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John M. Bickel

John M. Bickel

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John M. Bickel
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2363
Fax: (319) 365-8443

John’s Assistant

Name: Jan C. Ellickson
Phone: (319) 731-2363

About John M. Bickel

John Bickel is a retired attorney whose practice focused primarily on media law, civil litigation, construction law, mediation, workers’ compensation, and professional liability.

John regularly represented media, construction and design clients and businesses in civil litigation. He has and extensive background in trial work as well as an appellate practice.

John is regarded as a skilled mediator in civil litigation, workers’ compensation, construction and design disputes and commercial litigation. He has experience with maritime law and holds a 100 ton Inland Masters License issued by the United States Coast Guard.


  • University of Colorado
  • Cornell College, B.A. Economics (1966)
  • Florida State University, J.D. (with honors) (1969)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board Representative 2000-present) (Iowa Chairman-1999) (Charter Member, Iowa) (Chairman of Editorial Board for publication titled VOIR DIRE– present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, Iowa Chairman 1998-1999)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • American Judicature Society (Director 1980-1982)
  • Advisory Committee to the Iowa Industrial Commission (1981-present) (President 1992-1993)
  • Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys (Co-Founder) (Board Member 1981-present, past Chair)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Uniform Court Instructions Committee 1987-1992) (Cost of Litigation Committee 1981-1984, Chairman 1983-1984) (Scope and Correlation Committee 1979-1981) (Recipient of Award of Merit for Outstanding Lawyer-1981) (Board of Directors 1977-1979) (President, Young Lawyers Division-1979) (Federal Practice Committee 1978-1980)
  • Linn County Bar Association (Board of Directors 1974-1986) (Treasurer 1975-1986)
  • Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court (Emeritus)
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Awards and Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. Rating “AV”
  • Listed in Chambers USA®, America’s Leading Lawyers for Litigation: General Commercial
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America®–Administrative / Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – First Amendment, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Named Cedar Rapids “Lawyer of the Year” Workers’ Compensation Law (2011) by Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed as a Great Plains Super Lawyer®- Workers’ Compensation, Civil Litigation Defense, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses

Community and Personal

  • Iowa Department of Economic Development (Board of Directors 2008-2012)
  • United Way of East Central Iowa (Co-Chair of 2007 Campaign) (Chair of 2008 Campaign) (Board of Directors 2006-present)
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Board of Directors 2007-2012)
  • National Rivers Hall of Fame (President 2006-present) (Board of Directors 1998-present)
  • Dubuque County Historical Society (Board of Directors 2007-present)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Iowa (Board of Directors 1987-1999, 2003-present)
  • Junior Achievement of East Central Iowa, Inc. (Trustee 2000-present) (Board of Directors 1997-1999) (Trustee Board Chair 2012-present)
  • Cornell College (Trustee 1981-1990, 1992-2007, 2009-present) (Executive Committee, V.P. Business Affairs 1987-1990, 1998-2004) (Audit Committee 2000-present)
  • Cedar Rapids Symphony (President 2001-2003) (Board of Directors 1991-2004)
  • Horizons (Trustee 1991-present)
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Trustee 1991-2005) (Director 1975-1984)
  • Cedar Rapids Symphony Foundation (Trustee 2001-present)
  • Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary (President 2004-2005) (Director 2000-2006)

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