Committed to Excellence

Over 35 years of experience

Clients come to Steve Eckley because of his experience, his reputation for courtroom success, and his role as a leader of Iowa’s lawyers. When you become his client, whether your legal matter is big or small, you become his friend.

666 Walnut Street Suite 2308, Des Moines, IA 50309
experience Counts

As a trial attorney, Steve has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in a wide variety of cases, including business disputes, insurance, construction, property damage, and personal injuries.

Reputation is Earned

Steve has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and an Iowa Super Lawyer. His fellow attorneys have elected him to serve as President of both the 2000-member Polk County Bar Association and the 8000-member Iowa State Bar Association.

Defining success

Steve enjoys advising clients with respect to the avoidance of litigation as much as representing them when litigation becomes necessary. While always ready to go to trial, he has negotiated hundreds of favorable settlements for clients who chose to resolve their differences out of court.

practice areas

Civil Litigation

The legal process by which a person or business seeks to recover money or performance from another party. The attorney should have experience in all phases of civil litigation, including initial assessment, investigation, pleadings, discovery, pretrial proceedings, potential settlement or trial, and appeal.

Business /Commercial Litigation

Encompasses the many types of disputes that can arise in the business context, such as breach of contract, disagreements among partners, business torts, intellectual property claims, physical property damage, and shareholder rights.

Insurance Coverage Law

Includes analysis of insurance policies and judicial decisions to evaluate whether coverage is owed, negotiations between insurance companies and policyholders, and if necessary litigation to determine the parties’ rights and obligations.

Money bag

Construction Litigation

Involves the representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other construction professionals in legal matters such as contract disputes, construction defects and delays, workmanship issues, construction liens, and bond claims.

Professional Negligence

Breach of the duty of care between professionals and their clients. The duty of care is usually defined by the standards followed by other professionals in the same community. Professional negligence is commonly referred to as malpractice.

Personal Injury and Property Damage Litigation

Claims, often based on negligence, seeking compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, loss of consortium and services, wrongful death, replacement or repair cost, reduction in value, lost profits, and loss of use.

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