Donald G. Beattie

4300 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, Iowa 50312



Don is a graduate of Drake University Law School, where he was granted Order of the Coif (Top 3 % in class) honors and served as Associate Editor of the Law Review. Prior to law school, Don was an Instructor in Air Combat Tactics, having graduating from Marine Corps Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). From 1971 – 1974, Don was a Naval Flight Officer, RIO F-4 Phantom aircraft, while serving our country in the Marine Corps. Before volunteering for the military, Don was a student-athlete at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Don is admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa, the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Iowa. He has also been admitted pro hac vice to practice law in the State of Arizona, the State of Florida, the State of Illinois, the State of Kansas, the State of Kentucky, the State of Michigan, the State of Minnesota, the State of Mississippi, the State of Nebraska, the State of New York, the State of New Mexico, the States of North and South Dakota, the State of Virginia, the State of Wisconsin, as well as United States Federal Courts sitting in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Litigation Percentage

• 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

• Certified as Civil Litigation Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999


Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa

• J.D. (Juris Dr.) – 1977

• Honors: Order of the Coif with honors (Top 3% in class)

• Law Review: Drake Law Review, Associate Editor, 1976 – 1977

Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa

• B.A. with honors – 1970

Published Works

• Casenote, 24 Drake Law Review 872, 1975

• Article, First Party Torts – Extra Contractual Liability of Insurers Who Violate the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, 25 Drake Law Review 900, 1976

Classes/Seminars Given

• Settlement Techniques, Seminar Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, Iowa, 1992

• Full Disclosure and Discovery, Seminar Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, Iowa, 1996

• Legal Hurdles and Obstacles in Propane Gas Explosion Litigation, American Association for Justice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1996

• Rapid Fire, Warnings, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Des Moines, Iowa, 1997

• Legal Ethics, 2008 – Present

• Do I Need an Expert, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers-2008

• How to Avoid Being the Target of a Legal Malpractice Claim—NBI-2008

• Tactics of a Personal Injury Lawyer, Claim Director and Manager Conference Nationwide Ins. Co.-2009

• Does Workers Compensation Bad Faith Exist in Medical Care Issues?, Iowa Workers Compensation Symposium, June 2014

Honors and Awards

• Double SS AWARD for Outstanding Achievement, Simpson College, 1993

• Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, 1977

• AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

• Super Lawyer for Products Liability Top Iowa Lawyer, 2007 – Present

• American Association of Justice Top 100 of National Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

• Super Lawyers

• Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010 – Present

• Million Dollar Jury Verdicts and Settlements, Lead Counsel

• Iowa Lawyer Grievance Commission, 2012-15

• Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1997 – Present

• The College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel

• Polk County, Ethics Committee, 1989 – 1993

• Polk County, Board of Governors, 1989 – 1994

• Polk County, Board of Directors, 1993

• Iowa State Bar Association, 1977-present

• Iowa Association for Justice, 1977-present

• American Association for Justice, 1977 – Present

• Blackstone Inn of Court, 1991 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

• Capt. Select, United States Marine Corps, 1970 – 1974

• Naval Flight Officer, RIO F4 Phantom, 1971 – 1974

• Graduate Marine Corps Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) El Toro, California, 1973

• Instructor/Air Combat Tactics, 1973 – 1974