Lu Ann White: Lawyer with Russell & White, L.L.P.

Lu Ann White


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Practice Areas

  • Trial Law
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 515-505-3790
Fax: (888) 267-1163
University Cornell College, B.A., 1978; University of Iowa, graduated with distinction, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa, J.D., Note/Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review, 1980-1981
Admitted1981, Iowa and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation (Woman Advocate Subcommittee); Law Practice Management); Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Labor and Employment Law; General Practice; and Member, Federal Practice Committee); Polk County Bar Association; Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys; Polk County Women Attorneys
BornWaterloo, Iowa, August 31, 1956

Lu Ann has been involved in private practice with an active general trial and appellate practice since 1985 in federal and state court, following clerking with U.S. Magistrate Ronald Longstaff for the Southern District of Iowa, and a serving as a staff attorney for the State Appellate Defender's Office,. She has advised and represented small businesses and corporations in business and commercial litigation, employment discrimination, and employment-related matters, and property damage cases, and has been involved in insurance defense matters involving many areas of personal injury, property damage, and premises liability, tortuous interference with contract, non-compete agreements, and employment matters. She has also been involved in representing individual clients with civil rights and discrimination concerns, employment discrimination and other employment disputes, such as wrongful termination, and individuals involved in personal injury cases, including automobile accidents and other motor vehicle accident cases, product liability cases, and business disputes. She advises clients regarding contracts, business organization, and employment matters, among other areas.

Lu Ann has been very active on committees and boards of local bar associations -- the Polk County Women Attorneys and Polk County Bar Association-- as well as in the state bar association. She has served as President of both the Polk County Women Attorneys and the Polk County Bar Association, and as Secretary of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. She has served twice as a representative from Polk County on the Iowa State Bar Association's Board of Governors. She has been involved as a member of several Iowa State Bar Association committees and sections - the Annual Meeting Committee, the Women and Minorities Committee, and the Litigation and Employment Law Sections. She served six years on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Judicial District 5C. In 2011 she was awarded the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys' Tenth Annual Arabella Mansfield Award. Arabella Mansfield was the first woman lawyer admitted to practice law in the United States. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869 despite the fact that at the time, the bar required candidates to be white and male. She was also actively involved in the women's suffrage movement. The I.O.W.A. created this award to recognize outstanding women attorneys in Iowa who have promoted and nurtured women in our profession.

Lu Ann is involved in the Des Moines area community. She is an active volunteer with the Des Moines Choral Society, and has served as a board member, and as President, Vice President of Development and Vice President of Community Outreach. She has been singing with the Des Moines Choral Society for over 15 years. She was a member of the Women's Development Connection, formerly the Women's Chamber Alliance, and has been a business partner with the Chrysalis Foundation, supporting women and girls in central Iowa. She served as President of the Cornell College Alumni Association and is an active volunteer for Cornell College. She is a member of the Johnston Rotary Club and the Johnston Chamber of Commerce. PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Law Clerk, Judge Ronald E. Longstaff, U.S. District Court (1981-1982, 1984-1985) Staff Attorney, Appellate Defender's Office, State of Iowa (1983-1984) Hansn, Bjork & Russell, L.L.P. (Des Moines, IA, 1985-2012)


Polk County Bar Association

-President, 1995-96

-2010 Award of Merit Recipient

-2006 Award of Merit Recipient

-Newsletter Committee, Former Co-Chair

-Public Relations Committee, Former Member

-Ethics Committee, Former Member

Polk County Women Attorneys

-President, 1987-1988

Iowa State Bar Association

-Board of Governors Representative District 5C, Former and Present Member

-Chair Annual Meeting Committee, Former

-Membership Committee, Former Member

-Women and Minorities Committee, Former Member

-Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors, District 5C, Former Member

-Young Lawyers Professional Development Committee, Former Chair

-Federal Practice Committee, Member

-Annual Meeting Committee, Member

-Labor and Employment Law Section, Member

-Litigation Section, Member

-Section Council, Member

Iowa State Bar Foundation, Member Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys

-Recipient of 2011 Arabella Mansfield Award

-Former Secretary

American Bar Association

-Litigation Section

-Member, Woman Advocate Committee

-Law Practice Management Section

-Member, Women Rainmakers Committee

-Employment and Labor Law Section, Former Member

Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission District 5C (1998 -2003) Iowa Supreme Court Council on Judicial Selection, Former Member Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Branch Education Polk County Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, Former Member


"Several civil procedure rules amended to update service, now allow use of e-mail in some events," Iowa Lawyer, January 2003

Co-author: "A Mentoring Checklist to Help Make the Mentoring Relationship Productive," The Woman Advocate, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 2008)


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Lu Ann White

5525 Merle Hay Road, Suite 305
JohnstonIA 50131-1456


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