About DeKoter Thole Dawson & Rockman, P.L.C.
The firm has a substantial litigation practice, which includes nationwide representation in product liability defense cases. In those cases, the firm’s attorneys have acted as lead defense counsel for a manufacturing company client in jurisdictions such as Texas, Connecticut, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, New Mexico, and other states. These cases generally involve vehicle accidents and often the amounts in dispute are into the millions of dollars. We also represent several insurance carriers in defending litigation on behalf of their insureds in cases involving automobile accidents, premises liability, liquor liability, product liability, and other issues. We also represent a railroad in defending property damage and personal injury litigation throughout Iowa.
The firm has also represented many injured persons in cases involving automobile accidents, water sports accidents, falls on premises, nursing home liability, workplace sexual harassment, truck and trailer accidents, and other situations. We welcome inquiries into our experience and record in personal injury litigation.
Throughout its history the firm has also provided estate planning advice for clients—i.e., advice involv...ing wills, revocable trusts, financial powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, life insurance trusts, and related estate planning documents. The members of the firm have many years of experience in estate planning. The firm employs a legal assistant, Debra Hulstein, who works only in this area of practice and has over thirty years of experience.
Our clients also include banks in a five county area of northwest Iowa, including Sibley State Bank; US Bank in Sibley; United Community Bank; Sanborn Savings Bank; First State Bank of Hawarden; Savings Bank in Lake Park and others. The law firm has historically also represented several southwest Minnesota banks regarding their Iowa loans.
The firm maintains a substantial practice in municipal law. We serve as city attorneys for the cities of Ashton, George, Harris, Little Rock, Ocheyedan, Sanborn, and Sibley. Our attorneys have decades of experience in advising city governments.
The firm has a strong business and employment law practice, serving many local companies with their legal needs. We advise employers on matters ranging from drafting employee handbooks; advice for terminating an employee; and wrongful discharge litigation. We are proud to be the attorneys for companies such as Dethmers Manufacturing Company in Boyden; Maurer Manufacturing in Spencer; Sudenga Industries in George; Den Hartog Industries in Hospers; Keith M. Merrick Co. in Sibley; and others.
We also give advice on agricultural law. Our law firm has represented farmers in northwest Iowa for over seventy years, helping them with legal matters such as leases, severance agreements, tile agreements, real estate contracts, farm corporations, manure agreements, and other matters. One of our partners, Mike Thole, grew up on the farm.