Nyemaster Goode Elects Still-Caris as Chair and Harty as President

January 26, 2023

The Executive Committee of Nyemaster Goode has elected Hallie Still-Caris as Chair and Jeffrey Harty as President of Iowa’s largest law firm.


“It’s an honor to be selected by my peers to lead Nyemaster and to follow Coreen Sweeney as the second female Chair in our firm’s history,” Still-Caris said. “Clients across all our practice areas are facing new challenges and addressing new opportunities seemingly every day, and the team of attorneys and staff we’ve assembled to support them is second-to-none. It’s an exciting time.” 


Still-Caris joined Nyemaster Goode in 1996 and practices in the Business, Finance and Real Estate Department. Her practice is focused on commercial real estate finance. She also advises businesses on general corporate and real estate matters, as well as compliance with environmental laws. A past chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Council, Still-Caris has held board positions with numerous community organizations including the United Way of Central Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Downtown DSM. She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers®. Still-Caris holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. She was President of Nyemaster Goode from 2021-2022.


As a litigator and registered patent attorney, Jeff Harty represents companies and inventors on both sides of intellectual property disputes: when someone is potentially trespassing or infringing on his client’s rights and when his client is charged with trespassing or infringing on others’ rights. Much of his practice is focused on IP litigation and he has tried IP cases in jurisdictions across the country. He is also a certified mediator. Jeff hosts On Intellectual Propertya bimonthly podcast where he interviews patent and trademark professionals from around the world with a focus on gaining unique perspectives about what it takes to develop a successful strategy to manage and protect IP. He also recently co-authored a book, Protecting Intellectual Property: Key Legal Insights for Businesses in Iowa, with Nyemaster Labor & Employment attorney Frank Harty. Jeff has been recognized by Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® for his legal talent, and was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® for intellectual property litigation in Des Moines in 2022.  Jeff is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University.