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Robert D. Sharp

Bob believes that practicing law, particularly in the field of litigation, requires that a lawyer be aggressive and creative in attempting to solve a client’s problems. That may require trying the case, but it can also involve seeking out more cost effective, and less stressful, solutions such as dispositive motions, mediation and settlement. Bob works with his clients to find the right solution for the situation, and isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Most of all, Bob hates to lose.

Asbestos Litigation

Bob has been involved with asbestos litigation in Iowa since 1988, representing numerous national and, in one case, international clients in asbestos claims ranging from asbestosis to lung cancer and mesothelioma. Bob has participated in hundreds if not thousands of depositions and has obtained positive results for his clients through negotiated dismissals, summary judgments and settlements.

Litigation

Bob has been involved in litigation which literally runs the gamut of cases.  From personal injury tort claims, breach of contract suits, defamation actions, will contests, structured settlement transfers, name changes, adoptions, and even an action in probate court to have a missing family member of his client declared legally dead, Bob is a full service litigation attorney.  Bob has appeared in Small Claims and District Courts all across the state of Iowa, as well as the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court. In addition, Bob has appeared in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Personal

Bob was born and raised in Charles City, Iowa, and attended the University of Northern Iowa (twice) and Drake Law School. Between stints at UNI, Bob worked in radio as a disc jockey, music director, program director, and voice-over production person for television. He also managed a jewelry store for a major jewelry chain, ran a chimney sweeping business with his wife, and was a founding member and first vice president of the Cedar Falls Community Theatre.
 

Bob, and his wife Sheri and daughter Jen, moved to Des Moines to attend Drake Law School, and have remained for more than thirty years. When not working, Bob dotes on his two grandchildren, passionately roots for the Cubs and Hawkeyes, and enjoys reading and movies.

Honors and Accomplishments

AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell.
Recognized by Super Lawyers in the category of civil litigation.
Davis Hockenberg award for graduating first in his Drake Law School class.

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Community & Professional Activities

Drake University Midwest Moot Court Team (Co-Coach)

Windsor United Methodist Church (Member; past Chair of Board of Trustees)

Cedar Falls Community Theatre (Founding Member and past Vice President)

Representative Work

Hicklin Engineering v. Aidco, Inc. Obtained dismissal in trade disparagement case on the grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction.
Columbia Casualty Company v. City of Des Moines. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Des Moines Botanical Center in a personal injury claim.
Planned Parenthood of Mid-Iowa v. Maki. Obtained an injunction and subsequent contempt order against abortion protestor.
Ganske v. Georgia Pacific. Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the client in a mesothelioma claim.
Van Fossen v. Goulds Pumps. Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the clients in a cancer claim.
O’Boyle v. Ingersoll Rand. Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the client in a mesothelioma claim.
Tire Worker Cases. Obtained dismissal for client in series of approximately 125-150 cases pending in Federal Court stemming from alleged asbestos exposure at tire manufacturing plants.

Publications and Presentations

Author, Relief from Fraudulent Judgments in the Federal Courts:  Motion to Vacate or Independent Action – Opposite Sides of the Same Coin, 36 Drake L. Rev. 389 (1987)

Participant in Presentation of Sexual Harrassment:  The Do’s and Don’ts at the Belin Law Firm Seminar:  Employment Law in Iowa (Back to the Basics)

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