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  • Posted on 11/21/2014 Law Practice: The Paraplegic Scam and the story of Po Javontae

    SCAM WARNING: In November 2013 I posted the original post about a scam being practiced on lawyers and their office staff. An alleged FedEx employee claims to have been seriously injured while making a delivery to a Walmart store. His claim includes a Sedgwick adjuster Robert Johnson and a landlord, Mr. Jackson. There is a brother going by the name of Tyrone. The scam is to get the lawyer to send the landlord money cards, Green Dot money cards you buy from Walgreens.

    Since that original post I've been contacted by lawyers from several states that include Iowa, California, Spokane, Washington, Harford, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and now Baltimore, Maryland. The scammer is a black man with a thick Louisianan accent. Below are the string of posts you may want to read. If you are contacted please send me an email so I can geographically track them. I will not include your name, unless you ask to be named. If your law practice has paid money let me know and again I will protect your identity. By my count the lawyers are ahead 8 to 0. This blog post has turned into a compendium that will move along, includes a list of articles and the original post follows the list. Good luck with your practices. 

    TRIPLE DOUBLE DARE WARNING: Today, November 21, 2014 this scamer is working the Knoxville, Tennessee market. A few days ago he was working Mississippi lawyers using the name Randy Lee Williams and giving the phone numbers 901-267-9739 and 225-620-7812 and claiming to reside at 111 Alvin Lane, Napoleonville, LA. 

    November 18, 2013: Law Practice: The Paraplegic Scam and the story of Po Javontae – Des Moines, Iowa.

    December 9, 2013: Breaking News: Javontae's paraplegic scam, moves from Iowa to California! - California

    December 13, 2013: Breaking News: Hot off the Dysfunctional Press from the Lombardi Law Firm! – Spokane, Washington

    December 15, 2013: More Breaking News: Where is Waldo? He’s in New Haven, Connecticut

    December 18, 2013: Does Waldo own a jet? – The Big Apple, New York, New York

    December 21, 2013: Paraplegic scammer attempts his scam on lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland

    January 14, 2014: News Update: Fed Ex and Walmart Scammers in New Jersey

    January 22, 2014: Let’s Rock & Roll with Po Javontae, Baltimore, Maryland -  Javontae is back trolling again in Baltimore, Maryland, slight change of reported facts. He’s changed his address to: Napoleon, 111 East Little Texas Road, Louisiana  70390. This lawyer did not bite.

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    ORIGINAL POST - November 18, 2013

    In this business there are all sorts of scam artists knocking on the lawyer’s door. I’ve experienced several. This past Friday I started the day off in the dentist’s chair when a man called the office with an urgent plea for help with his personal injury case. According to his story he (Javontae Terrell Holloway) is from Louisiana and formerly worked for FedEx in Des Moines delivering packages. He was delivering to Wal-Mart where he got hurt. According to his story the Wal-Mart employee set a ramp but failed to latch one side properly to the truck. As Javontae was backing his forklift out of the truck the ramp gave way and he tumbled over sideways. Of course he was seriously injured and is now rendered a paraplegic. How sad for po Javontae.

    The immediate problem is that FedEx cut off his workers’ compensation benefits and he’s about to be evicted from his home in good old Louisiana. Those bastards!

    In the beginning FedEx was nice and paid the first surgery bill for $423,000 followed by a quick payment for the second surgery of $272,000. But shortly after that things started falling apart and his benefits were cut off.  You see other doctors are saying he needs a third surgery on his head and who knows how much that will cost; after all the first two surgeries done in Iowa City were very expensive. This is terrible. Those bastards! Po Javontae.

    As the story unfolds, FedEx started paying him benefits of $428.00 per week for this February 18, 2013 injury, but then suddenly stopped when the doctor said he had reached “MMI”. Anyone in this business knows that MMI stands for maximum medical improvement and Mr. Southern drawl rolled that baby off his tongue like it was warm grits and gravy.

    “MMI, Messer Lumbardi. And then they just cut me off.”

    Po Javontae, shoot the bastards!

    Javontae is pretty upset and I ask who has the telephone number for the FedEx adjuster who is working the case. Even though he’s home he doesn’t have it with him, but his brother Tyrone does and if I call Tyrone he can give it to me. I get Tyrone’s number. After repeated attempts I finally get to speak to Tyrone. Apparently he’s back from whatever else he was doing, but by the end of the conversation I have no phone number for any adjuster, but do realize the rent still hasn’t been paid and Tyrone is warming up the car to go with Mr. Jackson and Po Javontae to sign the papers, you know the release papers.

    Wait a minute, “release papers”? What’s this release papers stuff about? For some reason Tyrone’s phone has the same problem with connectivity as Javontae’s. Disconnected again, damn what's happening with Po Javontae during this down time?

    In your mind you’re supposed to go, “Po Javontae, he’s about to get screwed.”

    At this point in the conversation his life starts sounding like a John Grisham novel because he hadn’t paid his rent for three months and his landlord, the evil Mr. Larry Jackson is threatening to evict him and has already started the legal process to do just that. This sounds urgent!

    Oh my, how sad. Po Javontae.

    This is where things start getting a little sticky. You see Po Javontae doesn’t want to have to go to the nursing home, but if he can’t come up with da rent money ($450/month x 3 = “three hunded fifty dolla”) that’s exactly where landlord Larry Jackson is going to put him. Can he do that?

    I’m not sure how things work in Louisiana, but here in Iowa landlords don’t put renters in nursing homes for non-payment of rent.

    Oh my how, sad this story is; we just need a dog dying in the back of Po Mr. Javontae’s pickup truck and we will have a hit country western song.

    And just when you think it can’t get any worse it does. You see Sedgwick allegedly has a ruthless adjuster named Robert Johnson (not the real Robert Johnson, see below) who has sent Po Javontae a “release” that is supposed to release both FedEx AND Wal-Mart from any and all liability. And Mr. Jackson is putting pressure on Po Javontae to sign those papers so Sedgwick can pay the rent money and Po Javontae won’t have to go to the nursing home. “Because you know Mr. Lombardi, I don’t want to go to no nursing home, sir.

    Oh my, how sad. Po Po Poooooooooo Javontae.

    For some reason we keep getting disconnected. The phone Po Javontae uses keeps hanging up on me. And when I call right back he doesn’t always pick up. He must be on the phone with the evil adjuster. He did tell Barbara he uses one of those phones you buy at Walgreens and he doesn’t have many minutes left.

    Really? Po Javontae.

    Of course at this point I need to talk with Mr. Jackson because no one should give away a $6 million case for just the $780,000 they are offering. I do get ahold of the mean Mr. Jackson who says he just wants his rent money sir. “I just gotta have my rent monies or Javontae will need to go to the nursing home. He hasn’t paid in three months and I just can’t wait any more sir.” I ask Mr. Jackson how he wants to get paid rent and he has a plan. Mr. Jackson instructs me to go to Walgreens and get a GreenDot MoneyPak. “Yo got Walgreens there don’t you?” He tells me I can get them in $100 increments and will need several to cover the rent. These are nothing more than prepaid Visa cards that will work anyplace. That Mr. Jackson sure is helpful. And as I pointed out earlier, he has a plan.

    But between calls Po Javantae wants me to know there is more to tell and the case is developing quickly. “Ya see Adjuster Johnson just called and has now raised the offer from Wal-Mart to $1.2 million, but only if I don’ts hire a lawyer.” And let us not forget that Landlord Jackson is "warming up da car to go ova to sign that paypa."

    Po Javontae. Certainly yo not going to sign the release paypa. Please don’t Mr. Javontae.

    Po Po Po Po Poooooooooooooo Javontae.

    So I being the nice guy I am, begin to chase down an adjuster named Robert Johnson who works for, you guessed it, Sedgwick Claims. Bingo if we get ahold of Mr. Ruthless Johnson I can put the kibosh on this FedEx/Wal-Mart squeeze play which they are allegedly trying to pull off for a song and a dance.

    I first try the Sedgwick site map for Louisiana but there is no claim office in Louisiana. That’s a bummer because I was hoping to get a trip in to New Orleans with Katrina. (She told me if we went she’d use an assumed name so as not to bring bad juju with her down to Voodoo Central.)  

    I call the main number at Sedgwick and the receptionist puts me through to the general claims manager who hooks me up with a Mr. Robert Johnson who works out of the Memphis office. (Wasn’t The Firm shot in Memphis?)  I read back the number given to me by both Po Javontae and that ruthless landlord Mr. Jackson and for some odd reason it’s different.

    I phone the Memphis office and speak to a real live person who goes by the name of Mr. Robert Johnson who by the way is a really nice guy and who informs me this is all a scam. He like me is well aware no quick settlement could take place because as Po Javontae reported he’d applied for Social Security along with Medicare and was approved. Of course the real Mr. Johnson is pretty upset that so many lawyers are chasing him down in Memphis; and in turn he is in touch with the authorities who I figure is the FBI.

    At this point Po Javontae is getting nothing from me except I have to call him back to play with him and to burn up his cell phone burner phone minutes. Life’s a bitch eh Javontae.

    In the end I wasted a lot of time and Po Javontae wasted two or three burner phones while getting no prepaid Visa cards.

    This is the second time in my career this scam has come my way. I remember it being played out 15 years ago. No money then and no money today.  In the end my system worked and I’m out nothing but a little time. Yes, I still like the practice of law and yes I still like New Orleans. But Javontae? Not so much.

    So what can we learn from this one? First, this scam can work in any state where there is workers’ compensation. The scammer tries to play off of racial prejudice, uses very poor grammar, acting dumb, stupid and gives few details about the claim itself. He seeks lawyers who have poor investigative systems, are eager for a big case, know little about the areas of Iowa workers’ compensation and the federal social security system along with Medicare. If you understand this area of the law you will pick up that the details he does give do not hang together; so long as you know how workers’ compensation and social security work with Medicare settlements. If you don’t then find a lawyer that does because any lawyer without the proper understanding of how this system works can easily be taken advantage of with the notion a huge and quick payday.

    What did P.T. Barnum say, “Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed.” 

    ― P.T. Barnum

    Some of the Red Flags:

    • Sedgwick can’t represent and release both WalMart and FedEx.

    • Sedgwick can’t release its liability without FedEx signing off on it and with another surgery in the works FedEx would never consent to such a low settlement.

    • The phones being used are burner phones; they have limited minutes so for this number to be useful they need to last through the entire scam. As the lawyer tries to do the interview the minutes are getting eaten up and sooner or later this burner will be empty. This is a concern to the potential client attempting to commit the fraud so he needs to shorten the times or else run out of minutes and need a new burner phone. The excuse is the battery needs recharging. Of course the burner phone is used because it’s untraceable. Lawyers should never cut short their initial interview. Getting the facts is important.

    • Few facts are given by the potential client.

    • Then there is the problem of phone numbers. You’ll never get the adjuster, because he doesn’t exist. In this place will be just a phone mail drop where he will always tell you to just leave a message or provide a fax number. When you push zero it will never go through to a receptionist, like it would with a real insurance company phone system.

    • The phone numbers this potential client provides do not match up with real adjusters who do actually exist. In this instance although there was a voice mail message for a Robert Johnson at the 901-485-6761 phone number it was bogus and used an incorrect area code. Of course the phone number for the real Mr. Johnson in Memphis had an 866 area code.

    • These are unsophisticated people who really don’t understand how the system works and this is one instance where Medicare and Social Security provide a nice backstop. The basis of this fraud is urgency; unless the lawyer acts the client will sign away his very valuable case for little money. But none of this made much sense. As an example if the client has applied or is receiving Medicare they are not allowed to settle the case without first doing a Medicare Set Aside and so there can be no quick settlement without the MSA. In this case none had been done so this release would be voidable.

    • Addresses can be a give-away. Addresses on E. 6th Street, Natchitoches, LA does exist. I checked it out on Google. [http://goo.gl/maps/trljR] This potential client did provide a street address on East 6th Street in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I won’t give the exact house number just in case there is actually a house there.

    • And Mr. Jackson the ruthless landlord lives on Lee Street in Natchitoches, but again I won’t give the exact house number. This address is not shown on Google Maps. [http://goo.gl/maps/LBSZe]

    • Po Javontae gave his date of birth as September 4, 1989 which on November 15, 2013 would make him 24 years old. When asked his age he reported it to be 25.

    • Weekly Compensation Rate was a rounded number, which it never is. It can be $478.34 but not exactly $478.00.

    • When I start really digging for details the phone goes dead without explanation.

    Practice Tips

    1. The bottom line is never advance a client or potential client funds in order to get a client to sign up with you.

    2. Always do a complete interview to obtain facts to know the claim is legitimate.

    3. Use social media and a Google search to try and locate details that an accident has been reported.

    4. Be methodical about developing the facts and follow the procedures you’ve created.

    5. If you don’t really understand the law in an area of personal injury or workers’ compensation associate with an attorney that does. We do a lot of referral work and enjoy working with local attorneys on their cases. If we can help you give us a call. 


  • Posted on 11/20/2014 Stryker Pays Over $1.43 Billion to Settle Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits

    A New Jersey Superior Court judge helped negotiate a deal between Stryker and thousands of patients who brought suit against the company for defective hip implants.  Stryker manufactured metal-on-metal implants that corroded and required patients to have surgery to remove the hip implants only a few years after receiving it in the first place.  The new deal will require Stryker to pay $1.43 billion to the patients to compensate for their repeat surgeries and injuries caused by the implants.  A year ago, Johnson & Johnson paid $2.5 billion in 8,000 lawsuits brought against the company for the same hip implant issue.  After the last few years of discovering the implants to be defective, a study conducted by British researchers determined that metal-on-metal hip implants should not be used in any circumstance.  Within five years of receiving the implant, 6% of patients needed surgery to fix or replace the implant, compared to 1.7% of patients receiving ceramic implants and 2.3% of patients receiving plastic implants.  After the British study concluded, the FDA concurred with the results and said metal-on-metal implants should no longer be used.

  • Posted on 11/19/2014 Do you have to give notice in a workers' compensation case?

    Workers’ Compensation 101 

    Today's Law Tip: In Iowa knowing the two general categories of an Iowa workers’ compensation case can make or break your case. It can mean the difference between how you report the injury and what you will be paid.

    1. Work injury – Understand your injury can be from a single traumatic event or cumulative trauma. This can make a big difference as to when you should report your injury to your employer. 

    2. Arises out of and happens in the course of your employment. This means the injury was suffered at work, while you were doing your job and while you were acting on behalf of your employer. You gotta be doing your job when you are hurt or at least on the employment premises; that is unless the going and coming rule apply. 

    3. Medical opinion for causation – Gas in the tank! You have to have a doctor who says your injury was caused by the employment activity. This is not as easy as it sounds, which is why a lawyer can be very beneficial. 

    4. Reporting the injury in a timely manner – within 90 days of the occurrence report your injury to the supervisor. Be accurate in describing how it happened. Be prompt in reporting it. Don't be afraid, be brave!

    5. There are two general of injury types. The first is a single traumatic event and the second is a cumulative trauma that occurs over a long time.

    6. Whichever type you end up having reporting it in a timely manner is very important and required by law. Recently I’ve had two injured workers who initially chose not to report a work injury, but instead tried getting it covered under the health insurance plan. This is a bad idea and when the doctor says it is work related you are in for all sorts of trouble. At that point you’ve reported it as not related to your work so the workers’ compensation insurance is likely to refuse to pay. And with the doctor saying its work related the health insurer is also likely to refuse coverage. In these two cases the well intentioned worker playing lawyer has made each case tremendously more difficult.

    7. So don’t try and play lawyer to save the employer or yourself a few dollars. You may be penny wise and pound foolish!

    Here is what the law related to notice.

    Notice of injury (85.23)

    The law provides that the employer must have notice or knowledge of an alleged injury within 90 days of its occurrence, if not, benefits may be denied. The 90-day period begins to run when the employee knew, or should have known the injury arose out of and in the course of employment.

    Well, that is it for today. Have a good day, I hope you learned something from this video and if you have questions send them to our email address. And remember, all bets are off once the insurance adjuster gets involved.

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Exploring Recent Personal Injury News From Around the State of Iowa

What's my case worth? What should I do right after the accident? Why is the case manager working against me? These are all questions we often are asked and these answers can all be found at the Iowa Injury Law Center. If you have a question that isn't answered or just want to talk to a personal injury lawyer, contact Steve. 515-222-1110 or sdlombardi@aol.com. He looks forward to speaking with you.

Personal injury law is our business and for the past 30+ years Steve Lombardi has assisted hundreds of clients with personal injury. Clients come from all over Iowa, we do travel and have handled cases in most of Iowa's 99 counties. Let us help you or at least help you get to the right attorney. Currently the worst personal injury cases come from interstate highway accidents, drunk driving collisions, rollover accidents, work related injuries, explosions, electrocutions, falls and spinal chord injuries. We've handled most every type of personal injury case in Iowa and would like to evaluate your case. So call us before you talk with the insurance adjuster.  

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Accidents.  They happen anywhere, anytime.  You cut your finger with a knife in the kitchen.  You spill your morning cup of coffee.  You slip on a patch of ice and fall.  Accidents at home are painful and perhaps embarrassing but certainly manageable.  When they happen on the road or on the job, however, they become devastating. 

Whether you’re involved in a serious car wreck, an accident with a truck, or hurt on the job, you’ll find yourself potentially out of work and out of money.  What if you lose your eyesight or a limb?  Your bills will pile up, especially those never ending medical bills that can result in your insurance company raising rates or worse yet, refusing to cover you.

Even though you’re the victim, it seems as if nobody wants to help you and everyone who is supposed to be helping you, wants to blame you. Trying to handle the situation without professional assistance can be just as terrifying as the injury itself.  

At these times, personal injury attorney Steve Lombardi can help.  With over twenty-six years of experience representing civil trial clients in central Iowa, he knows the law and can achieve results for you.   His practice includes personal injury cases; car, truck, motorcycle, and boat accidents; major injury cases including brain damage, loss of limbs, loss of eyesight, death and surgical cases; workers’ compensation; professional malpractice; and a limited number of divorce cases in which significant and valuable property must be divided.

Lombardi Law Firm is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, and serves clients from Polk, Dallas, Madison, Warren, Clarke, Cerro Gordo, Jasper, Linn, Wapello, Clinton, Scott, Pottawattamie, Muscatine, Lee, and Johnson counties, including accidents occurring along the interstate highways I-80, I-35, I-235, and I-380.

Steve Lombardi is the kind of lawyer who cares deeply about his clients.  Just like many of his clients, he too has experienced the breakdown of the health-care system.  When he was thirteen, his father died of lung cancer.  The doctors gave his father no real help.  For two years before his father’s death, they diagnosed a pulled muscle.  Before going to law school he had never been in a lawyer’s office, because his family couldn’t afford legal services.

From those experiences, he draws a great desire to help his clients win their cases involving any type of malpractice, and serious injury, a desire to help his clients find some justice in an imperfect world.  He prides himself on always telling clients what they need to hear not just what they want to hear.

In the pursuit of justice, Steve Lombardi believes his clients are necessary partners in building the evidence that will be used in court:  active, responsive clients with some understanding of the process have the best chance of success.  He is passionate about the work he does and enjoys working closely with his clients to collect the evidence supported by the legal theory.  He believes there are no small issues in a case because every detail could turn a case in the client’s favor. 

Steve Lombardi works very hard to positively impact his clients’ lives.  And while he recognizes that not every case can be won, he just hates to lose.  Justice delayed is justice denied. You can be sure Steve Lombardi will use all of the legal tools available to fight for you, and to win your case.

This week I'm stressing highway safety.  With the cold wintry weather there have been a lot of accidents, injuries and deaths on Interstate 80, 35, 235 and all the other highways in Iowa. I've been posting on some of them.

There are snow plows and Interstate Highway Workers out there and when you see one get over to the side, giving them plenty of room, stop and let them go by or get over and stay clear of the work area. Don’t challenge them or be impatient with these workers. They have a job to do and you challenging them for the road is going to get you no where fast. So back off and let those guys do their job.


Adventure Travel

The adventure travel business is big in the United States and for that matter all over the world.  In the year 2000 the estimated worldwide revenue was $154 billion and was growing at a 20% annual growth rate.  See Adventure Travel Industry Growth Statistics, Christina Heyniger, Xola Consulting. This industry is unregulated and the certifications the guides obtain are of limited comfort because the associations regulating those guiding services have no enforcement mechanism. The release documents the adventure travel customers sign completely relieves the guiding service of any wrongdoing these Generation X "kid" guides do on the trip. I've travelled all over the world and have some observations from my experience. I invite others to join in with comments and if you write to me I'll respect your privacy, if you want me to, and will use your experiences, both good and bad to make everyone aware of the pitfalls. So come join us with Adventure Travel.

Ag-Law Farm Accidents

Iowa farm families when suffering accidental injury can count on the Lombardi Law Firm to assist them in handling their insurance claims. If you need assistance with an insurance claim give us a call. We handle accidental rollover cases, highway collisions, injuries by equipment, grain dust cases, grain bin suffocation cases, explosions, burns from explosions and electric shock, electrocutions and chemical poisonings. If your accident isn't in this list, call us to see if we can assist you. For 30 years we've helped Iowans just like you to recover fairly. Call us at 515-222-1110 or write to Attorney Lombardi at sdlombardi@aol.com

Boating Accidents

Boating safety is a major concern for those who own or operate a boat on Iowa's lakes and rivers. On this site we focus on boating safety and how boaters get themselves in "hot water" with liability. If you're hurt while on the water you should immediately contact a quallified attorney and seek legal advice about how to gather and preserve the evidence you may later need to protect your rights.

Campus and School Accidents

Going to college is an exciting time in a young adult's life. But the college life is one where freedom causes those not yet ready for responsibility to experiment with the bounds of reason leading to unique ways people are injured. Join us at Lombardi Law Firm as we catalogue the university milieu and personal injury in America.

Car and Tractor Trailer Accidents

Although tractor trailers are a vital part of the American economy, their presence on the roads presents a significant problem while car drivers fail to respect them. The accidents are often severe, resulting in spilled products, bad wrecks, and possible death. If you are injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer along the highways of central Iowa, Steve Lombardi of the Lombardi Law Firm in Des Moines can help you handle these troubling times. Call 515.222.1110 for a free consultation.

Car Damage Property Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa property damage and personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery in any property damage case. If you have questions about property damage here are the answers to your questions. Due in part to the number of questions we get about property damage and how to settle the property claim after an accident the Lombardi Law Firm has created this page with a list of commonly asked questions. If your suit has significant personal injury or death claims we invite you to contact us about your case, but due to the time involved in answering questions (and the fact we still have to pay the bills around here) we do not allow non-client questions for just property damage. Clients may contact us at 515-222-1110 or 800-383-0331 or sdlombardi@aol.com.

Client Trial-Deposition Preparation

Lombardi Law Firm believes in trial preparation. We don't rely on luck to win your case. Instead we prepare you from the first moment we talk with you. What we do is listen to how you talk, think and most importantly answer questions. You can be successful if you are prepared correctly. Not all attorneys take the time to properly prepare their clients. We do.

Construction Site Personal Injury Accidents

Construction Site Personal Injury Accidents - Despite attempts to improve safety at construction sites by updating the regulations about equipment and producing detailed safety information, construction sites remain one of the most dangerous workplaces. If you are injured while working on a construction site, contact personal injury attorney Steve Lombardi as soon as possible to help with getting the relief you’re owed.

Criminal Law

Criminal law in Iowa is an interesting exercise in police power and the State of Iowa flexing it's muscle to collect fines and police the state. If we can help you find the right legal counsel to defend you against criminal charges contact Attorney Steve Lombardi at sdlombardi@aol.com or 515-222-1110. 

Dog Bite Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery in any dog bite case.

Drunk Driving Iowa Personal Injury Accidents

Drunk Driving, Alcohol and Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Accidents in Iowa

Guns & Handgun Rights

If you want to carry or (buy) acquire a handgun, rifle, or revolver and you’re running into obstacles, the Lombardi Law Firm is here to help.  Based in Polk County, Iowa, lawyers Steve Lombardi and Katrina Schaefer practice statewide and are prepared to guide you through the getting, keeping, or renewing your permit to acquire or permit to carry weapons. And if you are a gun owner and need legal help we are here to help you with your legal problems.

Here are some of the services we can provide:

  • We can help you apply for a permit to acquire.  If you don’t already have a permit to carry, then you need to get a permit to acquire if you want to get a pistol or revolver. This is a fairly simple process.
  • We can help you apply for a permit to carry.  If you want to carry a loaded firearm in public in Iowa, you need a permit to carry.   We can help you apply.  Need help becoming eligible?  We can help.  Need to know what rights your permit to carry gives you?  We can help you there too. We can also direct you to where to take the concealed or carry permit instruction course.
  • We can defend you if you’ve brought your gun somewhere you shouldn’t have.  Did you bring your gun into a business that has a policy against guns?  Are you facing a trespass charge for being ready to defend yourself?  Need to know whether your firearm needs to be concealed or whether you can carry it openly?   Come to us to and we can help you protect your gun rights.
  • We can help you if your permit has been denied, suspended or revoked.  Maybe you’ve run into trouble with the application process, or maybe you just received notice that an annual background check has placed your right to bear arms in danger.  You can appeal any decision to deny, suspend or revoke your permit to acquire or permit to carry.  And we can help.

Hip & Knee Implants

Hip and knee replacement devices have come under increasing scrutiny in the last few years, as manufacturers began to recall certain types of these implants. One type of hip implant, and perhaps the most controversial at this time, is called a metal-on-metal bearing. With knees we're starting to see Zimmer's NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component product questions.

I-35 I-80 I-235 I-380 Collisions/Accidents

Interstate highways 80, 35 and 235 personal injury lawyer teams up with lawyers from Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas and all other states to provide information to those injured or the families of those killed in accidents and crashes with semi-trucks, motorcycles, cars, SUV's, mini-vans and those working on the highways (State Troopers, highway workers, DOT maintenance workers and others. ) Contact any of these firms for assistance. Steve Lombardi, 1300 – 37th Street, Suite 6, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (515)222-1110.

Large Damage, Major-Serious Injury and Death Cases

Damage cases involing death, brain injury, traumatic head injury, spinal injuries, loss of a limb or eyesight or hearing. Most law firms shoe every horse that comes into the barn. We won't and don't. We say no to most cases. We say "yes" to large damage cases so we can focus on getting you the best result.

Motorcycle, Bike and ATV Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery.

Lottery, Gaming and Games of Chance

Winning the Lottery is more than Just Dumb Luck. - You can’t win a lottery without turning in a ticket.

As much as you may want to think this is about fairness, it’s not; it’s about playing by the rules you agreed to when you bought a lottery ticket that is later picked as having the winning numbers.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking you won the lottery when you can’t produce the winning ticket. To win the lottery you have to do several things.

  1. Be old enough to legally play the game.
  2. Buy the winning ticket.
  3. Buy the ticket during the time period when the game is active.
  4. Possess the winning ticket. (Can be by gift or other legitimate means. Just not stolen.)
  5. Sign the winning ticket.
  6. Turn the ticket in by the deadline for validation.
  7. Actually turn the ticket into the Iowa lottery.
  8. Have the ticket be validated by the lottery’s machinery.
  9. Don’t engage in fraud or theft to possess the winning ticket.
  10. Don’t wait to turn in the winning ticket if the economy is in down market because the value of the winning prize will probably decline.

The Iowa Lottery recently had a drawing named Hot Lotto that was sold at a Des Moines convenience store with the winning number being drawn on December 29, 2010. That meant the winning number had to be turned in on or before December 29, 2011. It was, but barely.

Pedestrian Collisions Causing Injury and Death

Pedestrian accidents can have many causes. Pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive drivers, crossing in the wrong place, listening to an iPod or other MP3 device, the weather or a whole assortment of other facts. Lombardi Law Firm explores the many facets of pedestrian accidents. Come join us. Clients may contact us at 515-222-1110 or sdlombardi@aol.com.

Professional Licensure Defense for Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

We assist the medical, dental, pharmacist, nurses and veterinary professionals with defense in civil matters having to do with the Iowa Board of Medicine and all other licensing boards. Call for a consultation.

Property or Real Estate related Injuries leading to Serious Injury or Death

If you’re injury or death case happened (caused) on property (real estate) you need to get a qualified legal opinion that will result in a successful insurance claim and lawsuit settlement or verdict. You need a lawyer on your side that is licensed as a lawyer and licensed as a real estate broker. As a lawyer with a client, but who doesn’t practice in this area full time you need direction and a lawyer who can act as co-counsel. We handle referral work all over Iowa and pay thousands of dollars in referral fees to Iowa’s rural practice lawyers. If you’re not sure there is a case call or email Attorney Lombardi and find out; this consultation is usually free of charge. 515-222-1110 or sdlombardi@aol.com


OWI-CDL Lawyers

Without a CDL you can operate. As a truck driver in Iowa an OWI can cost you dearly. Call these OWI-CDL Lawyers for HELP.

Unemployment Benefits in Iowa

If you’re unemployed or partially unemployed and are looking for an attorney to help you get the unemployment compensation you need, the Lombardi Law Firm is here to help.  Based in Polk County, Iowa, lawyers Stephen Lombardi and Katrina Schaefer practice statewide and are prepared to guide you through the difficult process of getting unemployment insurance benefits.

Where can you find legal help with your Iowa unemployment insurance claim? The Lombardi Law Firm is here for you. Call Steve and Katrina at 515-222-1110. 

Whistleblowers / Financially Ripped Off?

Financial crime has increased in America. The amount of retirement funds saved along with government fostering a gambling mentality has creating an environment where greed seems acceptable. Working people, honest people, young adults and the elderly need to be on the lookout to save their hard earned savings and to protect their futures. Join us with the Lombardi Law Firm as we create depository of blog posts that are all about financial rip-off stories that are in the news.

Workers' Compensation

If an individual is injured while on the job, he or she is entitled to worker’s compensation to pay the medical expenses and help cover a percentage of lost pay from mandatory time off. Although the process is relatively simple, getting the full value of your claim is a time-consuming and potentially complicated issue.

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Steve Lombardi
Iowa civil trial, workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer