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Laurie L. Dawley

Laurie L. Dawley, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Startups and Innovators

Contact Information

Laurie L. Dawley
Attorney, Senior Vice President
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2371
Fax: (319) 365-8443
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Laurie’s Assistant

Name: Lisa M. Starn
Phone: (319) 731-2325

About Laurie L. Dawley

Laurie L. Dawley is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll. Her work focuses on business law, banking and finance law, real estate law, and mergers and acquisitions. She serves on the Firm’s board of directors and is past chair of the Firm’s business practice group and associate/recruiting committee.

Laurie has represented numerous individuals, banks and financial institutions, agricultural and commercial real estate owners and developers, nonprofit corporations, and closely-held businesses and their owners. She has experience conducting farmland auctions and managing large foreclosure actions involving numerous residential and commercial properties.

Laurie is proud to have worked with a local nonprofit organization to obtain its tax exempt status to further its mission of supporting Iowa’s women business owners.

Growing up on a farm in Northeast Iowa and married to a grain and cattle farmer, Laurie is passionate about the importance of agriculture to Iowa’s businesses, economy, and overall quality of life.

Representative Cases and Work

Business law:

  • Preparing, negotiating, and reviewing a variety of business contracts
  • Working with clients to choose and form the appropriate business entity (e.g. corporation, limited liability company, partnership) and assisting clients with operational, planning, and governance matters
  • Preparing buy-sell agreements

Banking and finance law:

  • Working with lenders to document complex secured loan transactions and intercreditor agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing a variety of workout documents such as voluntary surrender documents, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, nonjudicial voluntary foreclosure documents, and forbearance agreements that help maximize recovery and minimize legal costs
  • Judicially enforce lender’s rights and remedies through mortgage foreclosure and receivership actions and replevin actions
  • Reviewing loan and collateral documents and preparing enforceability opinion letters
  • Working with borrowers to understand complex loan transactions including refinancings and modifications

Real estate law:

  • Negotiating and preparing documents for the purchase, sale, lease, and development of farmland, commercial, and residential real estate
  • Drafting easements, options, rights of first refusal, and related documents
  • Forming condominium and residential housing cooperative regimes, assisting with the purchase or sale of such regimes, and structuring the condominium or cooperative loan
  • Assisting clients with 1031 tax deferred exchanges
  • Examining abstracts, handling title matters, and conducting closings

Mergers and acquisitions:

  • Negotiating and preparing agreements for the sale or purchase of a business (asset or stock) including without limitation drafting confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, and purchase and sale agreements
  • Assisting clients with the due diligence process and coordinating the closing


  • Wartburg College, B.A. Political Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in Management (summa cum laude) (1995)
  • University of Iowa, J.D. (with high distinction) (1998)
    • Journal of Corporation Law–Articles Editor (1997-1998)
    • Author: “The Continuing Debate Regarding the Lease Versus Disguised Security Interest Issue: Did the Edison Court Correctly Find a True Lease?” 24 Journal of Corporation Law 169 (Fall 1998)

Professional Affiliations

  • Iowa Real Estate Commission (2003-2012)
  • Iowa Title Guaranty Fund
  • American Bar Association (Member of Business Law, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Sections)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Member of Business Law, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law, Real Estate and Title Law Sections)
  • Linn County Bar Association

Awards and Recognitions

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America® – Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law
  • Listed as a Great Plains Super Lawyer® – Real Estate, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Waypoint Tribute to Women of Achievement Honoree (2008)
  • Corridor Business Journal Forty under 40 Honoree (2007)
  • Leadership for Five Seasons (Class of 2002)
  • Bankruptcy Extern to the Honorable Paul J. Kilburg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Iowa (1998 Spring Semester)

Community and Personal

  • College Community School Improvement Advisory Committee (2013 to present)
  • Prairie School Foundation Advisory Committee (2016 to present)
  • Cedar Rapids Country Club (Board of Directors, 2014 to present)
  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Inc. (Board of Trustees)
  • The Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Risk Management Association (Board of Directors, 2012 to present)
  • Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary member (Board of Directors, 2013 to 2016)
  • Iowa Legal Aid (Volunteer Attorney)
  • United Way of East Central Iowa (past steering committee member for the Women’s Leadership Initiative)
  • Affordable Housing Network, Inc. (Board Member, 2007-2012)
  • American Cancer Society, Linn County (Board Member, 2003-2009)
  • Freedom Festival (Board Member, 1999-2002)

Speeches and Publications

  • 2012 – Statutory Liens: Obtaining, Protecting and Defending (Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association seminar)
  • 2010 – Multi-Family Residential Legal Issues:  Residential Cooperative Formation and Structuring the Cooperative Loan (Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. client seminar)
  • 2006 – Choice of Entity (Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Professional Development Committee Nuts & Bolts seminar)
  • 2005 – Liens and Credit Issues in Bankruptcy (National Business Institute seminar)
  • 2005 – Creditor Rights under the New Bankruptcy Act (Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. client seminar)
  • 2003 – Advanced Collection Law in Iowa – Creditor’s Options upon Default (Lorman Education Services seminar)
  • 2001 – Commercial Lease Drafting and Negotiating and Selected Bankruptcy Issues (Lorman Education Services seminar)

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