Wilford H. Stone

Contact Information

Wilford H. Stone
526 Second Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
319-365-9101 extension 116
Email: wstone@lynchdallas.com
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Practice Areas

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Collective Bargaining and Labor Arbitration
  • Crisis Management
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Municipal and Government Services
  • School Law

Mr. Stone’s general practice includes the areas of labor and employment law, insurance defense, and trial, where he represents a wide variety of clients including insurance companies, businesses and cities, counties and school districts across the state.  Mr. Stone focuses on representing management and has served as chief negotiator for dozens of Iowa cities and school districts in collective bargaining.   He also spends a significant amount of time representing police officers and police departments on excessive use of force, use of chemical and pepper sprays, shooting, and unlawful search and seizure cases. Also an experienced trial lawyer, he defends employers in court and in arbitrations in all types of matters, including class-action lawsuits involving ERISA and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

He has 30 years of litigation experience, and has tried hundreds of cases before courts, juries, and arbitrators, and won dozens of cases on summary judgment. 

Cases and Experience

  • Life Investors Insurance Co. of America v. Federal City Region, et. al., 804 F.3d 908(8th Cir. 2015)(summary judgment for insurance company affirmed on appeal involving ratification of settlement agreement between parties)
  • Basquin v. City of Fairbank, Iowa, 847 N.W. 2d 236 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014) (successfully defended City on snowmobile injury caused by pedestrian footbridge tethering cable).
  • Kallail v. Alliant Energy Corporate Services, 691 F.3d 925 (8th Cir. 2012) (successfully defended employer on disability claim involving shift rotation and accommodation request)
  • Browder v. Aetna, Inc., 378 F. App. 591 (8th Cir. 2010) (successfully defended health insurance company on bad faith claim)
  • Heaton v. The Weitz Company, Inc., 534 F.3d 882 (8th Cir. 2008) (successful jury verdict affirmed on retaliation claim)
  • Western Reserve Life (WRL)/AEGON USA Inc. vs. Bratton Financial Services International et al, 2007 U.S. District Lexis 46351 (N.D. Iowa 2007), subsequent history at 464 F.Supp.2d 814 (N.D. Iowa 2006) (successful declaratory judgment on behalf of insurance company)
  • Attorney's Process & Investigation Services Inc. v. Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, 401 F.Supp.2d. 952 (N.D. of Iowa 2005); affirmed in relevant part, 609 F.3d 927 (8th Cir. 2010) (local counsel in successful preliminary injunction defense)
  • Kratzer v. Rockwell Collins, Inc., 398 F.3d 1040 (8th Cir. 2005) (successfully defended employer on age, disability and retaliation claims)
  • In Re: Sac & Fox Tribe/Meskwaki Casino Litigation, 340 F.3d 749 (8th Cir. 2003) (local counsel in tribal leadership dispute over casino and tribal facilities)
  • Horton v. Rockwell International Corporation, 93 F.Supp.2d. 1048 (N.D. Iowa 2000) (successfully defended age, race, and retaliation claims in failure to hire case)
  • Joslin v. Rockwell International Corporation, 8 F.Supp.2d 1158 (N.D. Iowa 1998) (successfully defended employer on FMLA claim)
  • Buchholz v. Rockwell International Corporation, 120 F.3d 146 (8th Cir. 1997) (successfully defended employer on appeal of defense verdict on age discrimination claims)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Labor Law (1987)
  • The University of Iowa (J.D., 1984) with distinction
  • Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R., 1980)
  • The College of Wooster (B.A., 1978)

Professional Affiliation

Active or formerly active in the following organizations:

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa Chapter
  • ARC of East Central Iowa (Professional of the Year, 2005)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Linn County
  • Cedar Valley Humane Society
  • Iowa Legal Aid (2010 Award for Pro Bono Service)
  • Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Iowa City/County Management Association
  • Iowa League of Cities
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Iowa Municipal Management Institute
  • National Czech/Slovak Museum and Library

Additional Biographical Information

  • Iowa Super Lawyers, 2017-2018, Employment and Labor Law
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2017-2018, Employment and Labor Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2018,  Employment Law – Management, and Litigation
  • Arbitrator, Commercial and Employment panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (1997-2007)
  • Governor’s Volunteer Award, 2000 (Iowa Civil Rights Commission)
  • Staff Counsel to the NLRB/Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch, in Washington from 1984-1987

Presentations and Publications

  • Human resource issues that keep managers up at night, 2017
  • FLSA overtime, on call and independent contractor issues, 2017
  • Several tips for allowing nonexempt employees to telecommute, 2017
  • Is it time to revamp antiquated city ordinances, policies, and practices, Iowa Municipal Managers Institute, 2017.
  • Avoiding liability for slip and fall cases on city sidewalks, City Scape,  Iowa League of Cities, October, 2016.
  • Contributor, 2016 Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook (A guide for Iowa Mayors and Council Members), The University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs.
  • Top 5 things City Managers/Administrators Should Know About Municipal Law, 2015
  • Collective Bargaining From the Employer’s Perspective, 2015
  • Ethical Limitations on Preparing Corporate Clients and Witnesses for Discovery and Trial, 2015