Thursday Networking Lunch


Exponent is a global engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to address complex issues facing industry and government today. For over 50 years, Exponent has provided engineering, scientific, environmental and health consulting services to corporations, insurance carriers, government agencies, law firms, and individuals. The firm is best known for analyzing accidents and failures to determine their causes, as well as assisting clients with human health, environmental, engineering and regulatory issues associated with new products or processes to help prevent problems in the future.


As a direct writer of professional liability insurance, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, (MLM) is committed to providing stable malpractice coverage and practice management services to the Iowa legal community. MLM’s Defense Program offers an enhanced lawyers’ professional liability policy specially designed and rated for defense firms including preferred pricing and individual premium discounts for members of the IDCA.

Wednesday Welcoming Reception

In business since 1909, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company provides personal and commercial insurance products through more than 1,700 independent agents in 12 states. With more than $700 million in total written premium, the company is the 111th largest property and casualty carrier in the United States and the nation's largest reinsurer of farm mutual companies. Grinnell Mutual’s strength and stability are built from the personal service we provide to our customers. Visit www.grinnellmutual.com to learn more about Grinnell Mutual. 


Friday Session

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality, balanced and excellent service to their clients and corporations. DRI is host to 29 substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice. DRI provides access to resources and tools to grow your practice - members can search a database of more than 65,000 experts, attend renowned CLE seminars, conferences and webcasts, network with 20,000+ like-minded defense practitioners and more. DRI has served the defense bar for more than 50 years and focuses on five main goals: 

Education: To teach and educate and to improve the skills of the defense law practitioner 
Justice: To strive for improvement in the civil justice system 
Balance: To be a counterpoint to the plaintiff's bar and seek balance in the justice system in the minds of potential jurors and on all fields where disputes are resolved 
Economics: To assist members in dealing with the economic realities of the defense law practice, including the competitive legal marketplace 
Professionalism and Service: To urge members to practice ethically and responsibly, keeping in mind the lawyer's responsibilities that go beyond the interest of the client to the good of American society as a whole 


Sponsor - Power Hour
DavisBrown Law Firm


Wednesday & Thursday Hospitality Suites

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm with expertise in construction, environmental health & safety, forensic accounting, water & fire restoration, equipment, and forensic architecture & engineering matters. J.S. Held brings together years of unrivaled technical expertise and unparalleled service to deliver reliable, comprehensive solutions to its clients.  

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A powerful resource in litigation for nearly 50 years, S-E-A is a multi-disciplined forensic engineering, fire investigation, and visualization services company specializing in failure analysis. S-E-A's full-time staff offers a complete investigative service including: mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, civil, and materials engineering, as well as fire investigation, industrial hygiene services, visualization services and a fully equipped chemical laboratory. 800-782-6851 www.SEAlimited.com

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Established in 1966 and located in Ames, Iowa, Wandling Engineering provides consulting and forensic services nationwide. Our primary focus is in mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering. We assist clients through field investigation, accident reconstruction, product design analysis, and failure analysis and we provide expert testimony in state and federal courts.


Whitfield & Eddy Law

Thursday Morning Coffee Station

Thursday Morning Coffee Station
Betty, Neuman & McMahon

Thursday Audio-Visual

HARBINGER offers various jury consulting services including focus groups, mock juries and shadow juries to ensure that your trial presentation is as persuasive and effective as possible. HARBINGER also offers trial consulting services aided by evaluation(s) of mock juries by retired judge(s) and/or justice(s) from state and/or federal trial and appellate courts.

Thursday Afternoon Break
Harrison, Moreland, Webber, Simplot & Maxwell PC


NHI (also known as National Healthcare Innovations) is a medical-legal, educational, and clinical consulting firm. NHI is headed by Dr. Carol White, a doctoral-prepared adult and geriatric nurse practitioner who is a well-known educational seminar speaker and medical-legal expert throughout the country. Dr. White is triple board certified as an adult practitioner, geriatric nurse practitioner, and nurse life care planner. She continues to clinically practice in a long-term care and outpatient settings and educates nurses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing setting. Aside from Dr. White’s expert witness services to plaintiff and defense attorneys, NHI also has a Paralegal Support Services division, that provides paralegal support and medical records summaries. Please visit our booth for more info!

RedMed Casualty Consulting


Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Friday Morning Coffee Break

With over 100 years of combined experience, Skogen Engineering Group, Inc. is an excellent choice for experts in the area of accident reconstruction analyses.  Their services include motor vehicle accident reconstruction, vehicle defect analysis, crash data recorder systems (CDR), heavy truck ECM imaging, product liability, farm and industry accidents, computer simulations, environmental analysis, HVAC, CO analysis and structural failure analysis, just to name a few and currently, they have been flying a drone throughout the accident site area.  They are conveniently located in Madison, Wisconsin and look forward to working with you on your accident reconstruction needs. HARBINGER offers various jury consulting services including focus groups, mock juries and shadow juries to ensure that your trial presentation is as persuasive and effective as possible. HARBINGER also offers trial consulting services aided by evaluation(s) of mock juries by retired judge(s) and/or justice(s) from state and/or federal trial and appellate courts.

Friday Audio-Visual
Woodke & Gibbons, P.C.

Firm Sponsors
Bradshaw Law Firm 
Elverson Vasey Law
Heidman Law Firm
Hopkins & Huebner PC
Lane & Waterman LLP
Lederer Weston Craig, PLC
National Healthcare Innovations 
Nyemaster Goode PC
O’Connor & Thomas, P.C. 
Peddicord Wharton LLP
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC
Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP
Swisher & Cohrt PLC

Supporter Sponsors
Miller Pearson Gloe Burns Beatty & Parrish, PLC
Bruce Walker (Personal)