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In Memoriam

The Belin McCormick Law Firm was founded on  the promise of offering clients superior legal services performed by quality attorneys.  Over nearly 40 years, scores of attorneys have worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for our clients.  We remember three attorneys who have died while in the service of our clients.

David Belin (1928-1999) founded this law firm.  Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Sioux City, he served in the United States Army in Korea and in Japan.  Mr. Belin was assistant counsel to the Warren Commission, which investigated President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  Mr. Belin concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had worked entirely on his own as Kennedy's assassin, which the Commission affirmed in its final report. He wrote two books on the JFK Assassination: November 22, 1963: You Are the Jury (1973) and Final Disclosure: The Full Truth About the Assassination of President Kennedy (1988).  Mr. Belin's former Warren Commission member and then-president Gerald Ford appointed him executive director to the Rockefeller Commission, which investigated CIA activities within the United States.

Mr. Belin was a corporate attorney.  He was a graduate of Michigan Law School.  Mr. Belin served metro Des Moines and the Jewish community in many leadership positions. A successful businessman, he owned a number of Midwestern publications. 

Mr. Belin died in January 1999.  After his death, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts to underwrite the Belin Quartet.  A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city. Mr. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. 

Roger Stetson (1953-2004) was a litigator at this law firm and a community activist.  Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Roger moved to Des Moines with his family as a young child. Following graduation from Hoover High School, he received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Iowa, a Masters Degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Michigan.

While an active member in the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Bar Association, the Des Moines Rotary Club and Plymouth Congregational Church, Mr. Stetson also shared a great enthusiasm for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the New York Yankees, Republican politics and the game of golf.

Bill Bartine (1952 – 2016), practiced real estate law for 23 years at Belin McCormick. His experience included work on the Jordan Creek Town Center, Country Club Office Park; Paragon Office Park; various Vision Iowa transactions (Science Center of Iowa; Pappajohn educational center); the West Glen Town Center; and representing Willow Creek Golf Course in its sale of almost ten million dollars of land to Microsoft, Inc. Bill had 38 years of experience resulting in hundreds of million dollars’ worth of acquisitions, closed institutional loans, and bond fundings.

Mr. Bartine earned his B.A. from Iowa State University in 1974 with high distinction.  In 1977 he earned his J. D. (Order of the Coif; with high distinction) from the University of Iowa College of Law. He earned BAND 1 recognition from Chambers and Partners and was named Best Lawyers’ 2011 Des Moines Real Estate Lawyer of the Year among his many other recognitions.  Bill was a true community leader.  His list of volunteer activities are long and varied.  He served as President of the Theodore Roosevelt High School Foundation; treasurer and board member of the Civic Music Association of Des Moines; and at the time of his death was chairman of the State Historical Society of Iowa.  Bill Bartine earned the Governor’s Volunteer Award through Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in 2015.

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