Commercial transactions including corporate finance, real estate issues and business contracts comprise a significant portion of Paul’s practice. His practice also includes estate planning, trusts and probate matters. Paul is a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and top-ranked by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. He acts as primary legal counsel to a broad variety of business entities and individuals and as local counsel to numerous national and international business.
Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax 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
Reported Cases and Representative Matters
Appointed by U.S. District Court at the request of S.I.P.C. to be Trustee for the liquidation of a securities broker-dealer under the supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Lead counsel for Agent Banks in numerous multi-million dollar agented credit transactions.
Local counsel for Agent Banks in numerous credit transactions involving real estate in multiple jurisdictions.
Primary counsel to developers in numerous real estate developments.
Honors & Awards
In 2018, Paul received special recognition as Senior Statesman in the practice area of Real Estate from Chambers USA.
Selected for inclusion in the 2005-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Individual in the area of Real Estate in the state of Iowa. Paul has drawn the following published commentary from the editors of Chambers USA:
Paul is well respected by his peers for his knowledge and expertise. Clients “couldn't be happier with his work,” pointing out that “he has a deep knowledge of the intricacies involved in technical real estate components.”
Paul Tyler is described as "very experienced and very thorough with a strong reputation in real estate matters." His expertise includes handling negotiations for corporate transactions and advising on finance-related real estate matters.
“Peers enthusiastically billed the team’s leading light, Paul Tyler, as ‘a wonderful guy, easily as good as anyone around.’ Historically recognized for his work with leading financial institutions in the state, his position at the head of the rankings was undisputed.”
“Paul Tyler acted for Foods, Inc. on the redevelopment and construction of a new branch of the Dahl’s retail outlet, involving the acquisition of land and rezoning of property. He has a broad-based practice that covers all areas of real estate”
“Paul Tyler is lauded as ‘a highly skilled technical lawyer who always puts clients’ interests first. ’ He acted for Foods on the rezoning of a site for a $15 million retail grocery outlet.”
“Paul Tyler advises a number of banks on real estate financing issues, and a number of developers too…‘He is knowledgeable and doesn’t make things more complicated than they need to be,’ say clients.”
“Of counsel Paul Tyler remains a respected name in the marketplace. He is noted for his impressive handling of transactional matters and also offers expertise on estate planning and trusts.”
“Paul Tyler is now of counsel to the firm, and offers clients the benefit of his extensive knowledge and experience of transactional matters, estate planning and trusts.”
Paul is the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for Land Use and Zoning Law as recognized by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers in America.
Selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:
Real Estate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Selected for inclusion in 2007, 2009 thru 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers Lists in the area of Real Estate.
Recipient of the Iowa State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 2010.
Chair, Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Committee, 2000-2003
Recipient, President’s Award, 2001
Chair, Real Estate Section, 1993-1994
Member, Land Title Standards Committee, 1989-1995
Chair, Legal Forms Committee, 1984-1988
Polk County Bar Association
Recipient, Award of Merit, 2008
President, Board of Directors, 2002
Member, Board of Directors, 1989-1993, 1995-2007
Chair, Grievance Committee, 1985-1987
Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission
Polk County Legal Aid Society
Board of Directors, 2000-2002
ISBA Public Service Project
Board of Directors, 2004-2008
Iowa State Bar Foundation
Board of Directors, 2007-2017
American College of Real Estate Lawyers
State Bar of Wisconsin
American Bar Association
Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and the Siouxland Region
Chair, Board of Directors, 2004-2005
Member, Board of Directors, 1995-2008
Youth Homes of MidAmerica Foundation
Board of Directors, 1996-2007; Past President
Hospice of Central Iowa
Board of Directors, 1988-1994
Polk County Public Health Nursing Association
Board of Directors, 1978-1983
W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust (a private charitable foundation )
Des Moines Symphony Foundation
Eyerly Ball Foundation, Trustee and Treasurer, 2015-Present
Education & Background
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law (With Distinction)
B.A., University of Iowa (With Honors and Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa)
Articles & Presentations
Presenter at numerous continuing education programs sponsored by various entities, including the Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Law School, Bank Administration Institute, Iowa Land Title Association, Lincoln Inne and Iowa Society of CPAs
Instructor, Des Moines Area Community College and American Banking Institute, Banking Law, 1981
Author, Case Note, Eminent Domain – Private Charitable Condemnee-Reduced Burden of Proof to Show Arbitrariness in Condemnation (Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. v. Wildlife Preserves, Inc., N.J. 1966), 52 Iowa Law Review 1209, 1967