News & Announcements

 EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2020

Lynch Dallas is now accepting visitors in the building by appointment only. Please contact your party via our main number at 319-365-9101 to schedule your appointment. As the front door will remain locked, the person you are visiting will meet you at the door to let you in at your appointment time.

Thank you for understanding.

August 6, 2020, Lynch Dallas, P.C. replaces Robert Johnson as ongoing city attorney for Fort Madison, Iowa.  Read the article Here

July 15, 2020, Emily Ellingson will present on What Should I Be Asking? Legal and HR Issues Facing School Boards During COVID-19 at the Iowa Association of School Boards “Leadership Through a Crisis:  COVID-19 and Beyond” Digital Conference.

July 2, 2020, Emily Ellingson was reappointed to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Commission for a 2-year term ending 6/30/2022 and will serve as Vice Chair of the Commission from 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021.

June 14, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  Iowa Hemp Act

In 2019, the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate File 599, which wrote the Iowa Hemp Act and its coordinating amendments into law. Following on the heels of similar federal legislation, the Iowa Hemp Act opened the door for Iowa farmers to begin growing hemp for industrial uses. The law defines “hemp” as Cannabis sativa plants with less than .3% dry-weight concentration of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

The enactment of pro-hemp legislation at the state and federal level has been followed by the popularization of hemp-based products containing the chemical CBD. Unlike THC, CBD in itself is not a controlled substance under Iowa law. However, as many CBD manufacturers warn, CBD products may contain at least trace amounts of THC, as both chemicals are found naturally in hemp. Prior to the enactment of the Iowa Hemp Act, any amount of THC was unlawful to possess and distribute in Iowa, including those trace amounts that may be found in CBD. That remained the case until April 8, 2020, when the Iowa Hemp Act received federal approval and officially took effect. Now, hemp-based products with trace amounts of THC are no longer controlled substances, so long as their THC content is below .3%.

Many public and private employersmay wish to review and update their Drug Free Workplace and drug testing policies in light of these changes to the law. If you need assistance doing so, or with any other issues related to this change in the law, please feel free to contact us.

 - Holly Corkery and Nathan Kooker

June 1, 2020, Lynch Dallas is now accepting visitors in the building by appointment only. Please contact your party via our main number at 319-365-9101 to schedule your appointment. As the front door will remain locked, the person you are visiting will meet you at the door to let you in at your appointment time.

Thank you for understanding.

May 26, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  More Department of Labor Guidance for Employees with Children

Summer is finally here! What about your employees that are unable to work  because they need to care for their children this summer when their child care plans have changed?   The U.S. Department of Labor (“the DOL”) recently released more guidance on Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act leave (E-FMLA) related to employees who are unable to work. See new FAQ #93 at:

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

What leave is available? First and foremost, it remains true that these leaves can be used if the employee’s childcare is “unavailable” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Remember, the DOL defines a “child care provider” broadly as “someone who cares for your child,” including people who are paid to watch your children and “individuals who provide child care at no cost and without a license on a regular basis, for example, grandparents, aunts, uncles or neighbors.” See FAQ #68.   So that means these leaves can be used if an employee’s children are not able to go to their summer camp, or recreational center programs for reasons related to the pandemic. But employees may NOT take the leaves simply because school closed for the summer.

What information can an employer ask about this leave? The practical issue is what type of information can the employer require to apply the leaves in a summer camp/program scenario? Does the employee need to establish their children were enrolled already and the camp/program closed? What if they never had a chance to enroll due to COVID-19? What if they use the camp/program every summer, but they aren’t required to pre-enroll and/or they didn’t enroll this year based on the uncertainty of the public health emergency?

Bottom line:  employers should not add extra certification burdens to employees related to summer camps/programs.  Instead, the employee must provide the following information:   their name, the dates for which the employee requests the leave; the reason for the leave; and a statement that the employee is unable to work because of the above reason; plus the name of the employee’s child/ren; the name of the…place of care or child care provider that has closed or become unavailable; and a statement that no other suitable person is available to care for your child/ren. See FAQ #16.  And while some employers find these minimal reporting requirements frustrating, they should remember the overarching principles at play under the Families First Coronavirus Act: to provide working parents a safety net if they cannot work due to loss of childcare related to the pandemic.

 - Amy Reasner and Wilford Stone

May 6, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  Joint Final Rule:  Extension of Certain Time Frames

On April 28, 2020, the Department of Labor issued a joint notice with the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service that went into effect on May 4, 2020. In summary, the notice extends certain time frames impacting participants’ rights to healthcare coverage, portability, and continuation of group health plan coverage under COBRA and extends the time for participants to file benefit claims or appeals of denied claims.

The timeframe extensions are based on the end date of the “national emergency” and the end date of the “outbreak period.” Although the national emergency end date has not been announced, the end date of the outbreak period is the 60th day after the end of the national emergency. Under the joint rule, the timeframes for COBRA election period, premium payments and notification periods will not begin to run until after the outbreak period has ended.

In the context of COBRA coverage, the impact of the joint rule means that the outbreak period must be “disregarded” (which means the outbreak period is not considered as part of the deadline timeframe), when determining the 60-day COBRA election period. If June 30, 2020 is used as a hypothetical outbreak period end date, this would mean that the 60-day election period for an employee that became COBRA eligible during the outbreak period would be extended to August 29, 2020. Additionally, since health plans under COBRA cannot require payment of premiums before 45 days after the initial COBRA election, the extension of the election period under the joint rule means premium payments may be delayed for some time when compared to when the employee first became eligible. 

The rule also makes it clear that the outbreak period must be “disregarded” when calculating the date by which a participant may file a request for an internal appeal after receiving an adverse benefit determination. For example, an employee who received an adverse determination relating to their 401k on April 15, 2020 is notified that they have 60 days to file an appeal. Assuming an outbreak period end date of June 30, 2020, the employee would then have 60 days after the outbreak period end date to file their appeal.

Another example involving a disability plan. An employee receives a notification of an adverse benefit determination from their disability plan on February 15, 2020. The decision advised the employee they had 180 days within which to file an appeal. Assuming again an outbreak period end date of June 30, 2020, under the new rule the outbreak period is disregarded in the appeal period timeframe meaning the employee would need to file their appeal by December 12, 2020. Note that the 180-day extension from the June 30, 2020 outbreak end date is reduced by the 15 days that elapsed between the adverse decision and the start of the outbreak period of March 1, 2020.

 Federal Register: Extension of Certain Timeframes

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 - Amy Reasner and Dan Morgan

May 1, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  Reopening Guidance

Today, 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties will begin the process of reopening their economies.  As organizations start to reopen, doing so safely in a manner that protects employees and the public is of the utmost importance to everyone.  Employers beginning to reopen in the coming weeks should ensure that they are following the legal requirements found in the Governor’s Proclamations and the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) guidance when doing so.  The IDPH guidance can be found here:   https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/IDPH%20Reopening%20Guidance%204_27_20.pdf.

In addition to the above, employers should consider how they will address employees who may start frequenting those establishments that are opening, including, but not limited to, fitness centers, malls, libraries, certain retail establishments, and spiritual and religious gatherings.  Employers concerned about these activities should develop policies that treat similarly situated employees equally. In particular, in the case of spiritual and religious gatherings employers should ensure that they do not treat employees engaging in those activities differently than other situations where employees may attend a mass gathering.

Open communication with your workforce about what you are doing to ensure compliance with the Governor’s proclamations and CDC and IDPH guidelines should provide reassurance to your workforce during a time when many employees are likely to be anxious.  Remind your employees that they are encouraged to share their workplace safety concerns (including about reopening safely or employees attending social or religious events), but they must do so factually and within the proper reporting chain of command. If additional issues arise as your workplace begins to reopen, you should contact legal counsel for guidance.

 - Amy Reasner and Holly Corkery

May 2020, Daniel Morgan's article "Fido in the Library: Service Animals and Public Facilities" was published in the May 2020 publication of Iowa League of Cities CityScape magazine.  Read article here.

April 28, 2020, Amy Reasner, Holly Corkery and Dan Morgan presented to the members of the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association on "Pandemic Hot Spots:  Employment Law and the PPP".  Link to their presentation recording here.

April 28, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  IWD Return to Work Guidance

As business in Iowa begins to reopen, employers are preparing to recall employees who were laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, in light of the increased availability of unemployment benefits and lingering employee concerns about COVID-19, some employers have grown worried that employees will be reluctant to return to work. Can these employees voluntarily decline to return to work and still continue to collect unemployment benefits?

On April 27, 2020, Iowa Workforce Development issued guidance clarifying that employees laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic who refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will be deemed to have voluntarily quit their employment, losing their state and federal unemployment benefits. However, benefits will not be lost where the employee fails to return to work due to one of the following circumstances: 

  • The employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing symptoms; 
  • The employee has recovered from COVID-19 but cannot perform essential job duties due to medical complications caused by the disease; 
  • A member of the employee’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19; 
  • The employee is providing care for a member of their household who was diagnosed with COVID-19; 
  • The employee does not have childcare due to COVID-19 reasons; or 
  • The employee does not have transportation to the workplace because of COVID-19.

These six exceptions expand benefit protection only to situations where the employee’s inability to return to work is caused by COVID-19. Iowa Workforce Development regulations generally provide that quitting due to a non-work-related illness, family responsibilities, a lack of childcare, or a lack of transportation will disqualify the employee from eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Employers should follow CDC, OSHA, and IDPH guidance on protecting employees in the workplace and provide their employees returning to work with specific information about implemented safety protections. Employees cannot be punished for voicing health and safety concerns, but those concerns should be managed in an objective and data-driven manner. Nonetheless, some employees who do not meet the above criteria may still be generally fearful about returning to work. Absent a valid health and safety concern, an employee who refuses to return to work will likely be disqualified from receiving benefits, but this will be a fact-specific analysis. You should consult your attorneys if this issue arises.

Iowa Workforce Development asks that businesses report employees who refuse to return to work without good reason or who quit their jobs through the IWD website.

 - Amy Reasner and Nathan Kooker

April 7, 2020, Amy Reasner and Holly Corkery presented to the Marion Chamber of Commerce on "Employment Law Tips:  Covid-19 with Lynch Dallas, P.C."  (link to presentation here).

April 3, 2020, Amy Reasner contributed to an article in Cedar Rapids Gazette on “What does it mean to be furloughed in Iowa? Here's everything you need to know“ E-version here

April 1, 2020, in response to guidance from our state and federal governments, Lynch Dallas will remain closed to the public through at least April 30, 2020.  In an effort to service our clients, our attorneys and legal assistants will remain working from home and on shifts in the office.

March 30, 2020, Holly Corkery participated on the panel for "Round-table question & answer about Covid-19 and impact on local government" through the Iowa State Bar Association, Government Practice Group.

March 27, 2020, due to the extension of the Health Declaration by Iowa Governor Reynolds, Lynch Dallas will remain closed to the public through at least April 7, 2020.  Our attorneys and legal assistants will remain working from home and on shifts in the office to service our clients.

March 21, 2020, Lynch Dallas Legal Update:  Options for Workforce Reductions During COVID-19

The recent passage of federal legislation known as Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), along with state legislation and proclamations, have provided public and private employers alike with another set of tools to help navigate the employment challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Reynolds recently announced that Iowa Workforce Development will be offering unemployment benefits to those individuals who are laid off or cannot report to work due to business closure and are not receiving pay.  Individuals seeking these unemployment benefits must otherwise qualify for unemployment.  Iowa Workforce Development has stated that, for any employee who receives unemployment benefits due to a layoff or shutdown related to the coronavirus pandemic, the employers’ unemployment account will not be charged for the benefits provided.

Additionally, the Iowa Workforce Development's Voluntary Shared Work Program (VSWP) is an option that employers may consider. The VSWP is designed to be used as an alternative to layoffs when employers face a decline in regular business activity. Under the VSWP, reductions in the workforce are shared by reducing the employees' work hours with unemployment insurance partially replacing lost wages. The benefit of the VSWP is that it helps employers manage their expenses while also keeping the employees connected and ready return to their normal work hours when business improves. It is also possible to use the VSWP for specific affected work units within your entity. Please note that you must complete an application with Iowa Workforce Development before you can engage in the VSW program. Additionally, there are a number of commitments you must make as an employer before engaging in the VSWP.

For more information on the unemployment options that exist for layoffs related to the coronavirus pandemic, including VSWP requirements and assistance with the application, please feel free to contact our office.

March 18, 2020, 

As the pandemic evolved Lynch Dallas implemented the same mitigation measures it was advising its private and public entity clients to implement. However, with the community spread in Iowa (March 13, 2020), the President’s proclamation of a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020 and the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Iowa today, Lynch Dallas has created a new plan to protect its employees, its clients and our community to mitigate the  risk of community spread of the Coronavirus.

Effective March 18, 2020, until at least March 31, 2020, Lynch Dallas is maintaining only a bare minimum of essential employees to staff operations at the building, but will have no more than 10 people on each floor of the building on any given day. Many of the firm’s employees can and will work from home or rotate working from the building and working from home.  We are invested in the latest technology and will check emails, the U.S. mail and voice messages as regularly as possible to provide the same quality and timely service our clients know and expect. Go to www.lynchdallas.com.

Those valued employees who cannot work from home are being compensated for their time away from work.

There will be no receptionist and the building will be locked.  That means that callers should use the menu of options to reach attorneys, legal assistants and staff by phone or voice mail. Voice mail messages are also copied to Lynch Dallas emails, so we will not miss your call.   Lynch Dallas’ telephone no. is 319.365.9101.

Only absolutely essential meetings, with fewer than ten people, will occur at the building. That means attorneys, legal assistants and staff will make arrangements for entry to the building for clients if a meeting will be held at Lynch Dallas. We will continue to wipe surfaces regularly used (door knobs, door panels and counters) with disinfectant after each use and after meeting.

We know that these disruptions, and the lack of what the future holds is unsettling.  However, Lynch Dallas is and has been a strong community partner since 1926, and we take these measures to share in the responsibility to do the right thing with the rest of Iowa and the nation.”   Executive Board

February 21, 2020, David Wenzel, Greg Usher, Nathan Kooker, Dan Morgan and Noah Schmall participated in the 2020 Bowl-4-Kids’ Sake annual event to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids.

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February 11, 2020, Emily Ellingson and Daniel Morgan will present on "Special Education & 504 Plans" and Brett Nitzschke and Nathan Kooker will present on "School Safety" at the School Administrators of Iowa School Law Conference in Altoona, Iowa.

January 13, 2020, Lynch Dallas, P.C. is pleased to announce that Holly A. Corkery has become a shareholder with the firm as of January 1, 2020.  Ms. Corkery is an experienced attorney in employment and labor Law, workers’ compensation, and general litigation for both public and private sector clients. She received her bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 2009, and her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012. Ms. Corkery is also an active member of the community. Among other activities, she is a member of the Marion Chamber Board of Directors and a recent graduate of the Marion Leadership in Action.  Learn more about Ms. Corkery by visiting her full profile.

December 6, 2019, Amy Reasner will present on "Top 10 things you don't want to hear your employment attorney say...!" at the IAPELRA Winter Conference in Adel, Iowa.

November 19, 2019, Amy Reasner participated in the "Leaders Who Lunch" program with Kenwood Academy's 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

September 27, 2019, Pat O'Connell and Holly Corkery will present on "How Does Our City Enforce Ordinances?" at the League of Cities Annual Conference & Exhibit in Dubuque, Iowa.

August 20, 2019, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2019 Great Plains Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list.  The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Steven C. Leidinger on their nominations. For more information about Super Lawyers go to SuperLawyers.com.

August 20, 2019, Lynch Dallas is pleased to announce that Matt Nagle has been selected to the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, and evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Matt J. Nagle on his selection. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

July 31, 2019, Holly Corkery and Brett Nitzschke will attend the School Administrators of Iowa Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

July 16, 2019, Wilford Stone presented on "What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana in the Workplace" at the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association quarterly legal lunch -n- learn in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

July 12, 2019, Pat O'Connell and Wilford Stone will present on "A Case Study on Police Use of Force - Legal and Procedural Issues for Cities" at the Iowa City/County Management Association summer conference in Decorah, Iowa.

May 3, 2019, Wilford Stone, Amy Reasner and Holly Corkery will present at the IAPELRA Spring Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Mr. Stone will present on"Hemp oil/Marijuana and Employment Law", Ms. Reasner will present on "Employee Relations/Investigations" and Ms. Corkery will present on "Mental Health Issues in the Workplace."

May 1, 2019, Wilford Stone's recent case representing a Cedar Rapids police officer, Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids, is discussed in the April 23, 2019 Harvard Law Review blog. Read full blog here.

April 11 & 12, 2019, Emily Ellingson and Holly Corkery will present on "Navigating Through Common (and Uncommon) HR Issues" at the Newport Group Corridor HR Roundtable in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

April 11, 2019, Patrick O'Connell and Greg Usher will present "Preparing Cases and Code Enforcement Official Testimony" at the Iowa Association of Code Enforcement Spring Regional Conference in West Des Moines, Iowa.

April 3, 2019, Amy Reasner was confirmed by the Iowa Senate to the Iowa Finance Authority board of directors for a six year term ending 4/30/2025.

April 3, 2019, Patrick O'Connell and Holly Corkery presented on "Navigating the Bermuda Triangle Between FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation Laws" at the Iowa Employment Conference in Altoona, Iowa.

March 22, 2019, Patrick O'Connell, Holly Corkery and Greg Usher will present "Case Law Update and Hot Topics in HR Management" at the Iowa Municipal Management Institute Annual Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

March 14, 2019, Amy Reasner will present on FMLA/ADA/Work Comp and Return to Work Leave issues at the Iowa State Association of Counties Spring Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 30, 2019, Lynch Dallas celebrated the opening of our Central City office with a ribbon cutting and open house.  Kyle Sounhein and members from the Central City Mainstreet and City Council were present.

November 16, 2018, Patrick O'Connell and Benjamin Roberson will present on Legal Issues to Consider in the Discharge of Public Employees at the Iowa Municipal Attorney's Association Annual Seminar in Johnston, Iowa.

November 15, 2018, Brett Nitzschke and Emily Ellingson will present on Navigating Iowa's Open Meetings and Open Records Law at the Iowa Association of School Boards Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

October 2018, Holly Corkery has been selected to participate in the Marion Chamber of Commerce's Marion Leadership in Action program.  Ms. Corkery was one of the thirteen applicants selected for the program's 2018-2019 class.  For more information on the program, please visit:  Marion Chamber - Leadership in Action.

October 2018, Congratulations to Kyle Sounhein and Cynthia Parker for making the ISBA Pro Bono Honor Roll 2017-2018.

September 18, 2018, Holly Corkery will present on Labor Relations at the Iowa Street and Road Conference in Ames, Iowa.

September 12-13, 2018, Lynch Dallas, P.C. law firm will attend the Iowa League of Cities annual conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

August 23, 2018, Amy Reasner will present on Employment Law at the Iowa State Association of Counties Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

August 8, 2018, Holly Corkery and Ben Roberson will attend the School Administrators of Iowa Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

August 2, 2018, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2018 Great Plains Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list.  The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Steven C. Leidinger on their nominations. For more information about Super Lawyers go to SuperLawyers.com.

August 2, 2018, Lynch Dallas is pleased to announce that Matt Nagle has been selected to the 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, and evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Matt J. Nagle on his selection. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

July 12, 2018, Pat O'Connell and Holly Corkery will present on Case Studies of Recent Issues in Municipal Law at the Iowa City/County Management Association summer conference in Altoona, Iowa.

July 11-13, 2018, Pat O'Connell, Steve Leidinger, Holly Corkery, Greg Usher and Ben Roberson will attend the Iowa City/County Management Association summer conference at The Meadows Events and Conference Center, Altoona, Iowa.

June 12, 2018, Emily Ellingson was appointed to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Commission for a two year term ending 6/30/2020.

May 2, 2018, Wilford Stone will present on "Workplace Discrimination" at the Marion Civil Rights Commission meeting in Marion, Iowa.

April 12 & 13, 2018, Emily Ellingson and Amy Reasner will present on " Investigating & Remedying Workplace Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation in the #MeToo Era" at the Newport Group Corridor HR Roundtable in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

April 6, 2018, Emily Ellingson will present on "Sexual Harassment" at the American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter Spring Conference in West Des Moines, Iowa.

April 5, 2018, Holly Corkery will present on "Labor Relations in Iowa" at the American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter Spring Conference in West Des Moines, Iowa.

March 22, 2018, Wilford Stone will present on "Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace" at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

March 16, 2018, Greg Usher, Amy Reasner and Patrick O'Connell presented on "Legal Update" at the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute Annual Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

March 15, 2018, Holly Corkery will present on a panel discussion titled "I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Dealing with Rumors on Social Media" at the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute in Iowa City, Iowa.

February 28, 2018, Amy Reasner moderated the Cedar Rapids Mayor's State of the City.  Check out the article in The Gazette's Government section: https://tinyurl.com/yazrewnr.

February 13, 2018, Amy Reasner and Holly Corkery presented on "Sexual Harassment and Assault:  The Ever Changing Title IX Landscape" at the School Administrators of Iowa School Law Conference in Altoona, Iowa.

January 16, 2018, Lynch Dallas, P.C. is pleased to announce that Emily K. Ellingson and Kyle A. Sounhein have become shareholders with the firm as of January 1, 2018.  Ms. Ellingson is an experienced attorney in Civil Litigation, Employment and Labor Law, School Law, Municipal Law and Insurance Defense. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa in 2006, and her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2009. Ms. Ellingson is also an active member of the community. Among other activities, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has volunteered as an Attorney Coach for the Taft Middle School Mock Trial in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Mr. Sounhein is an experienced attorney in Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Real Estate, Tax, and Litigation. He has been practicing law for 10 years. Mr. Sounhein received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in 2005, and his law degree from Drake University College of Law in 2008.  Learn more about Ms. Ellingson and Mr. Sounhein by visiting their full profiles.

September 28, 2017, Wilford Stone, Steve Leidinger, and Holly Corkery will present at the annual League of Cities Conference in Davenport, Iowa.

September 27-29, 2017, Lynch Dallas, P.C. law firm will attend the Iowa League of Cities annual conference in Davenport, Iowa.

September 20, 2017, Holly Corkery will present on "Legal Updates:  Changes to Collective Bargaining and Post-Accident Drug Testing" at the Iowa Streets and Roads Annual Conference in Ames, Iowa.

September 1, 2017, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2017 Great Plains Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list.  The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Steven C. Leidinger on their nominations. For more information about Super Lawyers go to SuperLawyers.com.

September 1, 2017, Lynch Dallas is pleased to announce that Matt Nagle has been selected to the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, and evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Matt J. Nagle on his selection. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

August 2, 2017, Brett Nitzschke and Holly Corkery will attend the School Administrators of Iowa Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

July 12-14, 2017, Pat O'Connell, Steve Leidinger, and Holly Corkery will attend and present at the Iowa City/County Management Association summer conference at Honey Creek Resort.

May 11, 2017, Holly Corkery will present on employment law issues to the East Central Coalition of Municipalities meeting.

May 9, 2017, Amy Reasner and Holly Corkery will speak to the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association on “ Threat assessment and policies in the workplace.”

May 5, 2017, Wilford Stone, Amy Reasner and Emily Ellingson will speak to the Iowa chapter of the Public Employer Labor Relations Association in Iowa City, Iowa, on public sector bargaining strategies, legislative changes regarding chapter 20, and background screening issues.

March 17, 2017, Wilford Stone, Pat O'Connell, and Amy Reasner, will speak to the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute on: “Is it time to revamp antiquated city ordinances, policies, and practices?”

March 15, 2017, Lynch Dallas P.C., law firm will host a reception for city administrators at the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute annual conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

March 1, 2017, Gregory T. Usher will be presenting at an Employment Law Update and Best Practices CLE seminar. Mr. Usher's presentation will cover the topic of Workplace Challenges of Privacy, Social Media and Technology Issues.

February 7, 2017, Brett Nitzschke, Amy Reasner, Emily Ellingson, and Holly Corkery presented at the School Administrators of Iowa School Law Conference in Altoona, Iowa. 

November 22, 2016, The Corridor Business Journal featured Lynch Dallas in its article “CR law firm takes proactive approach toward talent gaps,” available here.  

November 18, 2016, Amy Reasner will present on Human Resource issues to city administrators at the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Des Moines, Iowa.

November 18, 2016, Patrick O'Connell and Holly Corkery will present on legal issues involving police-worn body cameras to city attorneys at the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Des Moines, Iowa.

November 16 and 17, 2016, Brett Nitzschke, Wilford Stone, Emily Ellingson, Holly Corkery, Cassie Wolfgram, and Greg Usher attended the IASB Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

November 11, 2016, Amy Reasner, Holly Corkery, Emily Ellingson, and Wilford Stone will present on employment law updates to the Association of Corporate Counsel at Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

November 3, 2016, The Corridor Business Journal recognized Lynch Dallas for its 90th anniversary. The article is available here. 

October 27, 2016, Emily Ellingson will present on insurance and deferred compensation issues to the Iowa Association of School Business Officials, Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa.

October 13, 2016, Lynch Dallas, P.C. will attend the IASB Employer Relations Conference in Altoona, Iowa.

October 2016, Wilford Stone's article on “Slip and fall cases involving city sidewalks-your ordinance must “expressly” impose liability,” was published in Cityscape, Iowa League of Cities.

September 22, 2016, Emily Ellingson, Brett Nitzschke, Wilford Stone and Cassandra Wolfgram Dallas will attend the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

September 1, 2016, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2016 Great Plains Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.  The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Steven C. Leidinger on their nominations. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

September 1, 2016, we are pleased to announce that two attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Matt J. Nagle and Wilford H. Stone on their selections. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

July 14, 2016, Holly A. Corkery and Emily K. Ellingson will be recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and Iowa Legal Aid for their pro bono contributions in 2015. Each will be recognized and honored for completing at least 50 hours of pro bono work on cases and matters reported as closed in calendar year 2015 through the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project.

April 21, 2016, Holly Corkery will present on “Employer Pitfalls in Social Media” at the Iowa Employment Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

March 18, 2016, Wilford Stone, Brett Nitzschke, Patrick O’Connell and Holly Corkery will present on various employment law issues affecting municipalities at the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute Conference in Iowa City, Iowa. 

February 18, 2016, Wilford Stone, Emily Ellingson and Holly Corkery will present on various topics at the Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

December 18, 2015, Emily Ellingson and Holly Corkery will present on various topics regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act and Employee Misclassification at the Wage and Benefit Law from Start to Finish seminar sponsored by National Business Institute in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

December 10, 2015, Holly Corkery will speak on Legal Ethics of E-mail: Sending E-Mails to Clients, Opposing Counsel, the Court, and Third Parties as part of the seminar on Legal Ethics in E-mail, sponsored by the National Business Institute in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

November 20, 2015, Wilford Stone will present at the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Seminar on “Can I say that? Defamation by elected officials including recent verdicts and settlements” in Johnston, Iowa.

November 5, 2015, Holly Corkery will speak on the Fair Labor Standards Act to human resource managers in Des Moines, Iowa.

October 30, 2015, Wilford Stone and Amy Reasner will present on investigation mistakes and their legal consequences and dealing with transgender issues from the employer's perspective at the Second Annual Corporate Counsel Forum for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa chapter, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

September 23, 2015, Wilford Stone, Patrick O'Connell, and Amy Reasner will speak at the Iowa League of Cities convention in Cedar Rapids Iowa, on “Handling Major Liability Issues."

September 21, 2015, Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Wilford H. Stone were named to the Iowa Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2014-2015.  The Iowa Pro Bono Honor roll is compiled from data provided by the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Legal Aid Society of Story County, the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Pro Bono Project of Scott County.  The Iowa Pro Bono Honor Roll recognizes attorneys who close one or more pro bono referral from July 2014 through June 2015.

August 29, 2015, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Matt J. Nagle, Amy L. Reasner, and Wilford H. Stone on their selections. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

August 29, 2015, we are pleased to announce that three attorneys from Lynch Dallas, P.C. have been selected to the 2015 Great Plains Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.  The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as in the Great Plains Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating Holly A. Corkery, Emily K. Ellingson, and Steven C. Leidinger on their nominations. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

August 5, 2015, Brett Nitzschke, Emily Ellingson, and Holly Corkery will attend the School Administrators of Iowa Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. 

July 29, 2015, Holly Corkery will speak on privacy and social media in the workplace to human resource managers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

July 29, 2015, Lynch Dallas, P.C. attorneys and staff are pleased to be volunteering with the 13th Annual Fish-O-Rama which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids. 

July 16, 2015, Patrick O'Connell, and Holly Corkery will speak on Emerging City Legal Issues: Police Body-Worn Cameras, Pitfalls, Policies, and the Public Interest at the Iowa City/County Management Association in Burlington, Iowa. 

July 7, 2015, Holly Corkery will speak on privacy and social media in the workplace to human resource managers in Burlington, Iowa.

June 30, 2015, Emily Ellingson has been selected to participate in the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s Leadership for Five Seasons program.  The program’s goal is to “empower and inspire diverse individuals to actively lead in shaping and enhancing our quality of life – supplying the community with informed, skilled leaders willing to serve as active volunteers.”  Ms. Ellingson was one of 35 individuals in the community selected to participate in the program for the upcoming year.  For more information on the program, please visit http://www.cedarrapids.org/Content/Regional-Development/Leadership-for-Five-Seasons.aspx.

June 15, 2015, Brett Nitzschke, Emily Ellingson, Holly Corkery will be presenting to the Policy, Mandates, & Legal Issues class at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on staff discipline, due process, staff evaluation, student conduct, social media, and student records. 

May 1, 2015, Wilford Stone, Pat O'Connell, Emily Ellingson, Steve Leidinger, and Holly Corkery assisted with the legal analysis and updating of the 2016 Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook (A guide for Iowa Mayors and Council Members), published by The University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs.

April 23, 2015, attorneys Wilford Stone, Amy Reasner and Emily Ellingson will speak on employment law issues at the 2015 Iowa Employment, Training, Benefits and Wellness Conference in Altoona, Iowa.

March 20, 2015, the public sector attorneys will speak to the Iowa Municipal Managers Institute in Coralville, Iowa, on “The top 5 things city administrators/managers should know about municipal law.”

March 12, 2015, attorneys Wilford Stone and Amy Reasner will present to the Iowa Association of Corporate Counsel- Eastern Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on the topics of “Dealing with difficult opposing counsel and several recent cases in Iowa” and “Conducting internal investigations.”

February 10, 2015, Brett Nitzschke, Emily Ellingson, and Holly Corkery will speak at the School Administrators of Iowa in Des Moines , Iowa, on technology issues in schools and open records and meetings law.

September 25, 2014, attorneys Patrick J. O’Connell and Steven C. Leidinger presented on the topic of “Discipline, Discharge and Due Process for Public Sector Employees” at the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa

August 6, 2014, the Lynch Dallas, P.C. public sector group attended the School Administrators of Iowa Conference in Des Moines.  The attorneys that attended include Brett S. Nitzschke, Amy L. Reasner, Wilford H. Stone, Emily K. Ellingson, and Holly A. Corkery. 

July 9, 2014. Attorney Holly A. Corkery presented at the Fundamentals of Employment Law seminar in Dubuque, Iowa sponsored by Sterling Educational Services.  Ms. Corkery spoke on the topic of Privacy and Social Medial in the Workplace, which includes issues concerning hiring, employee privacy, and off-the-job behavior.

July 8, 2014, Attorneys Wilford H. Stone, Patrick J. O’Connell, Emily K. Ellingson, and Holly A. Corkery presented at the Employment Law Beyond the Basics seminar in Burlington, Iowa sponsored by Sterling Educational Services. The attorneys spoke on a variety of current employment topics including Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disability Act issues, the NLRB’s expanding agenda, privacy and social media in the workplace, and best practices concerning termination of employees.

June 7, 2014, Attorney David L. Wenzel spoke at the Corridor Autism Resource Expo (C.A.R.E.) regarding Legal Planning for a Special Needs Child: Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships, and Conservatorships.