About the Authors

West Des Moines attorney John WardJohn T. Ward serves as legal counsel to various electric transmission ultilities and distribution cooperatives throughout the country.  He serves as the lead attorney for negotiation of power supply agreements between investor owned utilities, municipal utilities and G&T cooperatives providing for sharing of generation facilities, transmission facilities and operation of same.

Louis R. Hockenberg is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Committee of Probate, Property and Trust Law) and American Bar Associations. He serves as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Professional Corporation.



West Des Moines Attorney Richard R. ChabotRichard R. Chabot is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Chabot is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar; He serves as Vice President of the Professional Corporation.

 


Robert M. Holliday is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and C. Edwin Moore Inns of Court. He serves as a Director of the Professional Corporation.



West Des Moines attorney Mark LandaMark Landa practices primarily in the areas of environmental and worker safety law.  He directs the activities of the Iowa Environmental Group which was established by a consortium of Iowa's rural electric generation and transmission and distribution cooperatives to meet their collective environmental, safety, transportation, and emergency response regulatory needs.



West Des Moines Attorney Dennis PuckettDennis L. Puckett practices in the areas of electric and telecommunication utility law, real estate law, and corporate law.  He has counseled and assisted his clients in successfully completing many complex business transactions, acquisitions, sales and reorganizations. He also has assisted many clients through the entity selection and incorporation process.

 
Kyle Kruidenier primarily focuses on real estate, landlord/tenant, environmental, business, non-profit, employment, collection and public utility law.  He assists businesses with the recovery of unpaid accounts; facilitates residential or commercial real estate transactions; gives legal advice to small businesses; provides estate planning services to clients; and helps landlords with tenant issues.

West Des Moines lawyer Elizabeth Overton Elizabeth Overton graduated from Drake University Law School with high honors in 2007. In 2003 she graduated cum laude from Simpson College with a B.A. in Economics and Business Management.  She is a member of the Polk County, Polk County Women, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Blackstone Inn of Courts.



Samantha Gronewald - West Des Moines, Iowa attorneySamantha Gronewald graduated from Drake University Law School in 2003.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2000.    She assists clients in the area of family law, criminal defense, real estate transactions and trusts and estates.  She is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations.

 

West Des Moines attorney Benjamin M. ClarkBenjamin Clark graduated from Drake University Law School in 2008, where he served on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.  Ben graduated from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  Ben has a general civil practice, including but not limited to environmental, agricultural, litigation, real estate, corporate, and public utility law.

  


David HellsternDavid Hellstern graduated from Drake University Law School in 2004.  He assists businesses and individuals with their planning needs.  He also assists clients in the area of family law, real estate and construction. 

 

 

L. Chris KnaufMr. Knauf was born in Omaha, NE on August 15, 1976, and graduated from Creighton University with a BSBA in Marketing in 1998 and the Creighton School of Law in 2001. Admitted to practice law in both Nebraska and Iowa, he spent five years as a senior campaign manager with the Steier Group of Omaha, overseeing the charitable acquisition of capital funds for clients across the country. Since starting active practice in 2007, Mr. Knauf has specialized in the areas of civil litigation with an emphasis on all family law matters. He remains active with various community organizations, including serving as a Board member for the Des Moines Music Coalition, Des Moines Social Club and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation Board.