William B. Serangeli

Of Counsel
William B. Serangeli
Tel/Direct 1:
Tel/Main 1:
801 Grand Ave.
Suite 3700
Des Moines, IA 50309
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515.244.2600 x595


Bill Serangeli represents business clients, including real estate companies, banks and insurance companies, in commercial litigation and insurance defense matters. He currently serves as general counsel for various Boards of Realtors® and regularly lectures on legal topics to bar associations and trade organizations on professional compliance issues and ethics. Bill is also active in professional community organizations including the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association.

Education & Background

  • J.D., Drake University Law School (With Honors; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Drake Law Review)
  • B.S.Ed., Illinois State University

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Chambers USA

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015-2021 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of General Commercial Litigation. Bill has drawn the following published commentary from the editors of Chambers USA:
    • 2020: William Serangeli maintains an impressive client roster including insurers, financial institutions and real estate groups. Sources say: "He does good work and fights hard for his clients."
    • 2017: Clients praise William Serangeli, saying that "he dominates in a courtroom situation." Other sources describe him as "fast and decisive" and "very knowledgeable." His practice predominantly involves representing business clients.
    • 2016: Sources say of William Serangeli: "He is very effective, I am impressed with him." They add: "He is good on his feet and knows when to talk."

Best Lawyers

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
    • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Real Estate Law
  • Bill is the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Real Estate Law as recognized by U.S. News & World Report's The Best Lawyers in America.



Admitted to practice in the following states:

  •  Iowa

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Memberships & Activities

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow, 2003-Present
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court
    • Master of the Inn
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section
    • Chair, Committee on Specialization
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section
  • Polk County Bar Association
    • Past Member and Chair, Bench Bar Committee
  • West Des Moines (Iowa) Soccer Club
    • Past Director of Referees
    • Volunteer Referee

Articles, Presentations, and Publications