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Suite 580
125 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa52240-5678

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Phone: 319-887-3688
E-mail: jhayes@hlplc.com
Fax: 319-887-3687
Web site: http://www.hlplc.com

PositionAreas of PracticeEducation

I was raised on a farm near Forest City, Iowa, graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and then from the University of Iowa College of Law.  My first job out of law school was as Iowa Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety and then as the first Director of the Iowa Crime Commission.  I was a candidate for State Attorney General, then began trial practice with the Meardon Law Firm in Iowa City. 

In my first major trial, I represented a young and very talented basketball player at the University of Iowa, James Speed, who was blinded because of medical neglect.  Since then, medical malpractice has been my special area of interest.  As a part of my practice for about two decades, I also negotiated contracts and represented college athletes who became professionals in football, basketball and baseball after completing college. 

Karen Lorenzen and I formed our own law firm, Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers PLC in 1999 and we have grown to the five lawyers now with our firm.  In our state-wide practice, we handle a wide range of personal injury cases involving medical neglect, vehicular accidents, fires, industrial accidents, product failures – any kind of cases where people are badly injured, such as brain injuries and major physical disabilities.

We are proud of the service we provide to the citizens of Iowa.  All of our lawyers are actively involved in the profession, in our community and in our state. 

Current Employment Position(s):
Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law -- Plaintiff
Bar Admissions:
Iowa, 1964
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1972
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1964

Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1960
Major: History

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Guest Lecturer, Medical Jurisprudence, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1974 - 1990

Guest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice and Sports Law, University of Iowa College of Law, 1975 - 1995

Speaker, Numerous Trial Lawyer and Physician Seminars

Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers in America, 1989-Present

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1990-Present

Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1985-Present

Iowa State Chair, 2002 - 2004

President, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American College of Trial Lawyers, 1990 - Present

Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991 - Present
Board of Governors

Iowa State Chair, 2002 - 2004

Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993 - 1994

Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994 - 1995

Iowa State Bar Association, Section on Professionalism
Past Member

Iowa State Bar Association, Section on Professionalism, 1989 - 1990
Vice Chair

Iowa State Bar Association, 1964

Iowa State Bar Association, Section on Litigation

Iowa State Bar Association, Section on Litigation, 1990 - 1992
Past Council Member

Iowa State Bar Association, Health Law Section

Iowa State Bar Association
Past Council Member, Health Law Council

American Bar Association, 1964

Johnson County Bar Association, 1999 - 2000

Johnson County Bar Association, 1969

Johnson County Bar Association
Past Member, Grievance Committee

American Association of Justice, 1970

Iowa Association of Justice, 1970

Iowa Association of Justice, 1981 - 1987
Board of Governors

American Society of Law and Medicine
Past Member

Mason Ladd Inn of Court
Past Member

Assisted Governor Chet Culver in appointing Judicial Commissioners and Vetting Judges
Outside Lawyer Reviewer

Judicial Retention 2010 and 2012 Committees, "Fair Courts Are Us"

Past Employment Positions:
Iowa Department of Public Safety, Deputy Commissioner, 1964 - 1967

Iowa Crime Commission, Director, 1967 - 1968

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, Associate, 1969 - 1972

Meardon, Sueppel, Downer & Hayes, Partner, 1972 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities:
President, Members Council, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 2004 - 2006
Member, Advisory Board, University of Iowa Museum of Arts, 2006 - Present
President, Advisory Board, University of Iowa Museum of Arts, 2012 - 2014
Past Member, Board of Directors, University Athletic Club
Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Historic Preservation, 2000 - Present
Member, President's Club, University of Iowa Past Member of Development Council
Member, Advisory Board, REACH (Realizing Education and Career Hopes) at University of Iowa, 2008 - Present
Member, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, 2012 - Present
Board of Directors, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, 2013 - Present
Member, Board of Directors, I CAN READ, 2006 - 2010
Member, Iowa Arts Council, 2007 - 2013
Member, Johnson County I Club
Candidate for State Attorney General, 1968
Chair, Johnson County Democratic Party, 1970 - 1974
Past Member, Johnson County Regional Planning Commission, 1970 - 1975
Past Member, Iowa City Historic Commission, 1980 - 1984
Past Member, American Association of Representatives of Professional Athletes, 1975 - 1987
Past Member, Development Council, Loras College
Phi Delta Phi

Case Summaries

James R. Speed v. State of Iowa, 240 N.W.2d 901 (1976), changed medical malpractice law in the state of Iowa as it had been known.
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8/27/13 Hayes Lorenzen partner Karen Lorenzen honored by inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

8/14/13 Hayes Lorenzen again named a “Tier 1 Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report. See More.

7/1/12 James Hayes and Karen Lorenzen named a Benchmark Plaintiff "Local Litigation Star".

7/1/12 Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers named a Benchmark Plaintiff "Highly Recommended" Plaintiffs' firm.

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