John Vernon retired from Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. on December 31, 2014. John worked as an attorney for 39 years – the past 22 of which he spent with Dickinson practicing family law. Please read John’s retirement announcement here.
Please contact a member of our Family Law Group for all family law inquiries and issues.
Areas of Practice
Admitted to practice in the following states:
Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:
U.S. Supreme Court
Reported Cases and Representative Matters
Carriers Insurance Company in Liquidation v. Bowman Transportation, Inc. __ N.W.2d __ (Iowa Ct. App. 1994). Denial of claim in liquidation and interpretation of a release.
Garvis v. Scholten 492 N.W.2d 402 (Iowa 1992). Hospital and its medical records department head immune from liability when providing medical information to Iowa Department of Human Services as part of child abuse investigation.
Hager v. Doubletree 440 N.W.2d 603 (Iowa 1989) cert. den. 110 S.Ct. 325. Nonresidents challenged personal jurisdiction of Iowa court.
White v. Citizens National Bank of Boone 262 N.W.2d 812 (Iowa 1978). Failure to supplement answers to interrogatories by plaintiff’s expert precluded testimony as to increased damages.
Redmond v. Carter 247 N.W.2d 268 (Iowa 1977). Constitutional challenge to appointment of district court judges to new Iowa Court of Appeals.
Honors & Awards
Selected for inclusion in the 2001-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following area:
Selected for inclusion in the 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers List in the area of Family Law.
Captain, United States Marine Corps, 1968-1971 (Vietnam)
Memberships & Activities
Iowa State Bar Association
Member, Board of Governors, 1999-2003
Member, Family Law Section CLE Committe
Polk County Bar Association
Chair, Family Law Committee, 1996-1997
Member, Family Law Committee
Polk County District Court Mediation Project
Mediator and Arbitrator
American Bar Association
Youth Law Center
Board of Directors, 2003-2006
Legal Aid Society of Polk County
Board of Directors, 1991-1994
West Des Moines Library
Member, Bond Committee, 1994
In the Media
J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1975
B.A., St. Benedict’s College, 1968
Articles & Presentations
Presenter, “Common Questions, Clear Answers,” Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, October 27-28, 2005
Author, “Iowa Law on Premarital Agreements,” Dickinsonlaw.com, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C., February 25, 2001