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Dana L. Oxley

Dana L. Oxley, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation

Contact Information

Dana L. Oxley
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2211
Fax: (319) 365-8443

Dana’s Assistant

Name: Paula M. Pohlpeter
Phone: (319) 365-9461

About Dana L. Oxley

Dana Oxley is Counsel at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC.  Dana started her professional career as a credit union examiner for the State of Iowa Credit Union Division before attending law school.  Following law school, Dana clerked for the Honorable David R. Hansen on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for a one-year term from 1998 to 1999.  Dana joined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll and practiced for a year and a half before returning to clerk as a career clerk for Judge Hansen in 2001.  Dana also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research between 2007 and 2011.  Dana rejoined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in May 2011, bringing with her ten years of federal appellate experience.

Dana uses her writing and research experience in motion work and appellate work.


  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A. Accounting (1990)
  • Certified Public Accountant (1990)
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (with highest distinction, Order of the Coif 1998)
  • Journal of Corporation Law, Articles Editor (1997-1998)

Professional Affiliations

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section board member (2008-present)
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, board member (2007-present), President
  • Linn County Bar Association, member
  • Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court, member (2002-2004)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® – Appellate Law

Community and Personal

  • Trinity Lutheran School Board (past chair) (2007-present)
  • Treasurer, Timber Ridge Pony Club (2008-present)

Recent News Updates

From the Desk of Dana L. Oxley

Iowa Supreme Court

Brewer-Strong v. HNI Corporation

Employer’s right to control medical care after initially denying liability for workers’ compensation claim and standard for reimbursement of, and healing period benefits following, employee’s receipt of unauthorized care.

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Iowa Supreme Court

Bandstra v. Covenant Reformed Church

Tort liability of church related to response to allegations of sexual abuse by pastor under Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, including qualified privilege for allegedly defamatory statements made by church elders.

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Considering Healthcare Costs to Weather an Economic Downturn in Your Business Might Expose You to Age Discrimination Charges

Businesses Beware: Considering Healthcare Costs to Weather an Economic Downturn in Your Business Might Expose You to Age Discrimination Charges

As healthcare costs continue to rise, businesses naturally shop around for the best healthcare rates. Shopping insurance rates requires the employer to provide the demographics of its workforce, particularly their ages. When those considerations coincide with other efforts to cut costs, such as reducing the workforce, businesses should be especially careful not to leave the impression that the healthcare premiums play any role at all in deciding which employees get the pink slip. In other words, if your business is considering terminating employees, as part of a reduction in force or just as a matter of everyday life dealing with employees, and happens to also be shopping insurance rates—not an uncommon scenario facing a struggling business—be especially careful in documenting the basis for any terminations. This is especially true if any of the affected employees are over age 40 and protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or the ADEA.

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