Speaking on the subjects of ethics and some of the main ways lawyers in the past have gotten into trouble with the Iowa Professional Board of Ethics. Attorney Lombardi stated, “Lawyers aren’t taught about how to operate a business and that is the main component in how trouble begins for lawyers. We don’t talk about business as much as we should. We don’t have speakers at our continued educational programs speaking about business. Instead we focus on how to spot if you are an alcoholic or a drug addict. I believe drinking too much is a symptom of a bigger problem. The underlying problem starts with poor business practices. Teach lawyers more about how to successfully operate a business or to invest to create an income stream and they will drink less.”

Here is a link to the seminar webpage: Farm Business Law

This NBI, National Business Institute Farm Business Law seminar and Attorney Lombardi’s speech will take place on April 24, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Des Moines, Iowa. (205 S. 64th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266)

Here is a link to the seminar webpage: Farm Business Law

All speakers include these lawyers:

MATTHEW M. DUMMERMUTH is a partner with Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP, where he leads the firm's Eastern Iowa branch office in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Dummermuth's agriculture law work has ranged from disputes involving commercial contracts, crop damage, veterinary malpractice, environmental violations and intra-family estate disagreements; to handling farm leases, contracts, property transactions, and estate and business succession planning. He earned his B.S. degree, with distinction, from Iowa State University and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Following law school, Mr. Dummermuth clerked for the Hon. David R. Hansen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. As U.S. attorney, Mr. Dummermuth oversaw ag-related criminal and civil cases involving USDA farm program and loan fraud, immigration offenses, environmental damage, wetland disputes, and Packers and Stockyards Act violations. The Drake Journal of Agricultural Law published his article analyzing pork production regulations in Iowa and other states.

ERIN HERBOLD-SWALWELL is an attorney with Beving, Swanson & Forrest, P.C. Her primary areas of practice include agriculture law; estate planning; wills and trusts; probate law; environmental law; administrative law; and corporate/business law. Ms. Herbold-Swalwell was previously an attorney with Newbrough Law Firm in Ames, Iowa. She also was a staff attorney for the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Ms. Herbold-Swalwell earned her B.L.S. degree, with distinction, from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is the author of the monthly column "Farm Legal Issues," published in Wallaces Farmer. Ms. Herbold-Swalwell is a member of the American (Agricultural Law Committee), Iowa State (Agricultural Law Section, chair; Taxation Law Section) and Polk County bar associations, American Agricultural Law Association, and the Story County Legal Aid (Board of Directors).

ROBERT D. HODGES is an associate with BrownWinick Attorneys At Law, where his primary areas of practice include taxation, estate planning and business law. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State bar associations, and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association's Military Affairs Committee. Mr. Hodges earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Central College; J.D. degree, with high honors, from Drake University; and his LLM degree, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center.

RACHELLE LK JOHNSON is an attorney with Johnson Law Firm, PC, where she practices in the areas as probate law, estate and trust planning, business law, real estate law and development, alternative dispute resolution, and family law. She earned her J.D. degree, with distinction, at the University of Iowa after graduating, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College. Ms. Johnson served as assistant prosecutor with the Poweshiek County attorney’s office. She is actively engaged with numerous nonprofit and professional organizations, including the American Land Title Association, the Iowa Land Title Association, and the ISBA, where she currently chairs the General Practice Section Council. Ms. Johnson also sits on the ISBA’s Law Practice Management Committee, the Iowa Land Title Standards Committee of the Real Estate & Title Law Section, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court. She is a past president of the Poweshiek County Bar Association and past chair of the Real Estate & Title Law Section.

STEPHEN D. LOMBARDI is the principal lawyer at Lombardi Law Firm, practicing primarily in civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, negligence, business litigation, professional medical license revocation defense, defamation claims and workers’ compensation injuries. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and his J.D. degree from Drake University School of Law. Mr. Lombardi is admitted to practice in Iowa Federal and State courts, Florida State courts; and is a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Polk County Bar Association. He writes a daily blog, The Verdict analyzing the issues affecting the practice of civil law. Mr. Lombardi is available for consultation or co-representation with other attorneys and regularly assists Iowa's rural population of attorneys in personal injury and workers' compensation cases

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