J. Eric Boehlert






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


Sami Keuck

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts


J.D. (with Honors), Drake University, 1999

B.A. (Cum Laude), Drake University, 1996

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1999


As a bond lawyer, Eric assists the Board of Regents, cities, counties and utilities in the planning and financing of equipment acquisitions and capital projects across Iowa. This includes planning sessions, public meetings, negotiations with contractors and contracting, working with financial advisors, and preparing all proceedings for the sale and issuance of governmental bonding for these public projects. He also provides guidance with regard to federal securities laws relating to bond disclosures.

Eric has served as bond counsel for the issuance of general obligation bonds, parity and subordinate utility revenue bonds, sales tax revenue bonds, and special assessment issues. As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Eric stays current on the latest federal municipal tax regulations. In the role of disclosure counsel, Eric assists public issuers in the diligence process associated with the preparation of primary disclosure documents (offering materials). Eric also advises issuers regarding their secondary disclosure requirements (annual filings per continuing disclosure agreements), and provides guidance on administering these duties in accordance with SEC Rule 15c2-12.

In addition to governmental bond issues, Eric assists Iowa municipalities in economic development activities, urban renewal and revitalization efforts, special assessments, and public contracting.

After law school and prior to joining the firm, Eric served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Mark S. Cady, Iowa Supreme Court. Eric spent six years on the firm's Management Committee, and has served as the Public Law Practice Area Leader, Public Finance Work Group Chair, Charitable Actions Committee Chair, Associate Development Committee Chair, and Website Committee Chair.

Representative Projects

  • Hotel financing and construction loan structure, with lease purchase acquisition, and Qualified Management Contract
  • Annual CIP financings for several of the state's largest communities
  • Numerous equipment acquisitions and annual capital improvement projects statewide, including extensive utility work, streets, building construction and renovation


American Bar Association – Section Membership: Government Practice, State and Local Law

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers


Best Lawyers in America©

  • Municipal Law (2013 - 2024)
  • Des Moines Lawyer of the Year 2018 & 2022
  • Public Finance Law (2011 - 2024)
  • Des Moines Lawyer of the Year 2017 & 2024

The Business Record's Forty Under 40, Class of 2012

The Des Moines Register's "You Should Get to Know" (4/9/2012)

Iowa Legal Aid – Excellence in Service Award (2010)

Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter (2000-2001)


Eric's most recent speaking engagements include:

Iowa Society of CPAs, 2020 Iowa Governmental Roundtable Webinar, “Recent Amendments to 15c2-12: Tracking Other Financial Obligations”, May 2020

Iowa State University, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, “Securities Laws/Disclosure,” with Kristin Cooper, July 2019

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Annual Seminar, "Hot Topics in Municipal Finance," with Kristin Cooper, November 2016

Ahlers & Cooney, Client Seminar, Post-Issuance Compliance Training for Bonds, "EMMA (an interactive demonstration)," October 2016

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, "City Elections for Public Measures: Finance," July 2016

CBI's Leaders of Tomorrow Presentation, "Urban Renewal, Economic Development and Public Finance 101," February 2016

Published Articles & Books

The Iowa County, "Post Issuance Compliance of Tax-Advantaged Bonds: More Than Just Checking the Box," April 2013, with R. Mark Cory and Minniette Bucklin

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Drake University Law School

  • The Cady Cup Committee (formerly The Dean's Cup), fundraiser golf outing for Iowa Legal Aid (2005 - present)
  • Alumni Golf Committee (2002-2003)

United Way, Education Leadership Initiative (2010 - present)

Iowa State Bar Association, Government Practice Section Council (2008-2013)

Iowa State Bar Association, Justice for All Committee (1999-2002), Past Chair (2000-2002)

Drake University, Bulldog Club

  • Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • Events Committee (2011-2012)
  • Drake Classic Event Chair (2011-2012)

Iowa Rush Youth Soccer Coach (2014-2015)

Ankeny Parks & Rec, Youth Basketball Coach (2015)

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, member