Steven L. Nelson: Lawyer with Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.

Steven L. Nelson

Senior Shareholder
Des Moines,  IA  U.S.A.
Phone(515) 288-2500

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Contracts and Litigation Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Product Liability and Toxic Torts
  • Public Utilities
  • Telecommunications & Utilities
Contact InfoTelephone: (515) 288-2500
Fax: (515) 243-0654
University University of Iowa, 1973
Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa College of Law, 1976
Admitted1976, Iowa


• American Bar Association
• Iowa State Bar Association
• Polk County Bar Association

BornBaraboo, Wisconsin, 1952


Steve is an Of Counsel attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm and a member of the Litigation Division.

Steve has handled a wide variety of civil cases including productsliability and warranty claims, wrongful death actions, breach ofcontract, employment disputes, tortious interference and other businesstorts, insurance coverage disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities law violations, lender liability, commercial disputes, construction litigation, and real estate litigation. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of Iowa, the United States District Courts for the Northern and SouthernDistrict of Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the UnitedStates Supreme Court.

Professional Recognition

• AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV - - certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Of Note

Steve clerked for Justice W. W. Reynoldson of the Iowa Supreme Court.


• Steven L. Nelson Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Reported CasesREPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS: Some of Steve's recent cases have included: Defending a major tobacco company in over a dozen individual smoker cases and a class action brought on behalf of all injured smokers in the state of Iowa - the class was denied certification and ultimately all of the cases were dismissed without remuneration to the plaintiffs; Enjoining the termination of a client's hotel franchise by a multinational hotel franchisor and subsequently achieving a favorable settlement; Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of all claims asserted against a client in an insurance coverage dispute; Successfully challenging the constitutionality of an Iowa statute - major portions of the statute were stricken by a federal district court on preemption grounds and the decision was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; Favorably mediating two securities class actions - one representing the plaintiff investors and the other representing the defendant.

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Office Information

Steven L. Nelson

215 10th Street, Suite 1300
Des MoinesIA 50309-3993


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