Jean Pendleton

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Location:
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone:
515-222-9111
888-340-8147
Fax:
515-243-0299
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Jean Pendleton is an attorney who has been practicing law state-wide since 1989 and practices primarily in trial law. Jean is a member in good standing of The American Trial Lawyers Association and has met the standard of excellence for selection to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.Jean graduated magna cum laude from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and third in her class from University of South Dakota School of Law. In addition, Jean was a Thomas Sterling Honor Society recipient, signifying her rank in the top 10% of her law school class, and received the Order of Barristers Advocacy Award.

Upon graduation from law school in 1988, Jean clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice Jerry L. Larson. Since then, Jean has been privileged to practice with the Nyemaster Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa; Charnetski, Olsen, Lacina & Pendleton in Grinnell, Iowa; and most recently, Pingel & Templer, P.C. in West Des Moines. She founded Pendleton Law Firm, P.C. in 2003, and is privileged to practice law with Nicholas Herbold, her son.

Jean is proud to be a fourth-generation attorney in the State of Iowa. Her great-grandfather, Isaac Pendleton, was one of the pioneer settlers of Northwest Iowa and practiced law in Sioux City from 1858 until his death in 1896. He also served as an early Iowa district court judge, shortly after Iowa's attainment of statehood. Jean's grandfather, Edmund Pendleton, was also a well-known attorney in Sioux City for many years. Jean's father, Donald M. Pendleton, joined his father Edmund in the practice of law in 1940, and was appointed district court judge in the Third Judicial District of Iowa in 1965, serving in that capacity until his retirement from the bench in 1982.

Areas of Practice

  • Practicing Primarily in Litigation
  • Practicing in the Field of Trial Law
  • General Practice including but not limited to:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights & Discrimination
  • Domestic Relations Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Class Rank: 3
    • Honors: Thomas Sterling Honor Society (Top 10% of Class Rank)
    • Honors: The Order of Barristers
    • Honors: International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award
    • Honors: West Publishing Company Award
    • Honors: The Indian Law Award
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant in Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy: 1986-87
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Fraternity
    • Honors: The Justice Frank Biegelmeier Award
    • Honors: Levi B. French, W.W. French, and Louis B. French Memorial Scholarship:87-88
    • Honors: Dean Marshall, Alice and Francis McKusick Law Scholarship: 1986-87
    • Honors: Ruth and Lloyd Moses Scholarship: 1985-86
    • Law Review: University of South Dakota School of Law Review, Staff
  • Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
    • B.S. magna cum laude - 1982
    • Honors: Dean's List, All Semesters
    • Honors: Margaret Coleman Crary English Scholarship
    • Honors: Gertrude and Montford Knepper Award in English
    • Honors: Delta Kappa Gamma Education Scholarship
    • Honors: Zeta Sigma Honor Society
    • Major: English
    • Minor: History

Published Works

  • Iowa Mutual Insurance Co. v. LaPlante and Diversity Jurisdiction, Indian Country: What If No Forum Exists, 33 S.D. L.Rev. 528, 1988

Classes/Seminars

  • "Promoting Diversity in the Workplace", Manatt's, Inc. Supervisors Seminar, Brooklyn, Iowa, March 11, 2010
  • Lecturer, Sexual Harassment, Associated General Contractors Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 2006
  • Lecturer, Sensitivity in the Workplace: Paradigm of Fairness and Reasonableness, Iowa Ready Mixed Association Annual Convention, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 2004
  • Lecturer, Practice Pointers: Federal Rules and Procedure You Need to Know, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 2002
  • Lecturer, Family Law in Iowa, National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, 2002
  • Lecturer, Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2000
  • Lecturer, Rapid Fire Seminar, 1999
  • Lecturer, Family Law in Iowa, National Business Institute, Des Moines, Iowa, 1997
  • Lecturer, Now That I Have Impairment Ratings and Permanent Restrictions, How Do I Evaluate Disability In Body As A Whole Cases?, Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, Inc., 1997
  • Lecturer, Women's Financial Information Program - Level 2, Probate & Wills, Iowa State University of Science and Technology/University Extension, Grinnell, Iowa, 1997
  • Lecturer, Legal Issues: Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Iowa State University Extension/American Association of Retired Persons, Grinnell, Iowa, Women's Financial Information Program, 1996
  • Lecturer, Proving Claims Involving the Respiratory System, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc., West Des, Moines, Iowa, 1995
  • Faculty, Preserving the Record at Depositions, Joint Trial Advocacy College, Iowa City, Iowa, 1995
  • Lecturer, Hiring Practices for the Discriminatory Employer, Council on Education in Management, Des Moines, Iowa, 1994
  • Lecturer, Managing Leaves of Absence & Controlling Fraud, Council on Education in Management, Des Moines, Iowa, 1994
  • Lecturer, Council on Education in Management, Des Moines, Iowa, Plaintiff's Lawyer Speaks Out: Employers, How I Will Use Your Policy Manual Against You!, 1993
  • Lecturer, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, Iowa, Preparing the Claimant for Deposition
  • Lecturer, Occupational Disease Law: Claimant's Perspective, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc., Des Moines, 1992
  • Lecturer, Workers' Compensation: Efforts to Save the System, Iowa State Bar Association, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1992
  • Lecturer, Recognizing Occupational Disease and Second Injury Fund Claims, Iowa State Bar Association 119th Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 1992
  • Lecturer, Civic, Church, School, Social and Other Groups
  • Lecturer, Now That I Have Impairment Ratings and Permanent Restrictions, How Do I Evaluate Disability In Body As A Whole Cases?, Workers' Compensation Symposium, Des Moines, Iowa, 1977
  • Lecturer, Demand Letters: Pay Me Now or Fight Me Later, Iowa Association for Justice, 2009
  • Lecturer, Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation, Manatt's, Inc. Supervisors Seminar, Brooklyn, Iowa, 2008 - 2010
  • Lecturer, The Ethics of Investigations, NELA Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, 2010
  • Lecturer, Iowa Nurse Practitioners Society, Employee Rights Regarding Healthcare Services, FMLA and Workers Compensation, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2008 - 2010
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1999 - 2002
  • Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation
  • Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Chair, 1995
  • Kiwanis Club, President, 1992 - 1993
  • United Way Board of Grinnell
  • Methodist Foundation Board
  • Methodist Staff/Parish Relations Board
  • Iowa Peace Institute/Grinnell High School Scholarship Board
  • Grinnell Community Day Care Board
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2010 - Present
  • Iowa Association Justice in Deed Project, September, 2010
  • Ashworth Road Baptist Church Personnel Committee, 2007 - 2010
  • National Employment Law Association, 2009 - Present
  • Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, 2009 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Pingel & Templer, P.C., West Des Moines, Iowa, Shareholder, 1999 - 2000
  • Charnetski, Olson, Lacina, Pendleton & Garland, L.L.P., Partner, 1989 - 1999
  • Nyemaster, Goode, Voigts, West, Hansell, & O'Brien, P.C., Associate, 1989
  • Justice J.L. Larson, Iowa Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989