Harley C. Erbe

Harley C. Erbe

Erbe Law Firm
  • Personal Injury, Employment Law, Insurance Claims...
  • Iowa, Northern District -- Iowa, Southern District -- Iowa
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Summary

The son of a member of the United States Army, Harley was born in Berlin and has since lived in Germany twice, Massachussetts, and Wisconsin. He stayed in Iowa after graduating Drake University Law School in 1999. Before law school, Harley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996. Harley has spent his law career exclusively handling civil litigation matters, first as a member of two small Iowa law firms, then on his own as a solo attorney. He founded Erbe Law Firm in July 2005. Harley usually represents individuals and small businesses in car accident, personal injury law, employment law, contract law, insurance law, and construction defect cases. Harley especially enjoys the challenge of pushing the law past its current boundaries and expanding legal rights. He has twice argued, in Wright v. Brooke Group Ltd. and Speight v. Walters Development Co., cases before the Iowa Supreme Court that resulted in greater protections for Iowa consumers. If there is a chance of changing the law so that a client has a claim when none had previously existed, Harley will drive the case forward as far as it needs to go. For example, the claims in the Speight case were rejected by two courts before it reached the Iowa Supreme Court, where, on his third try, Harley finally convinced a court that the law needed to be changed to protect more people than it originally had. He has argued and tried jury and nonjury cases in Iowa state and federal court, including a trial judgment of over $950,000 in a business dispute case and a $500,000 recovery in an insurance dispute regarding payment of accidental death benefits. Harley has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, and the Iowa Court of Appeals. He was honored to have been a member of the National Trial Lawyer Association's Top 40 Under 40, an invite-only organization that includes only the top young trial attorneys in Iowa as nominated, reviewed, and accepted by their peers.

Education
Drake University Law School
J.D. (1999) | Law
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Honors: High Honors; Order Of The Coif; Drake Law Review
Activities: Delta Theta Phi
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
B.A. (1996) | Political Science
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Professional Experience
Owner
Erbe Law Firm
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Partner
Nelson, Erbe & Webster
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Associate
Walker Law Firm
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Speaking Engagements
State Bar of Iowa, Member
Professional Associations
American Inns of Court
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American Academy of Trial Attorneys
Current
National Trial Lawyers Association
Current
Iowa State Bar Association
Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Iowa
Northern District -- Iowa
Southern District -- Iowa
8th Circuit
9th Circuit
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Construction Law
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Products Liability
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Erbe Law Firm
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Contact & Map
Erbe Law Firm
2501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
USA
Telephone: (515) 281-1460