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Samuel E. Jones

Sam E. Jones, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Agribusiness Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Condemnation and Eminent Domain
  • Insurance Law
  • Media and Communications Law
  • Privacy, Data Security, and Civil Fraud

Admitted to Practice in

  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Contact Information

Samuel E. Jones
Attorney, Senior Vice President
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2359
Email: sej@shuttleworthlaw.com
Fax: (319) 365-8443

Samuel’s Assistant

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

About Samuel E. Jones

Sam Jones is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC. Sam tries cases to judges and juries. Sam represents individuals and businesses that are forced to go to court to protect their interests. As fewer and fewer cases actually go to trial, Sam has been privileged to develop a courtroom practice.

Sam represents a wide range of clients including multiple Fortune 50 Corporations, small businesses, professional service providers (doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, etc.), and individuals. Sam enjoys working with anyone who has been forced to go to Court to defend their rights.

Sam has developed an expertise in commercial litigation and construction law. Sam is regularly invited to present speeches to other lawyers about business and construction disputes and his expertise in that area allows him to provide quick, accurate, and economical answers to tough questions.

Education:

  • Grinnell College, B.A. History (with Honors) (2005)
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (with Distinction) (2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Construction, OSHA, and Anti-Trust Division)
  • Iowa Bar Association (Bridge the Gap Committee 2009-Present) (YLD Executive Council, 2010-2011) (YLD Membership Chair, 2012-2015)
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (Inducted 2017)
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) National Trial College (Completed 2012)
  • Dean Mason Ladd Inns of Court
  • Linn Law Club

Awards and Recognitions

  • Inducted into the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (2017)
  • Listed as a Great Plains Super Lawyer® Rising Stars— Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Client Review Rating
  • Leadership For Five Seasons (class of 2014)
  • Forty Under 40, Corridor Business Journal (class of 2017)

Community and Personal

  • Sam is married to his lovely wife Diana. Diana is a dentist in Cedar Rapids. Sam and Diana have two young children who they love very much.
  • In addition to his board service, Sam serves as a Best Buddy through the ARC of East Central Iowa.
  • Sam has also served as a volunteer coach for the Youth Metro Football Association.
  • Sam has enjoyed a lifelong love of football. He graduated from Grinnell College as one of the most decorated players in recent history. In addition to serving as team captain and starting all 40 games in his career, Sam was selected as All-Midwest Conference in four consecutive years. Sam was also named to Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-West Region Team. Finally, in his senior year Sam was named outstanding male athlete across all sports by the Grinnell College Athletic Department.

Board Service

  • Sam is Chair of the Iowa Legal Aid Eastern Iowa Advisory Board. Iowa Legal Aid’s mission is to provide legal counsel to Iowa’s indigent. In addition to his service on this Board, Sam is regularly recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court for his dedication to pro bono representation.
  • Sam serves as President of the Board for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter (Board Member – 2012 to Present). Willis Dady Emergency Shelter is dedicated to providing immediate shelter to homeless single men and families in a safe, clean and caring atmosphere that promotes progress toward ending the cycle of homelessness.
  • Sam was appointed to serve a three year term on the Iowa Landscape Architectural Examining Board by Governor Branstad. The board will be responsible for overseeing the administration of licensing tests and disciplinary actions against licensed landscape architects.
  • Sam serves as a board member for the Linn County Historical Society. Sam studied history at Grinnell College and has great enthusiasm and passion for learning from the past. The Linn County Historical Society operates the Linn County Museum and promotes historical scholarship in the Cedar Rapids area.
  • Sam serves as a board member for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, whose mission is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts.
  • Sam serves on the planning committee of the Iowa Bar Association Bridge the Gap Committee.

Speeches and Publications

  • “Iowa Small Claims Basics”, Nuts & Bolts Seminar, October 2014
  • “OSHA Basics”, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. Employment Law Client Seminar, October 2014
  • “Contractual Warranty Under Iowa Law and the AIA Form Contracts”, AIA Contracts, February 2014
  • “Construction Warranties”, Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Iowa: Understanding the Issues, July 2014
  • “Technology and Trial Presentation, Advanced Trial Tactics”, December 2013
  • “Construction Litigation”, ISBA Summer Seminar, July 2013
  • Co-Author: “Mechanics Liens Go Viral: Lessons from Iowa and Utah, Insurance Surety & Liens” (January 2013)
  • “Bad House Case Basics, A Starter’s Guide to Construction Law” Bridge the Gap, May 2012
  • “Antitrust Issue Spotting for the Iowa’s Lawyer” Bridge the Gap CLE, May 2011
  • “Iowa Antitrust Law” ISBA YLD Summer Seminar, June 2011
  • Journal of Gender Race and Justice – Articles Editor (2007-2008)
  • Author: “Much Ado About Nothing: The Significance of Benitez v. North Coast” 11 Journal of Gender, Race and Justice (Winter 2008)
  • Contributor: The Governing Board for Iowa Charitable Non-Profits (2nd ed.)

Representative Work/Cases

Sam’s commercial litigation practice includes:

  • Sam regularly represents both large and small businesses in commercial disputes with other companies. This representation comes in a wide range of topics including personal injury, contract disputes, and business torts. Sam’s clients range from single person business to the largest private company in the world.

Sam’s product liability practice includes:

  • Defending against claims regarding personal injuries, sickness, and death, allegedly caused by products manufactured by Sam’s clients.
  • Representing agribusiness clients litigation concerning alleged product defects that caused crop or herd losses.
  • Defending clients who are alleged to have provided inadequate warnings related to their products.
  • Pursuing Daubert motions to eliminate or limit product liability claims lodged against his clients.

Sam’s construction practice includes:

  • Defending construction industry members who have been named as defendants in lawsuits.
  • Working with engineers and architects who have been accused of professional negligence.
  • Assisting property owners who have been damaged as a result of faulty construction or design.
  • Representing contractors who have been unable to collect payments owed to them.

Sam’s OSHA practice includes:

  • Assisting clients on a wide range of inquiries regarding compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). This work covers a wide range of industries, including, but not limited to manufacturing, agricultural, and construction.  Sam is qualified to offer guidance on both the Iowa OSH Act and Federal OSHA law.
  • Representing clients during OSHA inspections. Sam is one of only a handful of attorneys in Eastern Iowa who have participated in multiple OSHA investigations in the immediate aftermath of a workplace fatality.
  • Representing employers following notice of an OSHA complaint or OSHA citation.

Sam’s real estate litigation practice includes:

  • Defending home inspectors, appraisers, and sellers in actions brought by homeowners.
  • Representing property owners in boundary line disputes.
  • Assisting landowners who do not have access to their property. Iowa law permits landlocked property owners to obtain a right of access to their property; however, obtaining that private right of access is complicated and can be very expensive. Sam’s experience in this area of the law allows clients to pursue their rights for less cost than would otherwise be possible.
  • Defending and initiating nuisance actions regarding a neighbor’s wrongful use of a property owner’s land.

Sam’s insurance defense work includes:

  • Successfully representing clients who are alleged to have acted negligently in a broad range of cases. Sam is capable of assessing the validity of a claim, forming a clear strategy, and where possible, moving to have meritless claims dismissed.
  • Conducting legal research to provide clear answers to difficult questions regarding a wide spectrum of legal and factual issues.
  • Pursuing the subrogation rights of companies who have been forced to expend their own resources where an accident resulted from the fault of another.

Sam’s personal injury practice includes:

  • Negotiation of quick and fair settlements where possible.
  • Meeting with would-be clients early on so that the strengths and weaknesses of a case can be fully analyzed.
  • Pursuing an action to verdict where a defendant is not willing to settle for a fair amount.

Sam also has experience assisting clients on a wide spectrum of unusual and specific legal issues.This work includes:

  • Assisting energy providers in navigating complex state and federal regulatory issues.
  • Advising clients on a variety of antitrust issues. This work includes:
    • Advising clients regarding what types of information can be shared with suppliers, customers and competitors.
    • Reviewing pricing structures to confirm that a client has not inadvertently violated an antitrust principle.
  • Sam has regularly presented speeches to other Iowa lawyers regarding antitrust law.

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Ensuring the safety of your workers is one of your company’s foremost concerns. Unfortunately, even the most conscientious employers with the best safety plans sometimes cannot prevent injuries from happening. Watching a colleague hurt himself at work is a difficult and unpleasant experience. Dealing with the legal repercussions of that event can also be confusing or frustrating.

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The Iowa Court of Appeals in Security Nation Bank v American Piping, 213 WL 2145763 (Iowa App. May 15, 2013) recently provided some additional guidance regarding the liability of a general contractor for the torts of a subcontractor. As noted by the court in that case, “in Iowa, the general rule is the employer of an independent contractor is not liable for physical harm caused to another by an act or omission of the contractor for his service.” Id. at *2. There are a number of exceptions to this general rule; however, Security National Bank focuses on cases where “a contract imposes responsibility on the general contractor for the safety of the employees of the subcontractor.” Id. In such cases, the general contractor is liable for the torts of its subcontractors because the general contractor is deemed to have a non-delegable duty. Id.

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