Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. bids a fond farewell to Shareholder Attorneys Joan Fletcher and Jeff Krausman who retired from the firm on December 31, 2020.

Joan’s practice focused on litigation and employment, with experience in state and federal courts. Her primary areas of practice included complex commercial litigationemployment litigation, including matters involving non-compete and trade secret litigation, and OSHA defense and consultation. Prior to joining Dickinson law in 2002, Joan was a Partner Attorney at Nyemaster Goode for 12 years.

Among her many accolades, she was selected for inclusion in the 2015-2021 editions of the The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Labor & Employment, the 2009-2015 editions of Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation, and she has been AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004. In 2018, Joan was also selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment” by Martindale-Hubbell.  

Joan was a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America™ and a member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and the Defense Research Institute. She also served as General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa from 2009 through 2020.

“As much as I am looking forward to retirement, I will truly miss everyone at the Firm. It has been a pleasure to work with such outstanding attorneys and an amazing and dedicated support staff. I wish all the very best,” Joan commented.

Jeff’s practice focused primarily in the areas of employment and education law. His experience includes as a negotiator at the bargaining table, as an advocate in grievance disputes, and as a litigator of employment-related matters in both state and federal courts.

He began his law career at the Iowa Public Relations Board (PERB), which administers the Iowa law governing employment relations and collective bargaining in the public sector. In 1977 he entered private practice, focusing primarily on labor and employment issues.

Jeff was a frequent speaker at Iowa Bar Association and Iowa School Board Association programs, and he was selected for inclusion in the 2009-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and in the 2010-2020 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Best Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

He was a member of the National Council of School Board Attorneys, the Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys, and the American Academy of ADR Attorneys. Jeff also served as the President of the Council of School Attorneys and was the President of the Board of Directors of Children and Families of Iowa.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to practice law with such a diverse and talented group of attorneys, Jeff said. “I am confident that the firm will continue its tradition of superior service to its clients.” 

Please join us in wishing Joan and Jeff all the best for a happy retirement. They will be missed!