Dennis P. Ogden
Dennis Ogden is a shareholder of the firm who specializes in civil litigation. Mr. Ogden has handled cases involving a wide variety of issues, including personal injury, trucking accidents, products liability, employment discrimination, employment contracts and covenants not to compete, defamation, real estate, property tax assessment, commercial contracts, and workers’ compensation.
Mr. Ogden has substantial trial and courtroom experience having conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts. He has argued several appellate matters, both in Iowa appellate courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also experienced in handling matters before administrative agencies, such as city and county boards of review, the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board, federal, state, and local civil rights commissions, and the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Mr. Ogden has been a frequent speaker concerning civil litigation and labor and employment law. Before joining the Belin law firm, he practiced law with the firm of James, Galligan and Conlin, P.C., from 1982 to 1989.
Honors and Accomplishments
AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
President’s Citation, Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (for work as chair of the Law-Related Education Committee, 1989-1990)
Community & Professional Activities
Iowa State Bar Association
- e-Commerce Section Council, 2013-2017
- Bench-Bar Committee, 2013
- Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 1989-1991
IDCA Employment Law and Professional Liability Committee
Trucking Industry Defense Association (Founding Member)
Des Moines Community Playhouse (Board of Directors, 2013-present)
K-Life of Des Moines (Board Member, 2000-2003)
Good Samaritan Urban Ministries (Board Member, 2001-2004)
Valley Church of West Des Moines (Charter Member and Elder Board, 1989-1992)
Waukee Community Church of Waukee (Charter Member and Leadership Team Chairman, 2005 to 2008)
Iowa Civil Rights Commission (Volunteer Mediator, 1995-1998)
Iowa Legal Aid (Intake Volunteer, 1989 to present)
Significant Decided Cases
Blackford v. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Inc., 778 N.W.2d 184 (Iowa 2010)
Victor Health Center v. Board of Review, Iowa County, 705 N.W.2d 340 (Iowa App. 2005) (full text at 2005 WL 1964479).
Kulish v. West Side Unlimited Corp., 545 N.W.2d 860 (Iowa 1996).
Metropolitan Jacobson Development Venture v. Board of Review of City of Des Moines, 524 N.W.2d 189 (Iowa 1994).
Wolff v. Berkley, Inc., 938 F.2d 100 (8th Cir. 1991).
Gail v. Western Convenience Stores, 434 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 1989).
Gail v. Clark, 410 N.W.2d 662 (Iowa 1987).