Best Lawyers in America® 2024

Posted on 08/17/2023 at 09:08 AM by The Newsroom

Based on client and peer reviews, Dickinson Law attorneys have been named by Best Lawyers® to all three of its recognition lists in 26 practice areas for 2024, including two “Lawyers of the Year” in Des Moines.

Click here to see how Dickinson’s attorneys have consistently received the highest ratings from Best Lawyers.


Howard Hagen was named the Banking & Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Hagen was also recognized in Financial Services Regulation Law and has been on the Best Lawyers list for 29 years. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, 2013, and 2015 for his work in Financial Services Regulation Law.

Russ Samson was selected as the Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year.” Samson was also recognized for Employment Law – Management. He has been on the Best Lawyers list for 17 years and was “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 for Labor Law – Management, and in 2019 for Employment Law – Management.

Cody Edwards was named for the first time to Best Lawyers in the 2024 edition for his work in Litigation and Controversy – Tax Law. He was recognized on the Ones to Watch list from 2021 to 2023.

Additional Attorneys recognized their areas of recognition include:

Jeff Baxter: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Real Estate Law

Ben Bruner: Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law

Ted Craig: Commercial Litigation

Tom Hanson: Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation

Jill Jensen-Welch: Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment

John Lande: Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, and Privacy and Data Security Law

Ron Mountsier: Tax Law

Mollie Pawlosky:  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and

Commercial Litigation

Amy Plummer: Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, and Corporate Law

David Repp: Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Melissa Schilling: Education Law, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment

Bill Serangeli: Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Real Estate, and Real Estate Law

Bill Stiles: Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law

David Wetsch: Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Trusts and Estates

Mary Zambreno:  Family Law

Ones to Watch

Regan Conder: Family Law

Sierra McConnell: Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Privacy and Data Security Law

Will Reasoner: Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Real Estate, and Litigation - Trusts and Estates

About the Best Lawyers Lists

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The organization has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Attorneys selected for each of its three ratings lists are selected based on peer reviews for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year.” These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are also divided by geographic region and practice areas, and are reviewed by their peers for their professional expertise. The Ones to Watch list recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

About Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

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Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a general practice law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Our attorneys provide a full range of legal and business counseling services to a client base that includes large corporations, small businesses, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations with interests in Iowa. From a $60-per-month rental office with one attorney nearly 85 years ago, Dickinson Law has grown into a leading general practice firm that proudly serves clients in all of Iowa's 99 counties. We consider ourselves teammates in the interest of our clients' success. Ultimately, our goal is to provide legal services and counseling which enhance the reputation of both the client and the attorney involved.


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