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Dennis P. Ogden

Dennis Ogden is a shareholder of the firm who specializes in civil litigation. He 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. 

Dennis 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. 

Dennis has been a frequent speaker concerning civil litigation and labor and employment law.  Before joining Belin McCormick, P.C., 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; Chair, 2014-2015
  • Bench-Bar Committee, 2013
  • Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 1989-1991

IDCA Employment Law and Professional Liability Committee

Trucking Industry Defense Association (Founding Member)

Lincoln Inne (President, 2014-2015)

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).

Direct 515-283-4618
Office 515-243-7100
Fax 515-558-0618
Address 666 Walnut Street
Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA
Asst. Connie Love
Phone 515-283-4644

Legal:  University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1982
Undergraduate:  Iowa State University, B.A., 1979

Labor and Employment: Labor and Employment Law
Litigation: Appeals, Trial Practice
Real Estate: Real Estate
  • Iowa
Federal Courts:
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
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