Anthony (Tony) P. Lamb has become a Partner at the Klass Law Firm, LLP
The Klass Law Firm, LLP, is pleased to announce that Anthony (Tony) P. Lamb has become a Partner in the Firm effective January 1, 2017. Tony maintains a practice in a variety of areas including, business transactions and formations, probate, estate planning, trusts, wills, guardianships, conservatorships and litigation.
He received his undergraduate degree from Grand View University in Des Moines. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2013 with high honors. Prior to going to law school, Tony worked in law enforcement as a police officer with the police department in Lincoln, NE.
Tony is active in the community as a commissioner on the Sgt. Bluff Planning and Zoning Commission and is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. His wife, Jen is a physical therapist at Unity Point at Home and they have two children. Tony is licensed to and actively practices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
He joins current law partners, Timothy A. Clausen, Ryland Deinert, Rene Charles Lapierre, Bill Larson, Doug Phillips, Deena Townley and Brian Yung in the Sioux City based regional law firm.
Partner Honored in the ISBA Iowa Lawyer Magazine
In honor of Veterans Day, René Charles Lapierre will be honored in the Iowa State Bar Association’s, November 2016 issue of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine. He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1988 - 1993.
Partner Goes the Extra Mile
As summer hits, runners hit the pavement more and more. Recently, Deena Townley, had a chance to visit with members of Missouri River Runners (MRR). Read more.
Attorney Rene Lapierre gave a presentation on mediation
Attorney Rene Lapierre gave a presentation on mediation to a group of adjustors and other personnel from a national insurance company during April 2016. The topics included the benefits of mediation, the success rates of mediation, and how to best prepare for mediation. The presentation also included topics related to mediation from the perspective of the mediator.
Attorneys Ryland Deinert and Deena Townley attended annual review
Attorneys Ryland Deinert and Deena Townley attended an annual review during April 2016 with a national insurance carrier. The insurance company was provided with updates on current cases and other information relevant to the carrier.
Attorneys, Staff, Friends and Family of the Klass Law Firm participated in the 1st ever Rib 5k Run/Walk to benefit Camp High Hopes on Saturday May 3, 2014. Team Klass was 31 members strong and was the largest team in the event. In addition, Klass team member Mike Mahanney was the overall winner of the race portion and Sherri Beresford was the first place finisher among women runners. The event raised over $23,000 for Camp High Hopes which is a year-round non-profit camp specifically designed and built to serve youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs. The Camp's specialized programs include experiences in archery, canoeing, and nature education, amongst others, for individuals and groups with Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and other intellectual and physical disabilities. Camp High Hopes provides a true camping encounter for individuals who might otherwise never get to enjoy such an experience. Klass Law Firm Partner, Tim Clausen, is a member of the Camp's Board of Directors and Executive Board. For more information about Camp High Hopes visit www.camphighhopes.com.
Attorney Presents at Workers' Compensation Seminar
On October 25, 2013, Deena Townley presented the "Appellate Case Law Update" at the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyer's 35th Annual Seminar. The Annual Seminar was held in West Des Moines, IA and was attended by attorneys from across the state. Tim Clausen, Brian Yung, and William Larson from our office also attended the annual two day seminar.
Partner Featured in DRI's Veteran's Network Quarterly
René Charles Lapierre was featured in this quarter's Veteran's Network Interview Questions. René has a passion for Veteran's issues and has a long history of military service in his family, including a son that is currently serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. René is regularly involved in raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition to his work with Veterans René is on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Defense Counsel Association serving as the District III representative. DRI is the international membership organization of all lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation and is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Iowa Defense Counsel Association consists of over 400 members that are actively engaged in the defense of legal actions. The Interview Questions and Answers that were published are:
What made you join the armed forces?
My father and mother immigrated to this Country from Belgium. My mother passed away when I was 3 yrs. old and my father passed away when I was 13 yrs. old. The one thing I always remember about my father were his words to me and my two older brothers that each of us owes service in some form or fashion for a period of time to this great Country. I was over 30 years old when I went in the military and was in private practice, but left private practice to enter the military—my firm was great "understanding" this choice/mission for me and then I returned to my firm 5 ½ years later and have been here ever since.
Why did you choose the Air Force over the other branches?
My father served with the Flying Tigers during WWII. My oldest brother was career USAF. My middle brother was career Army. I choose the Air Force—the Dean of my law school, The University of South Dakota was a former TJAG.
Where were you first stationed and what was your first job?
Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. I began my assignment in the Civil Law Section of the Base Legal Office and then moved into the Military Justice Section.
What was your favorite assignment? Why?
My favorite assignment was the United States Air Force Academy and the Legal Studies Department. We got to help "train and educate" some of the future leaders of the Armed Forces. It was during this assignment, I got the opportunity to serve our County in Operation Southern Watch where I had the opportunity to see our men and women serve proudly and honorably within a theater of operations in foreign countries.
Who was the toughest commander you served under? What did you learn from him/her?
One of my favorite bosses was my first SJA, Col Henry (Hank) Fowler who was a former F-4 pilot and had been a POW at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Hank was a fantastic boss who really taught us younger guys a bit about life experiences and then living life. I was also blessed during Operation Southern Watch to have a Wing Commander who thought JAGS should know about the "flying" component of the Air Force and "insisted" I go up on missions—tankers and AWAX.
What are some of the lessons learned in the armed forces that have made you a better attorney?
I was blessed to learn many planning and organizational skills that have served me well—there should be very few "seat of your pants decisions."
What is your best memory from the time you spent in the armed forces?
My best memories are of my fellow JAGs and their families. We were blessed with great assignments and a greater family that watched over my family when I was TDY or serving overseas. I always knew somebody was helping and watching out for them.
If you had to tell someone what the biggest benefit he or she would receive from serving in the armed forces, what would it be?
The goals and values of the military mirror those of lawyers including the ethical obligations of soldiers.
What is your favorite war movie?
A Few Good Men—it showed some the military but it importantly showed that sometimes as an attorney and officer you must "push the envelope" in search of the truth.
Partner Gives Presentation
On May 18, 2011, Tim Clausen gave a presentation on the "Basics of Iowa Workers' Compensation Laws" to a group of officials at a subsidiary plant of "Fruit of the Loom" located in Jefferson, Iowa. This Plant employs over 70 individuals and among other items, manufacturers Spaulding Basketball systems including those used by the NBA and AIA gymnastics mats, floors and equipment.
Three members of the firm, Tim Clausen, Doug Phillips and Brian Yung, attended forums on insurance, personal injury and workers' compensation in Lincoln, Nebraska, Des Moines, Iowa and Luverne, Minnesota.
Partner Elected to Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors
The Iowa State Bar Association includes lawyers young and old, newly licensed as well as retired, residents and nonresidents (including military), active and inactive, lawyers in practice, and those working for business, government, and in other lines of work. In all, the Association includes approximately 7,800 lawyers and judges in Iowa's 99 counties and beyond. The Iowa State Bar Association is the oldest voluntary state bar association in the United States, having been formed initially in 1874.
The Iowa State Bar Association is governed by a 46-member Board of Governors elected from each of the state's fourteen judicial election districts. The Klass Law Firm, LLP, is pleased to announce that Barbara Orzechowski has been elected to a six year term on the Board of Governors.
The Klass Law Firm, LLP is a full service Law firm which includes a long record of assisting employees and employers with a wide range of employment law issues. The Klass Law Firm, LLP was recently retained to provide employment law advice to the Pocahontas County Board of Supervisors.
Employers often have employee handbooks which are allowed to get out of date and inaccurately reflect current law. The Klass Law Firm, LLP is currently helping multiple public and private employers with updates and revisions of their handbooks.