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George A. LaMarca

Des Moines Car Accident Attorney

1820 N.W. 118th Street, Suite 200

Des Moines, Iowa 50325

Telephone: 515-225-2600 or 1-877-327-2600

E-Mail: george@lamarcalandry.com

www.YourIowaLawyers.com

George A. LaMarca’s practice includes Personal Injury Law, Business Litigation, and Professional Malpractice. He has handled some of Iowa’s largest personal injury cases and some of the state’s most complex business litigation cases. He is board certified in Civil Trials and Civil Pretrial Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also board certified in medical malpractice litigation by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is a Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys.

Mr. LaMarca was peer selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. He was selected as one of the “Top 100 Iowa Attorneys” and “Best Attorneys in Iowa” for the years 2012 and 2013 by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has continually received “Super Lawyer” designation in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. LaMarca is a highly respected legal author. He has written and lectured extensively on the investigation and trial of complex cases, and the use of demonstrative evidence, models, tests and experiments in the courtroom. He is the author of Iowa Pleading, Causes of Action and Defenses, a comprehensive and definitive work on pleading and practice, procedural rules, forms and strategies that has brought wide acclaim from Iowa litigators. He has received awards for notable contributions to legal literature, and as a result of his press-worthy trials, he was featured in the legal anthology, The Trial Masters, Prentice Hall, 1994.

Mr. LaMarca has been a very active member of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association n/k/a Iowa Association for Justice for over 25 years. He was President in 1995-1996 and served on its Board of Governors from 1979-1983 and 1987-1991. In 1989, he was selected as the ITLA’s Outstanding Member of the Year. As a result of his extensive jury trial experience, he holds the rank of Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2006, Mr. LaMarca was elected President of the Iowa Chapter of ABOTA and has served as a national board member representing Iowa since 2007. He is a member of The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.

Mr. LaMarca received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University School of Law. He is admitted to practice and handles cases in Iowa and Florida, all U.S. District Courts in Iowa, the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the District of Nebraska, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. LaMarca’s hobbies include fly-fishing (both fresh and salt water) and vegetable and herb gardening. In addition to his legal writings and editorial positions in the legal field, Mr. LaMarca has also authored several travel pieces for certain travel and professional publications. He is also the author of a notable reference work and anthology, “Wine Wisdom,” published in 2002 by Vantage Press.

Certifications/Recognition:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified-Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Rating (the highest possible), Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit; 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education:

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa – JD
  • Oxford University, England – Honors Program, Graduate Readings
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois – B.A.
    • Majors: Political Science and English

Honors/Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in American 2010 and 2011 Editions – Personal Injury Litigation
  • Super Lawyer designation in Business Litigation – Super Lawyer Magazine, 2009 and 2012
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer – 2009, 2012
  • American Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 Iowa Trial Lawyers – 2008-2010
  • Public Justice Award – Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lawdragon, Inc. – Personal Injury
  • Bancroft-Whitney Company Award for Notable Contribution to Legal Literature in Recognition of 27 Am. Jur. Proof of Facts 2d, 471, 1981
  • Featured as a Prominent Trial Master in the Anthology, The Trial Masters,
  • Bertram & Warshaw, Editor, Prentice Hall, 1984
  • Member of the Year Award (Iowa Trial Lawyers Association), 1989
  • Who’s Who in American Law (7th Ed.)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (8th Ed.)
  • Who’s Who in the Midwest (24th Ed.)
  • Oxford’s Who’s Who, The Elite Registry of Extraordinary Professionals
  • Lifetime Member, National Registry of Who’s Who in America, National
  • Registry No. 129904

Published Works:

  • Iowa Pleading, Causes of Action and Defenses, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 (Revised 2006)
  • Market Share Liability, Industry-Wide Liability, Alternative Liability and Concert of Action: Modern Legal Concepts Preserving Liability for Defective But Unidentifiable Products, Drake Law Review, 1981
  • Overintrusive Surveillance of the Plaintiff in Personal Injury Cases, American Journal
    of Trial Advocacy, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Volume 8:3, August 1985
  • Industrial Catastrophe Management – Statutory Products, Supervisor and Professional Liability (Co-Author), Safe-Tech Industries, 1976
  • Unreasonable Speed of Train at Railroad Crossing (Co-Author), 27 Am. Jur. Proof of Facts 2d, 439, 1984
  • Inadequacy of Warning Device at Railroad Crossing, 37 Am. Jur. Proof of Facts 2d, 439, 1984
  • Investigation of Fire Cases, Forensic Science, Ch. 38C, Vol. III, 1986
  • Witness Preparation, Chapter 10, Preparing the Client for Trial (Contributor), Aspen Law & Business Publishers, Inc., 1998
  • Opening Statements-Effective Techniques, The Trial Lawyers Guide, 21:4, 1978
  • Courtroom Use of Demonstrative Evidence, The Iowa Trial Lawyer, 2:1, 1977
  • Courtroom Use of Photographs, The Iowa Trial Lawyer, 2:2, 1977
  • Effective Techniques of Opening Statements, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Court Practice Institute, 1:1, 1978
  • Do D.O.s and M.D.s Have Equal Rights to Hospital Privileges?, Legal Aspects of Medical Malpractice, 7:8, 1979
  • Suggested Investigation, Discovery and Trial Techniques in Railroad Crossing Cases from Standpoint of Plaintiffs, The Trial Lawyers Guide, 23:4, 1979
  • Courtroom Use of Demonstrative Evidence, Trial Diplomacy Journal, 3:4, 1980
  • Railroad Litigation: Investigating the Crossing Collision, Trial, Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, January 1981
  • Liability of Parent Company for Work Related Injuries of Employees of Subsidiaries, The Iowa Trial Lawyer, 8:1, 1983
  • Medical Care to Terminally Ill Incompetents, Hawkeye Osteopathic Journal, 2:1, 1984
  • Informed Consent-A Physician’s Expanding Responsibility (Co-Author), Hawkeye Osteopathic Journal, 2:1, 1984
  • Railroad Litigation: Investigating the Crossing Collision (Co-Author), The Legal Investigation, 14:2, 1984
  • Expert Opinion Testimony: New Rules-Old Problems, The Iowa Trial Lawyer, 10:2, 1985
  • Overintrusive Surveillance of Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Cases, Defense Law Journal, 35.5, 1986
  • Direct Examination, In Brief, 1:2, 1989
  • Traumatic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Automobile Collision, In Brief, 1:5, 1989
  • Expression of Personal Opinion at Trial, In Brief, 1:6, 1989
  • Admissibility of ‘Day in the Life’ Films, In Brief, 1:8, 1989
  • Final Checklist of Trial Principals, Trial Diplomacy Journal, 14:1, 1991
  • A Three Step Approach on Whether to Take a Case, The Iowa Lawyer, 51:3, 1991

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Current Legal Trends: Key Issues Facing the Trial Practitioner, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 2014
  • Opening Statements, 50 Years of Trial Excellence, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Successful Themes for Winning Jury Trials, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • ABOTA Trial College, Instructor, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2010
  • The Keys to a Successful Trial Practice, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • The Crucial Difference: Winning Techniques for the Trial Lawyer, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2009
  • Toxic Torts, Iowa State Bar Association, 2008
  • Latest Developments in the Trial Practice, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Winning Techniques in Trial Advocacy, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2004
  • Using the Financial Expert Witness During Litigation in Iowa, National Business Institute, 2002
  • Managing Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine in Iowa, National Business Institute, 2002
  • Difficult Issues in the Trial Practice, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • 37th Annual Meeting and Seminar, Iowa Defense Counsel, 2001
  • Legal Professional Negligence: Dissolution of Marriage-Inadequate Settlement Failure to Discover Assets, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys 2000
  • Success in Advocacy: Back to Basics, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000
  • Personal Injury Auto Seminar, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • 25th Anniversary Annual Convention, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Trial Strategies for a New Century, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • How to Get the Verdict You Want in a Personal Injury Case, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Masters in Trial Program, Trial Demonstration in an Automobile Collision Case from Opening Statement to Jury Deliberations (Co-Chairman/Moderator),
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1995
  • Masters In Trial Program, Trial Demonstration in Intersection Collision Case, from Opening Statement to Jury Deliberations, 1995
  • Winning the Business Litigation Case, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association,1994
  • Pleadings & Practice, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Ethics: Lawyer Advertising and Its Effect on the Public Image of Lawyers, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Trial Preparation Techniques, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Investigation of Product Injury Cases, Iowa Association of Private Investigators, 1992
  • Iowa Insurance Law Update, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1991
  • Issues and Strategies in the Use of Economic Experts Point/Counterpoint, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Use of Computer Generated Graphics in Motor Vehicle Litigation, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Depositions: Strategies, Tactics and Mechanics, Professional Education Systems, Inc., December 1989
  • New Developments and Strategies in Products Liability Litigation, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Maintaining an Action Against a Fellow Employee, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1986
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Issues, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1986
  • Developing Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Iowa Legal Assistants Association, 1986
  • Concert of Action and Civil Conspiracy in Business Torts, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1985
  • Masters in Trial Program, Trial Demonstration in Intersection Collision Case, from Opening Statement to Jury Deliberations, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1985
  • Concert of Action and Civil Conspiracy in Business Torts, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, January 24-25, 1985
  • Surveillance of the Plaintiff, National Association of Legal Investigators, January 8-11, 1985
  • Expert Witnesses-Problem Areas of Fact and Law, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, November 1-2, 1984
  • How to Recover Prior to Suit, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Iowa Insurance
    Claims, November 3-4, 1983
  • Investigation, Discovery and Trial Techniques in Railroad Crossing Cases, National Association of Legal Investigators, October 23-24, 1983
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation, Iowa Legal Assistants Association, August 1983
  • Investigation, Discovery and Trial Techniques in Railroad Crossing Cases, Association of Legal Investigators, 1982
  • Pre-filing Settlement Negotiations and Techniques, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Eighth Circuit Seminar, November 11-12, 1982
  • Preserving Liability for Defective But Unidentifiable Products, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Eighth Circuit Seminar, May 13-15, 1982 Discovery Rules and Application with Sample Interrogatories, Requests for
  • Admissions and Expert Depositions, Iowa Bar Association, April 22-23, 1982
  • Trial Techniques in Medical Malpractice Cases, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1981
    Market Share Liability, Industry-wide Liability, Alternative Liability and Concert of
  • Action: Modern Legal Concepts Preserving Liability for Defective But Unidentifiable Productions, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1981
  • Preparation and Direct Examination of the Medical Expert, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1981
  • Trial Techniques in Medical Malpractice Cases, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1981
  • Market Share Liability, Industry-wide Liability, Alternative Liability and Concert of Action: Modern Legal Concepts Preserving Liability for Defective But Unidentifiable Products, Drake University Law School, 1981
  • Preparation and Direct Examination of the Medical Expert, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, November 12-13, 1981
  • Investigation and Trial Presentation of a Railroad Liability Case, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1980
  • Proving Standards of Care in the Courtroom, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1980
  • A Primer on Hospital Industry and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital
  • Standards of Practice, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1980
  • Insurance Company Surveillance of the Plaintiff, Association of Trial Lawyers Of America, 1980
  • Proof of Train Speed and Stopping Capabilities, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, 1980
  • Opening Statements, Lawyers Chautauqua, Iowa Judicial Election District 3A, 1979
  • Establishing Train Speed in the Courtroom, Dallas County Bar Association, 1979
  • Panel Discussion: “The Mechanics of Evidence,” Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1978
  • Discovery-Selected Cases in Search of the Truth, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1978
  • Proving Fault in Automobile Cases (Seminar Co-Chairman), Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1977
  • Courtroom Use of Photographs, Model Tests and Experiments, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1977
  • Opening Statements-Effective Techniques, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1976
  • Rules of Civil Procedure-State and Federal Comparisons, Iowa Association of Legal Secretaries, 1976

Editorial Positions:

  • Trials Editor, The Iowa Trial Lawyer, Journal of the Trial Lawyers of Iowa
  • Contributing Editor to Column “Advance Sheet,” American Bar Association, Journal of Litigation, 1976-80
  • Board of Editors, Hawkeye Osteopathic Journal, 1982-86
  • Editor, In Brief, the monthly journal of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1988-98
  • Board of Editors, Trial Diplomacy Journal, now known as the Trial Lawyer, 1988-Present
  • Editor, bi-monthly column on case management in The Trial Lawyer, 1988-2000

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (since 1970)
    • President (1995-96)
    • President-Elect (1993-94)
    • Vice President-Member Services (1991-93)
    • Parliamentarian (1990-91)
    • Board of Governors (1978–83) (1987–93)
    • Special Committees: Continuing Legal Education (1989), Medical Malpractice Legislation (1990)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Advocate (1989)
    • Treasurer (2002-2003)
    • Secretary (2003-2004)
    • Vice President (2004-2005)
    • National Board of Directors (2006-present)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America n/k/a American
    • Association for Justice
    • Member-Commercial Litigation Section
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Special Committee-Tort Reform (1986-87)
    • Member, Federal Practice Committee (1988-1996)
    • Special Committee-Iowa Bar Association and Iowa Medical Association Joint Liaison (1989–92)
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation and Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law Special Committee-Medicine and Law
    • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

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