Gary A. Norton: Lawyer with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

Gary A. Norton

Des Moines,  IA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business and Banking
  • Collections Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Contracts
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation
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University Iowa State University, B.S., 1975 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Law SchoolWashburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1984 Member, Washburn Law Journal, 1982-1984
Admitted1984, Iowa; U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa

Professional Activities and Affiliations
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•American Bar Association (Sections: Business Law, Environment, Energy & Resources and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice)
•Member, 2013 Midwest Bankruptcy Institute Advisory Board
•Federal Bar Association (Iowa Chapter Annual Bankruptcy Seminar Committee; Chair: Iowa Chapter Annual Bankruptcy Seminar Committee, 1989-1994)
•Iowa State Bar Association (Chair: Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section Council, 2003-2005; Chair: Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section's Study Committee on the 1998 Revised Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, 1998-1999; Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section CLE Committee, Past and Present Member; Environmental & Natural Resources Section CLE Committee, Past Member; Sections: Commercial & Bankruptcy Law; eCommerce; Environmental & Natural Resources)
•Polk County Bar Association


Gary is a member in the firm, practicing extensively in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor relations, commercial law and commercial litigation. He represents a variety of business clients and is a frequent speaker before attorney and business groups on various topics involving commercial and bankruptcy law.

Gary has served several times as a member and is a past Chair of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association and is currently again a Council member. He served as Chair of that Section’s Study Committee on the 1998 Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code which was instrumental in implementing the passage of Revised UCC Article 9 in Iowa, and has been a consultant to the Iowa legislature on matters of commercial law. He has been a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute since 1986 and is a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard Stageman, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Iowa in 1984-85.

Gary has also been active in the practice of environmental law, representing national and international petroleum companies in underground storage tank cost recovery litigation in Iowa, Indiana and New York, as well as various other clients in other state and federal court and administrative environmental cases. Gary also recently served as an adjunct professor of law at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, teaching Secured Transactions.

Awards and Recognitions
•Selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Litigation-Bankruptcy
• AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Named the Best Lawyers 2015 Litigation-Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines

Experience & Professional Activities

Work Experience
•Chair: Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Environmental Law Practice Group
•Chair: Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Business and Banking Practice Group
•Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 1992-
•Associate with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1985-1992
•Law Clerk: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard Stageman, 1984-1985
•Accountant and Contract Specialist: Ames Laboratory (Research Lab contracted with U.S. Department of Energy)

Cases, Presentations & Publications

Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:

Gary is a frequent presenter before attorney groups at local and regional CLE programs on topics involving issues and changes in commercial law and bankruptcy law.
•Presenter, “Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Case Update,” Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, Omaha, NE August 8, 2014.
•Contributing Author, Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update, Aspen Law & Business, a Division of Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1998, 1999 and 2000.
•Author, chapter on “Environmental Issues in Bankruptcy,” Iowa State Bar Association Environmental and Natural Resources Section Practice Manual, 1996.


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Office Information

Gary A. Norton

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1200
Des MoinesIA 50309-4195


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