G. Mark Rice: Lawyer with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

G. Mark Rice

Des Moines,  IA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business and Banking
  • Collections Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
Mailing Address
University University of South Dakota, B.A., 1978
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, J.D., 1982 Moot Court Board, 1980-1982
Admitted1983, Iowa and Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska; U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa

Mark practices in the area of financial services and business transactions. He represents major banks and financial institutions in a wide-range of financing transactions and restructurings together with bankruptcy, debtor/creditor issues, commercial lending and business litigation. He also represents small to mid-size companies with their formation, organization, ownership agreements and acquisitions. Mark is panel arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Of Particular Note:
•Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

Awards and Recognitions
• AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2015)
•Selected for inclusion in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014 in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (Super Lawyers: 2012-2014)

Experience & Professional Activities

Work Experience
•Chair: Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee 2014
•Member: Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee, 2008-
•Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 2002
•Mediator: Polk County, 1992-
•Founding Member with Adams & Rice, P.L.C., Des Moines, Iowa, 1996-2002
•Shareholder with Adams & Howe, P.C., Des Moines, Iowa, 1987-1996
•Attorney with Baron & Wenell, Sioux City, Iowa, 1985-1987
•Attorney with Cooper, Sinnard, Cooper, Forest City, Iowa, 1983-1985

Seminars Recently Attended
•American Bar Association 2011 Business Law Spring Meeting; Boston, Massachusetts
•10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, New York, New York, 2011; counsel for recipient of award for Lower Middle Market Deal of the Year
•American Bar Association 2010 Banking Law Meeting
•American Bar Association 2009 Business Law Spring Meeting
•American Bar Association 2008 Business Law Meeting
•Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, San Francisco, California, 2007

Cases, Presentations & Publications

Representative Work
•Ongoing representation of the agricultural investments division of a U.S. life insurance company with regard to agricultural finance transactions in loan amounts ranging from $500,000 to $24 million.
•Represented Bank in connection with a $12.5 million revolving credit facility with respect to a residential real estate development.
•Represented client in a $19 million sale of stock in a regional entertainment facility.
•Represented national real estate investment company in connection with a negotiation and acquisition of a commercial office property in Des Moines in lieu of foreclosure.
•Represented client in the acquisition of twelve (12) pharmacies in the upper Midwest.
•Represented an agri-business company in connection with a $160 million credit facility.
•Represented regional aggregate products company in a $43 million sale of quarry properties and subsequent $25 million acquisition of quarry operations.
•Represented agri-business company in a $3.9 million sale of an agricultural supply business.
•Represented Bank in connection with revolving and term credit facilities in the amount of $4 million provided to a Des Moines based retailer.
•Represented Bank in connection with an $8.7 million credit facility for the acquisition of an equipment supplier.
•Represented Bank in connection with a $7 million floor plan financing for a regional trailer dealership.
•Represented Bank in a $6.9 million term facility for construction of a hotel property.
•Represented Bank in connection with a $12 million term loan facility secured by 8,000 acres of agricultural real estate.

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:
•Presenter, SCORE Annual Small Business Conference, Des Moines Area Community College.
•Presenter, Iowa State Bar Association Commercial & Bankruptcy Seminar.
•Presenter, “Credit Card Dischargeability Issues,” Federal Bar Association Seminar.
•Presenter, “Choice of Business Entities,” Small Business Entrepreneur Class.
•Presenter, “Bankruptcy Procedures in Iowa,” Robert Morris Seminar.
•Presenter, “Effective Mortgage Foreclosure Techniques,” National Business Institute, Inc.
•Presenter, “Advanced Collections and the Bankruptcy Process in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Inc.
•Presenter, Federal Bar Association’s Eleventh Annual Bankruptcy Conference.
•Presenter, “Business, Torts and Damages,” Drake University Law School.
•Presenter, “Foreclosure and Repossession in Iowa: How To Do It Right,” National Business Institute, Inc.
•Presenter, Iowa State Bar Association’s Bridge the Gap Seminar.

Civic & Volunteer Activities
•Rotary Club of Des Moines
•St. Augustin School, Des Moines, Iowa (President: Board of Education, 2006-07; Mock Trial Coach 2003-2004; 2009)
•Rotary Club of West Des Moines (Board of Directors-Community Service, 1998-2002)
•United Way of Central Iowa (Corporate Call, 1993)

Reported CasesPublished Cases: In re Highside Pork L.L.C.; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Innovative Ag Service Company et. al. 450 B.R. 173 (Bkrtcy N.D.Iowa 2011); In re Shulista; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Tama Benton Cooperative et al. 451 B.R. 867 (Bkrtcy N.D.Iowa 2011); Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. v. Robex, Inc., 711 N.W.2d 732 (Iowa App. 2006); Agriliance L.L.C. v. Runnells Grain Elevator Inc., 272 F. Supp. 800 (S.D. Iowa 2003); Agriliance L.L.C. v. Farmpro Services, 52 UCC Rep., Serv. 2d 36 (S.D. Iowa 2003); Fox v. Polk County Board of Supervisors, 569 N.W.2d 563 (Iowa 1997); In the Matter of the Receivership of the First National Bank in Humboldt, Iowa and FDIC as Receiver, FDIC v. Iowa Growthland Financial Corp and Joe Dodgen, 523 NW2d 591, (Iowa 1994); FDIC v. Prusia, 18 F.3d 637 (8th Cir. 1994); In Re Grimm, 145 BR 994 (Bkrtcy S.D. 1992); FDIC v. Krause, 904 F.2d 463 (8th Cir. 1990); FDIC v. Hartwig, 463 N.W.2d 2 (Iowa 1990); Matter of Estate of Thies, 463 N.W.2d 40 (Iowa 1990); In Re Colsden, 105 BR 500 (N.D. Iowa 1988); Matter of Halls, 79 BR 417 (Bkrtcy S.D. Iowa 1987); In Re Waldo, 70 BR 16 (Bkrtcy N.D. Iowa 1986); Federal Land Bank v. Wolff, 393 N.W.2d 329 (Iowa 1986)

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G. Mark Rice

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1200
Des MoinesIA 50309-4195


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