Richard J. "Dick" Sapp

Richard J. "Dick" Sapp


Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Recognized since 2001

Des Moines, Iowa

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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Richard (Dick) Sapp is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, practicing primarily in product liability, commercial litigation, and appellate practice for more than 30 years. In addition, Dick has also been retained as litigation counsel on behalf of the Iowa General Assembly and the Governor of Iowa on constitutional cases of significance and governmental investigation matters.

Dick is an elected member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Product Liability Advisory Council, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a frequent author and speaker on product liability and trial practice topics. He has been consistently recognized by peers and clients as one of the very few Iowa attorneys to receive the top level rating in litigation by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a past President of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association.

His record of cases includes representation of clients or amicus organizations in many significant Iowa appellate decisions involving product liability and tort issues. He has frequently provided testimony or resource background to legislative committees and membership on litigation related legislation and product liability issues.

PRACTICE AREAS
Product Liability
Appellate Practice
Business and Commercial Litigation
Class Actions
Environmental Litigation
Insurance Coverage and Conduct
Intellectual Property Litigation
Personal Injury and Tort Defense

EDUCATION
Drake University (B.A., with honors, 1972; J.D., 1976)

BAR ADMISSIONS
Iowa, 1976
Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Location

  • 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
    Des Moines, IA 50309-3899

Education

  • Drake University, B. A., graduated 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, The Iowa State Bar Association

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Des Moines (2020)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Des Moines (2018)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Des Moines (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Product Liability

Awards:

  • Chambers USA

"He is a very strong trial lawyer; organized and thorough. He sees big picture and puts client's interests first."

- John Solomon (Electric Insurance Co.), Beverly , MA

"I have known Dick Sapp for over 20 years and consider him to be one of the best outside litigation attorneys doing work for my Company. He understands our business, partners effectively with our in-house staff, consistently navigates toward our objectives in a case, and achieves excellent results. To cite an example, we brought Dick in to appeal what remains the largest product liability damage award ever rendered against us, and he obtained a reversal of the award. I regularly recommend Dick to others looking for excellent litigation counsel in Iowa, and I consistently receive positive feedback from them about him. Dick is particularly well known as an expert on Iowa product liability law and is a prominent figure in pro-business state legal reform efforts. He has more than earned his role as a trusted "go-to" partner in our legal affairs."

- Daniel Harvey (Deere & Company), Moline, IL

"Richard Sapp is smart, responsive, and effective. He is a pleasure to work with."

"Dick expertly handled an important matter for us which was part of a mass tort. The plaintiff was volatile. Dick took her deposition. He had mastered the record. When the plaintiff tried to stretch the facts or feign memory loss, Dick was able to effectively cross-examine her with the applicable medical record. He also had the right demeanor -- professional, polite, but dogged. Dick knows his local courts and law. He applied that knowledge in providing us excellent advice and judgment throughout the case. I would turn to Dick for any future matters I have in Iowa."

"I have known Dick Sapp for over 20 years and consider him to be one of the best outside litigation attorneys doing work for Deere. He understands our business, partners effectively with our in-house staff, consistently navigates toward our objectives in a case, and achieves excellent results. To cite an example, we brought Dick in to appeal what remains the largest product liability damage award ever rendered against Deere, and he obtained a reversal of the award for us. I regularly recommend Dick to others looking for excellent litigation counsel in Iowa, and I consistently receive positive feedback from them about him. Dick is particularly well known as an expert on Iowa product liability law. He is also a prominent figure in pro-business state legal reform efforts. He has more than earned his role as a trusted, "go-to" partner in Deere's legal affairs."

- Daniel Harvey (Deere & Company), Moline, IL

"Dick has successfully handled very significant cases for us for almost 20 years, obtaining defense verdicts in several major cases, a number of outright dismissals, and several very favorable settlements."

- Tim Harrington

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