August 20, 2021

Three lawyers from Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., a Des Moines-based law firm, were recently selected by their peers for “Lawyer of the Year” in respective practice areas in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 edition for Des Moines.

  • Eric Boehlert was selected as Best Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines for Municipal Law. Eric assists the Board of Regents, cities, counties, and utilities in the planning and financing of equipment acquisitions and capital projects across Iowa, as well as with economic development activities, urban renewal and revitalization efforts, special assessments, and public contracting. 
  • John Bunz was selected as Best Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines for Public Finance Law. He has experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel, and borrower's counsel in various revenue bond financings, including those related to higher education, public power, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and governmental and 501c(3) hospitals.
  • Ronald Peeler was selected as Best Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines for Education Law. Ron’s thirty-plus years of experience as an education law attorney has allowed him to work on a wide variety of legal matters for both K-12 public school districts and higher education institutions. Since 2011, Ron has spent the majority of his time assisting school districts with the issuance of governmental bonds.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 113,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received more than 15 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, more than 10.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 66,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

For over 130 years, Ahlers & Cooney has been providing comprehensive legal services to local, state, national and international businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities.

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