinson attorneys have earned the respect of clients and colleagues. Nearly three-fourths of the firm's shareholders have been selected by clients and peers for inclusion in the most recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and/or Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm is also currently ranked in every practice area researched by Chambers and Partners in the State of Iowa.

Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is the exclusive Iowa member of the Law Firm Alliance, an association that allows the firm to affiliate with leading law firms across the globe when clients need legal representation in distant jurisdictions. The firm has a large concentration of clients in highly regulated industries that benefit from Dickinson's proximity to numerous governmental entities through its branch office in Washington, D.C. All Dickinson attorneys in Iowa are members of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations, and many are active participants in select sections within those organizations. Dickinson attorneys are admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dickinson is proud to be a participant in the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge and an EPA WasteWise Partner.

Contact Information

699 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309-3929
Phone: 515-244-2600

Firm Attorneys

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F. Richard Lyford F. Richard Lyford Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.
Practicing in: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Practicing in: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Iowa in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Des Moines, Iowa in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning with 2 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Iowa in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Des Moines, Iowa in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning with 2 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Mr. Repp not only understands the subject matter, he also has the ability to relate the information to our clients. He works well with his peers."
    "The depth and breadth of Howard Hagen's knowledge regarding banking issues is of great value. His problem solving, not just a commitment to research, begins with the first contact. Issues are clearly explained and options are effectively presented by him. Throughout the process, Howard is very accessible and responsive to questions, allowing us to proceed with confidence."
    - Ted Vonderhaar
    Pilot Grove Savings Bank
    "Mr. Hagen is a very thoughtful and caring advocate when the client is in a tough situation."
    - Jim Whitmore
    Okey-Vernon First National Bank
    "Mr. Howard Hagen has always been extremely responsive to all inquiries, creative in his handlings of all legal matters, and efficient in every issue I have presented to him. His standing in banking/financial law matters is exemplary."
    - Fred Hagemann
    Cedar Investment Company
    "Howard Hagen is extremely knowledgeable in the banking field. He has many good sources of contact with regulators and has excellent relationships with them. This is a big help from a banker's perspective in being able to sort through many of the hoops we must go through for applications and rulings. Howard does an outstanding job for us."
    - Tony Kaska
    Midwest Heritage Bank
    "Howard is a very creative thinker. He likes to review and discuss "big picture" issues. I enjoy working with him."
    - George Schneidermann
    Rock Rivers Bancorp
    "I have worked with Jeff Krausman for the past 20 years, and I would have to say he is one of the most knowledgeable education attorneys in Iowa. He is smart and provides excellent legal counsel."
    - Robert Stouffer
    Des Moines Christian School
    "Mr. Jeffrey Krausman is a well-grounded attorney who understands school law, but more importantly, understands the human condition. He has kept our district out of litigation numerous times and represented the district with great dignity, authority and grace. Our district trusts his opinion and his ability as a negotiator for master contract issues. Other attorneys with whom the district works, such as with insurance claims, do not perform as thoroughly or as tenaciously as does Mr. Krausman. Mr. Krausman has served this district for nearly two decades with three different superintendents and two different business managers. His reputation has improved as time has passed for this district. Mr. Krausman and the Dickinson Law firm has done exemplary work for our school district and I recommend him and the firm without hesitation."
    - Ned Cox
    Clarke Community Schools
    "One of the traits that best describes Ms. Jensen-Welch is her integrity and her concern for ensuring that her clients understand the risks they may be running by pursuing a certain course. At the same time, she is very tenacious in defending her clients against unreasonable allegations of labor/employment law violation."
    - Geoff Marsh
    Briggs Medical Service Company
    "I've known and worked with Jill Jensen-Welch for several years. I have always been impressed with her thoroughness, knowledge, and responsiveness. I have the utmost confidence in knowing that she has covered all the bases when providing me with advice and services."
    - Geoff Marsh
    Briggs Medical Service Company
    "It is a pleasure doing business with Joan Fletcher. She is very professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and always responds quickly to our needs or questions and in a manner which is easy to understand. Every chance I get, I refer people to her."
    - Kathy Sullivan
    Ultra Administrators, Inc.
    "Joan Fletcher offers excellent representatoin in ERISA matters."
    - Ric Tallman
    Operating Engineers Local #234
    "Jon is the best lawyer I have worked with in my 30 years in banking. He is extremely knowledgeable in his practice and is very responsive."
    "Mollie Pawlosky is outstanding in all areas. I have the highest respect for Mollie and her abilities and have never questioned her judgment in decision making. She has always been very upfront in all conversations good or bad. She does a great job explaining the law and our options in a way that is easy to understand. I would recommend her to anyone."
    - Lonnie Neubauer
    DSI Systems, Inc.
    "Paul is responsive, effective and very pleasant to work with. "
    - Dan Bohner
    Adventure Lands of America, Inc.
    "My comment about utilities law knowledge applies to Richard A. Malm. He is exceptional in having case law at the ready when discussing matters at the board or staff level."
    "If the matter in question is related to Employment Law, the experience and knowledge of Russ Samson will provide the right answer and a quick resolution. "
    - Ann Wiedenfeld
    First Federal Savings Bank
    "I have never met an attorney like Russ Samson. Like most attorneys, Russ knows the legal system very well. Where he exceeds others is his willingness to push the limit and protect our company's assets. Russ is the best and will always be the first person I call when I have legal questions."
    - Dave Maxheimer
    Hagie Manufacturing Co.
    "An early employer of mine was utilizing Russ Samson as an employment law attorney before I was hired. My experience with him established a high level of expectation. My current employer was new to this market and when asked, I recommended my current employer to Mr. Samson. Russ is a professional who works hard for his employment law clients, readily provides guidance, and annually hosts an employment law seminar. Russ Samson also assists non-profit organizations with his usual high level of service. My human resource peers who work with Russ will echo these sentiments."
    - Ann Wiedenfeld
    First Federal Savings Bank
    "Mr. Russell Samson always amazes me with his knowledge, explanation, and follow-up. We have discussed a wide array of issues with Mr. Samson and have always been extremely pleased with his assistance. I am always in awe of the fact that 99.9% of the time I pick up the phone and call his office he answers on the first ring!"
    "Mr. Repp not only understands the subject matter, he also has the ability to relate the information to our clients. He works well with his peers."
    "The depth and breadth of Howard Hagen's knowledge regarding banking issues is of great value. His problem solving, not just a commitment to research, begins with the first contact. Issues are clearly explained and options are effectively presented by him. Throughout the process, Howard is very accessible and responsive to questions, allowing us to proceed with confidence."
    - Ted Vonderhaar
    Pilot Grove Savings Bank
    "Mr. Hagen is a very thoughtful and caring advocate when the client is in a tough situation."
    - Jim Whitmore
    Okey-Vernon First National Bank
    "Mr. Howard Hagen has always been extremely responsive to all inquiries, creative in his handlings of all legal matters, and efficient in every issue I have presented to him. His standing in banking/financial law matters is exemplary."
    - Fred Hagemann
    Cedar Investment Company

    Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

    Contact Information

    699 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
    Des Moines, IA 50309-3929
    Phone: 515-244-2600

    Management

    Board of Directors
    Board of Directors
    Board of Directors
    Board of Directors

    Contacts

    Banking, Business & Corporate Law
    515.246.4543
    Employment & Labor Law
    515-246-4548
    Litigation & Trial Law
    515.246.4525
    Real Property, Trusts & Estates
    515.246.4513

    Personnel

    Partners: 19
    Of Counsel: 8
    Associates: 5
    Non-Legal Employees: 24

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Derivatives and Futures Law
    Education Law
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Family Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Real Estate Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates