About The Firm
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a general practice law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Our attorneys provide a full range of legal and business counseling services to a client base that includes large corporations, small businesses, governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations with interests in Iowa.
Dickinson attorneys and staff members have a strong commitment to professional excellence and integrity. We have established long-lasting relationships of trust and confidence with our clients by providing careful legal advice and dedicated service, and we have consistently invested in technologies that allow our attorneys to be more efficient, more effective, and more accessible to clients.
Our success as a firm is a reflection of our commitment to client service and our focus on achieving the best results possible in a cost-effective manner. We consider ourselves teammates in the interest of our clients’ success. Ultimately, our goal is to provide legal services and counseling which enhance the reputation of both the client and the attorney involved.
Best Law Firms
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. has been ranked by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as a “Best Law Firm” in 19 practice areas for 2022. The list recognizes firms who exhibit professional excellence with impressive ratings from their clients and peers. Ranked firms are presented in tiers on a national and/or metropolitan scale.
Metropolitan Tier 1
Banking and Finance Law
Employment Law – Management
Financial Services Regulation Law
Labor Law – Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
Litigation - Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Metropolitan Tier 2
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Nonprofit / Charities Law
Metropolitan Tier 3
22 Dickinson Law attorneys have been ranked in the 2022 U.S. News - Best Lawyers list regionally in 19 practice areas. Each year only one lawyer in a given practice area and the metropolitan region is chosen as Lawyer of the Year. For 2022, four Dickinson attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers® as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of law in Des Moines:
- F. Richard Lyford – Appellate Practice
- Richard Malm – Corporate Governance Law
- David Repp – Tax Law
- Melissa Schilling – Litigation – Labor and Employment Law
In addition, three attorneys were recognized in the second annual 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list for attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice:
- Grace Bogart – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Data Security
- Cody J. Edwards - Litigation and Controversy - Tax and Tax Law
- Regan Wilson - Family Law
Fourteen Dickinson attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was ranked in every area of law (Corporate/M&A, Corporate/MA: Banking & Finance, Labor and Employment, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation and Private Wealth Law) as researched by Chambers & Partners in the state of Iowa.
Among those ranked, Attorney Jeff Baxter was recognized for the first time in 2021 as an “Up and Comer” in the area of Real Estate Law. Baxter serves as co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate group. Attorney Russell Samson was also recognized for the first time as a Senior Statesperson in the area of Labor & Employment Law. Samson is one of the longtime leaders of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group.
Firms were ranked in a limited number of categories and were evaluated by Chambers researchers through peer review and client interviews regarding their experiences with individual attorneys and practice areas.
During the interviews, sources described the firm’s assistance as “invaluable,” and Dickinson attorneys as “responsive, thoughtful, and insightful,” as well as possessing the ability to “provide excellent advice and guidance.”
"In addition to helping their clients to achieve their goals, they provide the most cost effective legal opinions and directions to their clients,” reported a client. “They helped me to solve my problem in the most cost effective way, rather than through lengthy procedures.”
Another client said: “They helped us see around corners and understand what was coming. As the case progressed, they prepared us for what we could expect and reassured us throughout.”