William R. Stiles

William R. Stiles
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801 Grand Ave.
Suite 3700
Des Moines, IA 50309
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515.244.2600 x595




Bill Stiles advises clients in commercial real estate matters ranging from acquisition of income-producing properties to valuation cases involving the assessed value of real estate. His clientele in real estate has necessitated his representation in personal estate planning, wills and probate, as well as corporate, limited liability company and partnership entity issues and the attendant tax planning associated with these areas.

Education & Background

  • J.D., Drake University Law School (With Honors; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Delta Theta Phi; Member, National Moot Court Team; Drake Law Review Editor-in-Chief, 1972-1973)
  • B.A., Drake University

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers

  • Chosen for inclusion in the 2020-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:
    • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Real Estate Law
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following area:
    • Land Use & Zoning Law



Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

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

Reported Cases and Representative Matters

Reported Cases

  • Deerfield Retirement Community, Inc. v. Board of Review of Polk County 771 N.W.2d 652 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009)
  • Hy-Vee v. Dallas County Bd. of Review, IA Ct of Appeals, no. 13-1377, October 1, 2014

Other Representative Matters

  • Used defeasance procedure to avoid pre-payment preclusion on the sale of bond and government financed commercial properties.
  • Represented property owners as well as local boards of review and assessors in appeals of assessment valuation cases before the Iowa district courts and the Property Assessment Appeals Board.

Memberships & Activities

  • Dickinson Law Firm
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Member, Real Estate and Title Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Member, Taxation Section
    • Member, Business Law Section
  • Polk County Bar Association

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • Author, I Love My Home, But Not Its Assessed Value, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog, March 23, 2015
  • Author, Another Change to the (Previous) 21-Year Limit on Restrictive Covenants in Favor of Homeowners’ Associations, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog, November 11, 2014
  • Author, “The Lawyer’s Role in a Successful Probate Proceeding,” in the 2012 edition of Inside the Minds: Strategies for Representing Clients in Probate Court, Aspatore Press
  • Presenter, “The Probate Process from Start to Finish,” Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE), West Des Moines, Iowa, May 22, 2012
  • Frequent speaker on real estate and probate matters, including negotiating and drafting trouble free commercial leases, handling assessment valuation cases, and the probate process from start to finish
  • Author, Court Upholds Twenty-one Year Limit on Restrictive Covenants; Denies Homeowners’ Association the Right to Levy Assessment, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog, March 1, 2012
  • Presenter, “The Probate Process from A to Z,” National Business Institute seminar, West Des Moines, October 12, 2011, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, October 13, 2011
  • Lecturer, Securities Regulation Law, Drake University Law School, 1979
  • Author, “Blackacre as a Shelf of Securities: Real Estate Syndications,” 23 Drake Law Review 483, 1974
  • Author, “Habeas Corpus Relief for the Military Prisoner: The Double Standard,” 21 Drake law Review 576, 1972