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  • Posted on 10/21/2016 Why Having a Baby Through Surrogacy is Complicated

    A Pennsylvania appellate court recently ruled on a somewhat new issue facing surrogacy laws: when the intended mother no longer wishes to be a mother.  Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of The View and TV personality, was the center of this recent ruling.  She and former husband Lamar Sally entered into a contract with a gestational surrogate living in Pennsylvania in order to create a baby that they would parent.  Shepherd and Sally obtained an anonymous egg donor who agreed to have no legal rights to the child.  They then had this egg fertilized with Sally's sperm and implanted the embryo into the gestational surrogate, J.B.  In the contract with J.B., Shepherd and Sally were to have automatic parentage rights upon birth and J.B. would have no legal rights whatsoever.  Shepherd and Sally also would pay J.B. costs associated with the pregnancy and birth.

    Eight months into the pregnancy, Shepherd and Sally began having marital problems and Shepherd no longer wished to be the mother of the child.  She attempted to argue in court that the surrogacy contract was void as against public policy as Pennsylvania law does not explicitly allow for surrogacy.  Upon birth of the child, Sally took the child and moved to California.  Shepherd has had no contact with the child who was born one year ago.  Despite Shepherd's actions and arguments, the appellate court disagreed with her.  Although Pennsylvania, like many other states, have no law speaking to whether surrogacy is legal, they also have no law stating that it is illegal.  Past Pennsylvania case law has declined to take a position on the state's laws, yet courts have ruled in such a way as to indicate that it is not illegal and that contracts for surrogacy are enforceable in Pennsylvania, as in Shepherd's case.  Shepherd was ordered to remain the legal mother of the child, with all resulting responsiblities including child support.

  • Posted on 10/20/2016 Justice Ginsburg Comments on Colin Kaepernick's Protest

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made comments earlier this year showing a distinct bias against Donald Trump and his ability to be President of the United States.  She received extensive criticism for these comments, with people arguing that as a Justice of the Supreme Court, she should not share her political opinions off the bench.  Now Justice Ginsburg is getting criticized again for speaking about her disapproval of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's action of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at football games.  She stated in an interview that his choice to kneel was "dumb" and "disrespectful" and comparable to burning an American flag - neither action is unconstitutional, but neither is representative of respectful or admirable behavior according to Justice Ginsburg.  She soon retracted her statement, admitting that she spoke hastily and without full knowledge of the situation such that her comments were "inappropriately dismissive and harsh."  Critics say once again that all judges, but specifically Supreme Court Justices, are in a unique position in this country to decide the constitutionality of certain conduct and laws, and hence should not be participating in off-the-cuff statements that expose their own personal views on certain subjects when these views are not related to their role on the bench. The fear seems to be that if Justices have personal opinions, they cannot be "impartial" as required by their judicial role, or at least, the fear that the public will know that Justices have a personal opinion on heated matters and perhaps the public does not want to know this.  Perhaps the public prefers to believe that Justices view all world events impartially and without bias or personal opinion so that the public can also feel the Justices' role on the bench is more trustworthy and void of personal bias.  But perhaps the public must learn to trust that people are people - whether a quarterback or a Supreme Court Justice - and all inevitably have personal opinions.  But if a quarterback can take a knee to express his view, and still manage to play football like everyone else as it is his job, then just maybe a judge can have a personal opinion off the bench and still manage to do her job with exceptional impartiality. 

  • Posted on 10/19/2016 "Unfair" Prenuptial Agreements Still Given Legal Force

    Prenuptial agreements first came into play in the 1960s and 1970s, but have only recently become more common and have entered the legal arena upon increasingly common divorce litigation.  While many divorcing couples want to argue that their prenuptial agreements are now invalid and should not be enforced, many states are ruling in favor of upholding the agreement unless it was entered into involuntarily, was unconscionable, or was entered into without full disclosure of both parties' financial situations.  These circumstances are rare however and even when an argument can be made that such an agreement is still "unfair" to one of the parties, courts are generally inclined to enforce these contracts that were entered into voluntarily between two consenting adults.  Even if those parties made bad decisions that they now realize in hindsight should have been different, the agreement is still a contract and should be enforced as such.  A New York appellate court ruled in Gottlieb v. Gottlieb exactly this - the wife cannot argue now that the contract was entered unfairly because her fiance at the time refused to marry her unless she signed the agreement, and even though she was pregnant at the time and felt forced to sign.  Since the wife still chose to sign when she could have chosen not to, even callous behavior on the part of the husband will not render a prenuptial agreement void.

Des Moines Accident Attorney Serving All of Iowa And Answering Questions About Personal Injury Accidents

Straight talk when you need it most because "There's nothing more thrilling than nailing an insurance company!"

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 are often asked and the answers can be found right here 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 or Katrina by dialing 515-222-1110 or writing to [email protected] or [email protected] They look forward to speaking with you. googlee76264f2c0b96d5e.html

Personal injury law is our business and for the past 30+ years Steve Lombardi has assisted over two thousand clients with personal injury. Clients come from all over Iowa, we do travel and have handled cases in most of Iowa's 99 counties. Steve has handled cases in Montana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, California, Florida and Texas just to name a few. 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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We pride ourselves on telling you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear.

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 can become a real challenge to putting food on the table and paying the bills. The insurance industry is not there to treat you fairly, because what is fair to you may not be considered fair to them and their insured. You need good representation; someone to help you understand how to win. Keep in mind the insurance industry wants you to lose.

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 will seem 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 and Katrina Phillip can help.  With over thirty years of experience representing personal injury clients in central Iowa, Steve knows the law and can help you to achieve THE BEST result.   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. For two years before his father’s death, the primary care physician diagnosed a pulled muscle. No x-ray was taken. Had this simple test been ordered the lung cancer may have been diagnosed and his life saved. He died two years after a specialist ordered an x-ray. Before going to law school he had never been in a lawyer’s office, because his family couldn’t afford legal services. Today he is there for his clients.

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 simply 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.

So call us and let us HELP YOU TO HELP YOURSELF!

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.

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.

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 [email protected]


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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