Robert K. Porter

Robert K. Porter
699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309
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515.244.2600 x597



Rob Porter practices primarily in employment law, education law, gambling and gaming law, licensing and administrative law, in addition to representing licensed individuals and organizations in regulated industries.

With a desire to help businesses of all sizes grow and individuals thrive, Rob provides his clients with nearly 20 years of legal experience, advising state government decision-makers, working with educational institutions, and representing both public and private sector clients from a variety of industries on complex labor and employment, regulatory, transactional, and operational issues.

Education & Background


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law (with Distinction)
  • B.A., Doane College (Summa Cum Laude)

Prior Experience 

  • Rob’s prior experience includes serving as general counsel or corporate counsel to organizations in highly regulated industries, working as in-house counsel for a university, and representing public officials in a variety of settings, and working in private practice. This unique set of insights and experiences allows Rob to provide the best possible guidance for your organization.

Honors & Awards


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa 

Admitted to Practice Before the Following Federal Courts:

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

Reported Cases and Representative Matters

  • Represented both governmental agencies and private parties in sunshine law disputes and provided advice on compliance with open meeting and open records laws in multiple jurisdictions.  Provided guidance on matters before the Iowa Public Information Board.  Prevailed in court proceedings on open record disputes. 
  • Involved in the drafting, negotiation, and implementation of numerous contracts involving public contracts on the state and federal level, including some multi-million dollar contracts. Prevailed in vendor appeals relating to the processes awarding those contracts from public bids.
  • Successfully guided employers on employment audit matters before a variety of state and federal agencies. 
  • Obtained favorable state supreme court ruling on behalf of employer accused of violating collective bargaining laws, obtaining precedent limiting the overall authority of the overseeing agency in the process.
  • Prevailed as a matter of law on multiple party and class action commercial lawsuits where plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages.
  • Led compliance efforts for institutions of higher education and educational testing organizations.

Memberships & Activities

  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry

    • Member, Drug Testing Subcommittee

  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association

  • Iowa Gaming Association

  • Iowa Association of School Boards

  • American Bar Association

  • Polk County Bar Association

  • Iowa Bar Association

Articles & Presentations