Nyemaster Goode Named Benchmark Litigation's 2017 Iowa Firm of the Year

May 8, 2017

Four or five stars are a dream for most businesses. But seven stars? And Iowa Firm of the Year?


The Litigation practice at Nyemaster Goode received both distinctions from Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to North America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.


In fact, Nyemaster Goode is one of only three Iowa firms listed by the publication in 2017 as “highly recommended” based on Benchmark’s analysis.


With the largest litigation team in the state and experience in 20 practice areas ranging from administrative law to workers compensation and with a special focus on insurance law, Nyemaster Goode has earned its outstanding reputation.

Frank Harty, veteran trial lawyer and head of the litigation team, attributes the recognition to the outstanding team of lawyers in the Nyemaster Goode Litigation group. “We’ve always been a strong corporate firm,” Harty says, “and we have always had a strong Litigation department.”


Another proof: Benchmark Litigation singled out seven stars from the team of 37 litigation lawyers in the Nyemaster Goode Litigation group.


And stars in the firm are likely to continue to shine. The New York-based publisher also pointed out a “future star” on the Nyemaster Goode team.

“In Nyemaster Goode’s nearly century of existence, the firm has established an admirable reputation and grown to among Iowa’s largest law firms,” according to the Benchmark Litigation 2017 guide. “Its diverse clientele ranges from individuals to emerging start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. It has the distinction of being Iowa’s sole member of various alliances and associations, extending its reach and providing access to networks of hundreds of firms and thousands of attorneys with a range of specialties around the world.”


With its headquarters in Des Moines and branches in Ames and Cedar Rapids, Nyemaster Goode keeps its roots firmly in Iowa. In its recruiting efforts, the firm looks for lawyers who have some ties to Iowa and will want to come back to the state. “By and large, we have salt-of-the-earth Iowans,” Harty says.


The award for Iowa Firm of the Year was announced at a ceremony in New York City Feb. 16.


Benchmark Litigation identifies elite firms that are dominant within their markets based on the publication’s independent assessments, including interviews with lawyers within the firms, peer lawyers, and litigants. Benchmark identifies firms “viewed as the dominant players on a state level, the ones who are most often retained as local counsel, with a proven bench of local stars.”