Lombardi Law Firm
The Lombardi Law Firm is a civil litigation firm that handles its own work and works with referring attorneys while paying and being paid referral fees. We pay out thousands of dollars each and every year to lawyers from Iowa’s rural counties. Lawyers from the smaller less populated counties refer cases to us and together we handle the work while allowing them to engage in personal injury and workers compensation case they would not necessarily be qualified to handle. Maintaining rural lawyers in practice requires them to earn a decent living and our referral program does just that. Depending on how much work you refer to us, we will adjust our referral fee percentage.
Our clients come from all walks of life and after 30 years we have thousands of clients who refer their friends and relatives when suffering a serious injury or when they have questions about a personal injury. We know the law and there aren’t many types of cases we’ve not handled.
Our State-Wide Practice Areas Include:
Car and Tractor Trailer Accidents
Interstate Highway Accidents
Motorcycle, ATV, Bicycle Accidents
Wrong-way Interstate Highway Accidents
Property Related Personal Injury Accidents – Including falling limb, falling tree claims.
Fire, Gas Explosion and Electrocution Claims
Workers Compensation Injuries
IowaBoard of Medicine Professional Licensure Actions – We defend doctors
Adventure Travel Claims including Cruise liner Claims
Drunk Driver Cases that result in personal injury to the dependents of the drunk driver and the other guy driving down the street
OWI and CDL problems
Iowa Board of Medical Examiner Investigation and Professional License Suspensions
Property Damage Claims
As the lawyer who has heard it all I invite you to call me to talk about your case or your client’s cases. We are here to serve. 515-222-1110 or email@example.com
West Des Moines personal injury lawyer, Stephen D. Lombardi has practiced civil trial litigation (personal injury lawyer-litigator, accidents, construction site injuries including death and workers’ compensation cases) for over 35 years. He holds a law license in Iowa and Florida.
Mr. Lombardi is dedicated to educating you, his client, about personal injury law in Iowa and how you can best protect your right to receive compensation. From the first conversation you have with him, he’s assessing your ability to effectively tell your story; the facts that form the basis for recovery. He believes that if you take the guess work out of “what’s going to happen in a lawsuit”, and then the risk of loss is lessened.
So what will he do for you and your personal injury case? He’ll prepare your case and you. Lombardi Law Firm does not take every case. The firm chooses to limit it’s commitment to a few clients. Most of our clients have significant injuries or rights violations. We get many requests for legal help but with the legal climate being what it is we realize limiting the number of clients to just a few allows us to practice in the way that best suits you and us. Your right to receive fair compensation after being injured is the corner stone of this law practice. We are not shy and believe that no case or set of facts are too odd for consideration.
He was born and raised in New England and in 1975 moved to the Midwest to obtain his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. In 1981 he graduated from Drake University Law School. During law school, he worked as a private investigator in a five state region of the Midwest and has testified in court. Working his way through law school as a PI taught essential skills for gathering and preserving evidence. After law school, Mr. Lombardi chose to make Iowa his home. A choice he continues to make.
Mr. Lombardi is a person driven to complete what he starts. He prides himself on telling his clients what they need to hear not what they want to hear. He doesn't believe in awards, he believes in achievement. He doesn't concern himself with recognition of his accomplishments but focuses on winning the task at hand. He is a lawyer that hates to lose. His style is to begin to size up and prepare his clients from the first conversation through the trial. All people that become his clients are important to him. After over 35 years of practicing personal injury law many former clients and attorneys from rural Iowa refer family members, friends and personal injury clients to his office for consideration and representation.
So who is he? I grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island mostly, and then moved to Iowa to finish undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, as a psychology department major. From there I attended Drake University Law School and then headed north to Waterloo where for five years I learned how to practice law. Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer but how to practice takes good mentoring. Thanks to Jim and Tom I did receive good mentoring. After five years it was on to central Iowa, West Des Moines, where I set up a practice focusing solely on the injured clients and their unique problems. If it’s taught me anything it is that all my clients are special people, unique in their lives and in their personal injury situations. No two client cases are alike. You are all different and each requires special attention.
Growing up we weren’t real poor but then again we didn’t have much to spare. My father, bless his soul, died when I was 13. He smoked, developed lung cancer and passed away at age thirty-six, leaving my mother to raise the five of us. Mom was and still is at 80 a hard worker. She has at least two jobs and in her sewing box you won’t find a single excuse. She raised us in a no-nonsense way and that’s really the way I practice law. I see nothing to be gained by telling you what you want to hear as opposed to telling you advice that you need to hear. You need to know how to protect yourself. This column, blawg or blog, delivers the same no-nonsense advice and political commentary. Mom never shied away from hard work and I won’t shy away from the difficult issues of the day. I’m not here to be popular, and could care less about winning an award. I don’t believe in awards. I focus on personal and professional achievements. I do hate to lose though.
I’m not a normal Midwesterner or New Englander. My idea of a vacation is not like anyone else’s. I’ve vacationed at the Shively Dryhead Ranch in Montana and Wyoming learning to ride the range. I’ve ran marathons along with raced in triathlons; have climbed mountains; taken flying lessons along with other more common pursuits, like snow skiing, fishing, boating, dance lessons, etc. I’ve been to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa; to the Swiss and French Alps as well. Life is about what passion you have for it and how you live your life while you’re here. There are no guarantees in life only opportunities.
And I take those opportunities to live life to the fullest. In life, we are all just one accident away from falling through the safety net and that requires us to view personal injury laws with a broader view then is being presented. When my father died bills became real to me even at age 13. Whether or not we would have food on the table to feed all five hungry kids became a real concern for my mother. We didn’t have much but we were surviving in a much more accepting social and political culture. It’s my intention with this blawg to add my two-cents in setting the record straight. Allowing someone to be awarded compensation for a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence is by no means a participation trophy.
The workers who built this country and who made it great are my relatives and my clients. They are my mother, father, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sister, neighbors, friends, clients and coworkers. They are men and women of the construction trades that will labor the oar day and night to allow us a better life. The idea of hard work to earn a wage hasn’t changed, but what has changed is society’s perception about what those jobs mean to America and in the end how we treat the immigrant workers. I like the immigrant workers because our ancestors were immigrant workers. They couldn’t speak English either and maybe they were treated with less kindliness than many, but they were not rounded up and arrested for just wanting to be here to do hard labor.
And so along these lines of thinking this blawg will express opinions, report on facts where injuries are showing up and anticipated. I will take sides where it appears to me injury can be avoided (mandatory motorcycle helmets laws) just because of my experience with things like brain damage to my clients. Remember I’m not inclined to tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear and think about. If you have questions write to me through my law firm or the law firm blawg, named The Verdict ©. (www.lombardilaw.com ) If you just wish to express your point of view, then add a comment. As long as your comments aren’t just personal attacks or in poor taste, they will be posted along with all others. I do have this thing about using your legal name. It takes no guts to create a screen name and hide behind it. If you just hate what I’m saying and attack me, I’ll delete the comment. This is about promoting discussion, not about venting with personal attacks.
If you have a serious problem then call me or write to me through my web site because the InjuryBoard site isn’t secure in the sense that I’m not giving you legal advice that will be kept confidential. Remember here I may be a lawyer but I may not be your lawyer. So anything sensitive needs to go through the www.lombardilaw.com website. Fair enough?
Okay, that is what this is about and who I am so time to get writing, see you online.
Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1981
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1978
B.S., Bachelor of Science
Professional Honors & Activities:
An avid mountaineer having climbed in the Swiss and French Alps, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, to Mt. Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas of Nepal and Mt. Elbrus in Russia.
U.S. Federal Court, 1981
All Iowa State Courts.
All Iowa Federal Courts.
Licensed in the State of Florida.
Katrina lived in many different states growing up and landed in Iowa after high school. She then attended Iowa State where she obtained her degree in Political Science. Thereafter, she attended law school at the University of Iowa. This is known as dual citizenship in Iowa.
Katrina was a student writer with the Iowa Law Review in her second year, and a contributing editor in her third year. She graduated in May 2012, passed the Georgia Bar in July 2012, and passed the Iowa Bar in February 2013. Her legal experience includes working for this law firm during summer breaks in college, interning for Federal Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer during both summer breaks in law school, and working at the University of Iowa Law School student legal clinic representing parents in cases involving DHS.
Katrina's practice is primarily focused on personal injury, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits, and Iowa Board of Nursing disciplinary charge cases. Katrina is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and a board member with the Polk County Women Attorney's Group.
Katrina's hobbies include reading, crocheting, trying to keep plants alive, and of course being a Red Sox fan. We only hire Red Sox fans in this firm.
Barbara is a dedicated legal assistant who runs the office with an iron fist. She is exacting with deadlines and has the passion and understanding to serve our clients along with the determination to help your legal team win your case.