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SHERYL FOUNTAS: (LEGAL ASSISTANT)

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Support Team

SHERYL FOUNTAS: (LEGAL ASSISTANT)

sfountas@dickinsonlaw.com
515.244.2600 x575

CINDY BOOTH: (PARALEGAL)

cbooth@dickinsonlaw.com
515.246.4532

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Joan M. Fletcher

Introduction

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.

Areas of Practice

Jurisdictions

Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

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

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following area:
    • Litigation-Labor & Employment

Super Lawyers

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009 thru 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers Lists in the area of Business Litigation.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

  • 2014 “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment,” Americal Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

Memberships & Activities

  • Litigation Counsel of America™
    • Fellow, 2010-Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section Council, 2010-Present
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Member, Commercial Litigation Committee, 1990s-Present
    • Member, Trial Tactics and Techniques Committee, 1990s-Present
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
    • Member, Commercial Litigation Committee, 1990s-Present
    • Member, Tort and Insurance Law Committee, 1990s-Present
  • Blackstone Inn of Court
    • Barrister
  • Lincoln Inne
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section
    • Member, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa
    • General Counsel
    • Board of Directors, 2009-Present
  • Children & Families of Iowa
    • Board of Directors, 2002-2008
    • President, 2005-2006
    • Executive Committee Member, 2004-2008
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
    • Class of 2004-2005

Education & Background

  • J.D., Drake University Law School, 1989 (With Honors; Order of the Coif; Drake Law Review)
  • M.A., Kansas State University, 1977
  • B.S., University of Iowa, 1975

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