Justin E. LaVan

Justin E. LaVan
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801 Grand Avenue
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Des Moines, IA 50309-8004

Education & Background

Mankato State University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1994)

Drake University Law School (J.D., with honors, 1998)


Skilled advocate, negotiator, and litigator with 25 years’ diversified experience in a wide variety of cases both federal and state, arbitration hearings, and client matters for both plaintiffs and defendants involving complex business litigation, commercial torts, construction defects, agricultural transactions, personal injury and insurance coverage issues.

Corporate law handling on a regular and ongoing basis corporate and general business law matters. Justin also serves on a number of boards and is admitted before the Supreme Court of Iowa and Florida, U. S. Supreme Court, Eighth and Eleventh United States Court of Appeals, United States District Courts in Iowa, Florida and Nebraska.

General Counsel experience with responsibility to negotiate, prepare, review, analyze and advise on transactions, business arrangements/operations, risk assessment, joint ventures, partnerships, strategic alliances, proposals, and all licenses, contracts and agreements. Corporate counsel with active participation role in management meetings and decisions. Adept at working with and managing all levels of staff, and with management; developing, coaching, and mentoring employees; establishing performance goals; and devising and executing short- and long-term business strategies. Responsible for all legal aspects including – oversee licensing/trademarks/copyrights, employee/labor policies, regulatory compliance, advertising and marketing legal review, material transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiations and preparation. Provide strong leadership, guiding outside counsel for IP and complex dealings.

Honors & Awards

     America's Top 100 Bet-the-company litigators badge  

Memberships & Activities

State Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1998
Florida, 1999

Federal Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court, Nebraska
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
The Florida Bar
America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers