Schultheis, Graham Named Fellows

March 11, 2021

Nyemaster attorneys Mark A. Schultheis and Katie Graham were recently inducted into two exclusive legal organizations at the national and state level.


On March 5, Schultheis was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.


Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.


Membership in the College is limited to one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.


The majority of Schultheis’ practice involves medical and professional malpractice, product liability, and personal injury and tort defense. He also handles commercial litigation, administrative challenges of requests for proposals, and tries probate, trust, and estate cases


Schultheis joins fellow Nyemaster attorneys Frank Harty, Richard J. Sapp and Michael W.  Thrall in the College.  


On February 25, Graham was inducted as a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Membership in the IATL is limited to 250 attorneys who have displayed exceptional skills, the highest integrity and have dedicated their professional lives to trial practice. Membership is by invitation only, with recommendation from peers and judges and requires unanimous approval by the board of governors of the academy.


The IATL was formed to help Iowa trial lawyers gain greater proficiency and skill in the pleading, trial and pursuit of all forms of litigation and to promote and encourage improvement in jurisprudence which will protect the interests and rights of all the parties in litigation.


Graham’s practice focuses on employment law and product liability, and includes handling the defense of employment matters involving allegations of age, gender, disability, race, and religious discrimination, sexual harassment, common law retaliatory discharge, and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


Graham joins fellow Nyemaster attorneys Kevin H. Collins, Frank Harty, Brian Humke, Richard J. Sapp, Schultheis and Michael W. Thrall in the IATL.