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Tom Hillers

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Throughout his litigation career, Mr. Hillers has focused on civil and criminal trials and appeals. He has represented a broad spectrum of clients from Fortune 100 companies to sole-proprietors and individuals in virtually every county throughout the State of Iowa involving disputes in financial services, manufacturing, serious-injury, and wrongful death, agriculture, real estate, and commercial/ residential construction. He handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including complex contract disputes, real estate transactions and litigation, mortgage and lending litigation, estate and trust litigation, and professional liability actions. Mr. Hillers is also well-known through the industry as a leading resource on all things insurance, based upon the knowledge that he gained as in-house corporate counsel for Nationwide Insurance.

Mr. Hillers has been recognized as a leading litigator in several practice areas by numerous professional publications. The National Trial Lawyer has recognized him as Top 40 under 40 and Top 100 Civil Trial Attorneys in Iowa. He has also been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Honors & Accomplishments

  • Iowa Bar Association President’s Award – 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 under 40
  • Top 40 under 40 – DSM Magazine
  • Created the Jury Verdict Reporter for the Iowa Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Resolution – Created a position for a young attorney on the Law School Accreditation Committee, which creates the rules that drive the cost of legal education.

Admitted to Practice

  • 2007 – Indiana (Inactive)
  • 2010 – Iowa

Community & Professional Activities

  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Ethics Committee 2015 - Present
  • Board of Governors 2015-2018
  • President, Young Lawyers Division 2017-2018
  • Chair, Membership 2017-2018
  • Chair, Future of Legal Services 2015-2016
  • Founder, YLD Litigation Section 2013
  • Founding Member, YLD Mentor Program 2015
  • Founding Member, YLD Diversity Committee 2013
  • Chair, State Fair Mock Trial 2011 – 2013
  • Annual Meeting Committee 2011-2013
  • Corporate Counsel 2015 – 2018
  • American Bar Association:
  • Construction Industry Forum – Division 7 (Insurance, Surety & Liens)
  • Recorder 2011 - 2013
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Legislative Liaison – Iowa/Nebraska 2011-2013
  • Iowa Defense Counsel
  • Commercial Litigation & Product Liability 2012 –2014
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • United Way – Marshalltown
  • Professional Co-Chair (2012)
  • Deans Cup (Now Cady Cup) Steering Committee

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, Beyond Copy & Paste Discovery Methods in Iowa, Iowa Bar Association 2020
  • Presenter, YLD How To – Civil Depositions in Iowa, Iowa Bar Association 2018
  • Author, Treatise – Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage, 2018
  • Author, The Future of the Practice of Law in Iowa, Iowa Bar Association 2018
  • Presenter, Coverage for Construction Defects under the Commercial General Liability Policy, National Business Institute 2011
  • Presenter, Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Case in Iowa, National Business Institute 2012
  • Presenter, Thompson v. Kaczynski – Scope of Liability, Nationwide Insurance Claims Division 2012
  • Presenter, Wrap Exclusions in Commercial General Liability Policies, 2012
  • Presenter, Strategies for Negotiating, Iowa Bar Association 2017
  • Presenter, Litigating the UIM Case in Iowa, Iowa Bar Association 2018
  • Presenter, A Defense Attorney’s Perspective, Iowa Association for Justice 2019
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage in Employment Law, Iowa Association for Justice 2019
  • Presenter, Tips for the Litigation Paralegal, Iowa Paralegal Association 2018
  • Presenter, Managing Electronic Records, Iowa Paralegal Association 20

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