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Iowa lawyer who admitted stealing money from his employer and clients loses his license

BY: - June 3, 2021

An eastern Iowa lawyer who two years ago admitted embezzling money from his employer, and who now admits improperly taking money from his clients, has had his Iowa law license revoked by the state’s Supreme Court. According to the Iowa Attorney Disciplinary Board, attorney Curtis W. Den Beste, formerly of Cedar Rapids, took money from […]

‘Bullying’ Iowa lawyer who ‘completely botched’ a case faces license suspension

BY: - May 31, 2021

An Iowa attorney with a history of neglecting clients’ cases is facing a one-year suspension of his law license, in part for alleged “bullying and outrageous” behavior directed toward former clients. In deciding to recommend a one-year license suspension for attorney Scott D. Fisher of Waukee, the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa […]

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Osklaloosa lawyer reprimanded due to assault conviction

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Iowa Attorney Disciplinary Board has reprimanded an Oskaloosa attorney who was convicted last year of assaulting a woman. In April 2019, a woman filed a Petition for Relief from Sexual Abuse against attorney Matthew B. Moore. The petition described three separate incidents: one in which Moore was alleged to have partially exposed himself to […]

Iowa lawyer accused of lying to the court links Capitol riot to his discipline

BY: - May 26, 2021

A criminal-defense lawyer who was reprimanded for allegedly lying to the court says his discipline is in some way linked to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. In 2018, attorney Allan M. Richards of Tama, who handles high-profile murder cases, applied for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court. He was asked on that […]

CR lawyer faces sanctions over ‘foreign scheme’ in which investors lost $700,000

BY: - February 24, 2021

A prominent Cedar Rapids attorney could be facing a second suspension of his law license for his role in an alleged high-risk foreign investment scheme that skirted federal regulations and resulted in investors losing $700,000. The Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa is recommending the court suspend the law license of Bruce Willey […]

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Sioux City lawyer faces sanctions for alleged witness intimidation and dishonesty

BY: - February 22, 2021

A Sioux City attorney accused of witness intimidation and repeated acts of dishonesty is facing a possible suspension of his law license. Court records indicate attorney Harold K. Widdison is facing sanctions for actions related to court proceedings that grew out of his divorce in 2014. In 2016, Widdison filed a motion to modify a […]

Bettendorf attorney appeals discipline in sexual abuse case

BY: - February 19, 2021

An eastern Iowa attorney accused of sexually abusing a client is appealing a proposed two-year suspension of his law license. The Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa alleges that in January 2018, Bettendorf attorney Stephen Newport was representing a woman in a personal injury case when the two were in his office discussing […]

Court clerk who was found out passed out at work disciplined by board

BY: - February 8, 2021

A law clerk for the Iowa Judicial Branch, who was alleged to be drunk at work amid a series of alcohol-related arrests in 2019, has been publicly reprimanded by the Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board. Board records indicate that Deanna Steinbach of West Des Moines, a law clerk and an Iowa-licensed attorney, was arrested […]

Cedar Rapids attorney disciplined for the third time

BY: - February 5, 2021

A Cedar Rapids attorney has been publicly reprimanded for her mishandling of a client’s probate case. The attorney, Kathryn E. Davis, allegedly acknowledged to the Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board that she accepted probate cases, which typically involve the settling of estates left by deceased individuals, without understanding the nature of those cases. “I […]

State suspends law license of public defender who served on city council

BY: - January 31, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a public defender and former Council Bluffs City Council member. It is the fifth disciplinary action taken against attorney Chad Primmer, but the first that has been made public. Court records indicate Primmer violated the rules governing client trust accounts, which are designed to segregate […]

Former prosecutor accused of harassment faces new hurdles to regaining law license

BY: - January 21, 2021

The Van Buren County prosecutor who was removed from office for what the Iowa Supreme Court called “shocking and repeated displays of sexual harassment” has failed to comply with requirements for reinstatement of his law license, according to court records. A district court judge removed Abraham Watkins from his post as county attorney in January […]