Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP

Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP
133 West Broadway
P.O. Box 249
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Phone: (712) 328-1833
Fax: (712) 328-8320
email@smithpeterson.com
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Gregory G. Barntsen

Gregory G. Barntsen

Partner
Location:
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Phone:
712-309-3755
Fax:
(712) 328-8320
Email:

Admitted to bar; 1975, Iowa; 1983, Nebraska. Education: University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1968; J.D., with distinction in 1974. Areas of Practice: Trial law and personal injury law. His trial experience includes insurance defense, personal injury, workers' compensation, products liability, employment-related issues such as civil rights issues and business torts. Professional Affiliations: Iowa Defense Counsel Association Member and Director; Defense Research Institute; Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers; Iowa State Bar Association; Nebraska State Bar Association; Pottawattamie County Bar Association. Licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Admitted to practice law before United States District Court of Iowa, United States District Court of Nebraska, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Iowa and Nebraska Supreme Courts.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1975

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Litigation
  • General

Litigation Percentage

  • 98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1975
  • Nebraska, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of Iowa
    • B.B.A. - 1968

Published Works

  • "Estimating Settlement Values", Iowa Defense Counsel, 1985
  • Products Liability Update, Iowa Defense Counsel, 1988
  • "Comparative Fault Update", Iowa Defense Counsel, 1989
  • "Strategy and Discovery in Crop Damage Cases", Iowa Defense Counsel, 1994
  • "Reservation of Rights, Are they Really Effective", Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • "Legal Causation Between Injuries and Back Disorders", Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Inc., 1980
  • "Case Evaluation/Measure of Damages", Bridge the Gap ISBA, 1985
  • "Motions During Trial", Bridge the Gap ISBA, 1986
  • "How Age, Education and Motivation Affect Industrial Disability", Iowa Workers Compensation

Representative Clients

  • Employers Mutual Ins. Co.
  • One Beacon Ins. Co.
  • Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
  • Western Iowa Mutual Ins. Co.
  • Iowa Mutual Ins. Co.
  • United Fire & Casualty
  • Illinois Casualty Company

Classes/Seminars

  • Good Faith Settlements and a Right to a Defense In Iowa (IDCA Annual Meeting), Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Comparative Fault Update (IDCA Annual Meeting), Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Products Liability Update (IDCA Annual Meeting), Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Legal Causation Between Injuries and Back Disorders (Workers' Compensation Symposium), Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, 1980
  • Reservation of Rights, Are They Really Effective? (IATL Seminar), Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • How Age, Education and Motivation Affect Industrial Disability (Workers' Compensation Seminar), Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Vice President, 2010 - 2011
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Pottawattamie County Bar Association

At the Council Bluffs, Iowa, law office of Smith Peterson, we represent clients in cities throughout Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska in Pottawattamie County, Douglas County, Sarpy County, Mills County, Harrison County, Cass County, Carroll County, Crawford County, Fremont County, Audubon County, Woodbury County, and Shelby County, including Missouri Valley, Red Oak, Glenwood, Atlantic, Avoca, Harlan, and Omaha, Nebraska.

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