John E. Lande

John E. Lande
699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309
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John Lande’s practice includes a diverse array of civil litigation matters. He has experience dealing with a variety of legal topics including creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, business torts, agency regulatory actions, trademark disputes, environmental law, property taxation, municipal law, insurance and bond coverage disputes, mechanics’ liens and construction disputes, farm disputes, contract disputes, and business dissolutions. John has represented clients in numerous hearings and trials in Iowa district court, federal court, and appeals to the Iowa Court of Appeals, Iowa Supreme Court, and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John’s practice also includes bank regulatory issues. He advises banks with questions or issues related to cybersecurity, criminal investigations, fraud, confidentiality, insider transactions, mobile banking, collections, and wire transfers. His focus is on helping banks implement best practices to avoid litigation and disputes in the future.

John is chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Breach, & Privacy practice group. He regularly contributes to the firm’s Cybersecurity Law and Banking Law Blogs.

Honors & Awards

Chambers USA

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as an “Up and Coming” leader in the area of Litigation: General Commercial Law in the state of Iowa.
  • Chosen for inclusion in the 2019-2021 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a "Leading Individual" in the area of Litigation: General Commercial Law in the state of Iowa. John has drawn the following published commentary from the editors of Chambers USA:
    • 2021: "John is a great resource to us and always is up to speed on our cases."

    • 2020: "John Lande regularly represents financial institutions and construction industry clients and has a noteworthy focus on foreclosure litigation alongside his broader commercial practice. Clients appreciate that he is "experienced and always available."

Best Lawyers

  • Selected for the inclusion in the 2020-22 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Privacy and Data Security Law. 

Additional Honors

  • Recipient of Iowa Defense Counsel Association 2014 Rising Star Award.
  • Recognized as Future Leader of the Bar by the Iowa State Bar Association, 2011.
  • Recognized by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers as Top Student Advocate for the Class of 2011.
  • Second Place, Student Trial Advocacy National Tournament sponsored by the American Association for Justice, 2011.
  • First Place Oralist, National Moot Court Competition Regional, 2010.
  • Outstanding Mediator, International ADR Mediation Tournament, 2009.


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 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
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Reported Cases and Representative Matters

In re AgriProcessors, Inc., 859 F.3d 599 (8th Cir. 2017) reh’g and reh’g en banc denied (Aug. 17, 2017). John represented financial institution seeking rehearing and rehearing en banc of bankruptcy court’s decision to treat certain loan overdrafts.

Bd. of Water Works Trustees of City of Des Moines, Iowa v. Sac Cty. Bd. of Supervisors, 2017 WL 1042072 (N.D. Iowa Mar. 17, 2017) (slip opinion). John represented Des Moines water utility in federal lawsuit claiming that agricultural drainage districts were violating the Clean Water Act, and other state and federal laws.

Bd. of Water Works Trustees of City of Des Moines v. Sac Cty. Bd. of Supervisors, 890 N.W.2d 50 (Iowa 2017). John responded on behalf of Des Moines water utility to questions certified to Iowa Supreme Court regarding federal lawsuit claiming that agricultural drainage districts were violating the Clean Water Act, and other state and federal laws.

Concerned Citizens of Se. Polk Sch. Dist. v. City of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 878 N.W.2d 252 (Iowa 2016). John represented a school district that successfully challenged a municipality’s use of tax increment financing.

First Sec. Bank & Tr. Co. v. Vegt, 511 B.R. 567 (N.D. Iowa 2014). John represented a bank in an appeal to federal district court of a bankruptcy court’s decision to grant a priming lien in a Chapter 12 bankruptcy.

Polk Cty. Bd. of Review v. Vill. Green Co-Op, Inc., 849 N.W.2d 25 (Iowa 2014). John successfully represented Polk County Assessor and Board of Review in defending property tax classification of apartment buildings.

Memberships & Activities

  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, University of Iowa College of Law
    • President, 2009-2010
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
    • Teaching Assistant, West High School, Iowa City, Iowa, 2009-2011

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