Joan Fletcher

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Joan M. Fletcher







699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Joan Fletcher practices primarily in litigation. She is co-chair of the litigation section and has significant experience in state and federal courts with complex commercial  litigation as well as employment litigation, including matters involving non-compete and trade secret litigation. In addition, Joan focuses on insurance coverage opinions and insurance defense litigation. For nearly 15 years, she has represented numerous clients in Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) defense and consultation.

Joan has earned an AV rating from her peers in Martindale-Hubbell, a professional designation of high legal ability and a very high adherence to the professional standards of conduct and ethics. She has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Labor & Employment. Joan has also been selected for inclusion in the Iowa Super Lawyers list published by Great Plains Super Lawyers magazine. She is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America™ and a member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Joan has authored the Iowa chapter in Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide (Aspen Publishers) from 2007 through 2016. She also authored Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete: A State-by-State Compendium (Defense Research Institute, 2008), as well as numerous other articles on litigation- and OSHA-related topics.

Currently Joan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and serves as secretary and general counsel for the organization. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Agency Board of Children & Families of Iowa, including serving as president of the Agency Board in 2005-2006.

Joan is a 1989 graduate of Drake University Law School and a member of the Order of the Coif.

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