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2015 Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) Conference

Samantha Gronewald, Shareholder Attorney and Amanda James, Associate Attorney, were among the leaders from Central Iowa to attend the 2015 Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) Conference “Transforming Journeys” held in Des Moines, Iowa on October 28th.  They were especially excited to hear keynote speakers Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Service by Facebook?

A New York judge recently entered an Order allowing a woman to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook. In Iowa, generally, a competent adult must accept service or be served in-person in order accomplish proper service. The woman in New York had been trying to accomplish service for several years according to her attorney. [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|Family Law|

The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Courts

In this day of technology, it is no surprise that the court systems are moving to using an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS for short) for parties to file documents with the Court, without even setting foot in the Courthouse. The district courts have been working on this conversion since early 2013; introducing and training [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|General Law|

Interactive Process in Action

If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom. I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you want to read the legal analysis too go ahead and read the full decision. Minnihan worked [...]

By | March 19th, 2015|Employment Law|

A lawsuit about a hot dog

Trial began yesterday in a case in Kansas City.  Here, the Plaintiff John Croomer attended a baseball game of the Defendant Kansas City Royals on September 8, 2009.  The Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, was throwing free hot dogs into the stands, and Croomer alleged that one of these frankfurters was negligently thrown and hit him in the eye, [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|General Law|

Grandparent and Great-Grandparent Visitation

I am frequently asked about grandparent and/or great-grandparent visitation.  Iowa Code Section 600C.1 discusses the circumstances in which a grandparent and/or great-grandparent may petition the court for visitation with a grandchild and/or great-grandchild.  A grandparent and/or great-grandparent may only petition the court for visitation when the parent of the minor child, who is the child of the [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Family Law|

Wait! Don’t Fire The Employee With A Really Sick Child!

At least not before checking with your attorney. An interesting case from the Northern District of Iowa was recently brought to my attention.  Although no final disposition of the case occurred due to parties resolving the matter out of court, the facts and issues are important enough to bring to the forefront.  The facts are [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Employment Law|

Tax Deductions for Legal Fees in a Divorce

In general, the Internal Revenue Code allows for a deduction of reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the production of taxable income. This may entitle you to a deduction of some of the legal fees paid in pursuit of post-separation support, alimony, taxable pension or annuity payments and other tax advice in connection with a [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|Family Law|

Non-Competes and Office Romances

Over the holiday, the Court of Appeals issued a couple of employment-related decisions regarding situations that often come up. Non-Compete Agreements/Competition with Former Employer In Curry’s Transportation Services, Inc. v. Dotson et al., the Court of Appeals addressed the enforceability of a non-compete and competition with a former employee.  Since I want to address two [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Employment Law|

An Employer’s Responsibility when Domestic Violence Invades the Workplace

In the wake of domestic violence charges against NFL players and the public’s outrage at the NFL’s response as a business owner you may be thinking how you might respond when faced with an employee charged with domestic violence or an employee who is a victim of domestic violence.  Or maybe you believe domestic violence [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|Employment Law|