David H. Luginbill






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309-2231


Gwen Crawford

Practice Groups

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Courts – Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

U.S. Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit


J.D. (Honors), Drake University, 1976

B.A., University of Iowa, 1973

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1976


Dave Luginbill joined the firm in 1976. With over 40 years of litigation experience, Dave has lead counsel experience trying complex and difficult high-stakes litigation and routinely handles litigation through trial and/or appeal for clients in a wide range of litigation matters including commercial litigation, intellectual property, professional liability, products liability and transportation and trucking. Dave has represented national and international clients, as well as those of our clients located in Iowa. In recent years, his practice has focused on high-stakes products liability cases including a wide variety of consumer products, electronic devices, aviation accidents, industrial machinery and equipment, and mass tort litigation including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and asbestos.

He is called upon to serve as a strategic advisor to clients and to coordinate onsite accident investigation, management and control providing valuable guidance to manage the complex issues arising in major emergency and accident situations. He is also trained as a Mediator of the American Academy of ADR attorneys.

He serves as the firm liaison with The Harmonie Group, an affiliation of independent law firms practicing in all 50 states which provide a broad spectrum of legal services to corporations, insurance companies and claims administrators.

Representative Projects

  • Successfully obtained defense verdict at trial on behalf of an Iowa university wherein the plaintiff professor alleged the university had wrongfully denied him tenure.
  • Acted as lead trial counsel representing an Iowa consumer product manufacturer in defense of a trademark infringement case which resulted through mediation in the development of a strategic business relationship between the parties and a dismissal of the claims.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for an insurance adjuster and insurance carrier sued for bad faith and negligence wherein Plaintiffs alleged the agent had failed to secure uninsured motorist coverage in connection with the Plaintiffs' purchase of motor vehicle insurance, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Acted as lead trial counsel and obtained summary judgment for a foreign corporation based on lack of minimum contacts to support jurisdiction over the Chinese manufacturer of bungee cords in a product liability case alleging plaintiff had lost an eye when the cord failed in use.
  • Successfully obtained a complete dismissal in two medical malpractice cases on behalf of an emergency room physician and family doctor in defense of medical malpractice actions brought by a patient, at the estate of a deceased patient.
  • Successfully obtained a complete dismissal on behalf of an Iowa attorney in a legal malpractice case wherein the Plaintiff alleged that his attorney had failed to properly handle his personal injury lawsuit which had been dismissed.
  • Acted as lead trial counsel and obtained complete defense jury verdicts in three product liability trials against an international agricultural equipment manufacturer involving a farm tractor roll-over case and in two jury trials involving skid-steer loaders asserting personal injury and wrongful death.
  • Acted as Iowa trial counsel and assisted in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of one of several pharmaceutical manufacturers in defense of claims of alleged transmission of HIV to hemophiliacs by blood factor medicines.


American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

American Bar Association – Sections: Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

International Association of Defense Counsel

American Board of Trial Advocates

Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Defense Research Institute

Iowa Defense Counsel Association


American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow, elected in 2017

The ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America. The ACTL currently includes approximately 5,800 members, representing only 1% of lawyers in each state

Martindale-Hubbell® – AV Preeminent® Rating

Cambridge Who’s Who – Lifetime Member

Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2023)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • Des Moines Lawyer of the Year (2019 & 2021)

Chambers USA – Litigation - General Commercial - Iowa (2009-2019)

Super Lawyers Great Plains – PI - Products: Defense (2007, 2009-2022)

Benchmark Litigation

Who's Who Legal: 2015 Products Liability Defense Lawyer


Iowa Defense Counsel Trial Academy – Faculty member

Iowa Defense Counsel Association, "The Amendments To The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - Electronic Discovery"

Published Articles & Books

Agents of America, E&O Prevention e-newsletter, co-authored with Randall Stefani, "Iowa Supreme Court Heightens Duty Owed by an Insurance Agent," January, 2011

Iowa Defense Counsel Association, The Defense Update, Volume XVIII No. 4, "Electronic Discovery: Cooperation in Discovery is Consistent with Zealous Advocacy," Fall 2009

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa Defense Counsel Association