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John A. Nahra, Mediator & Arbitrator, Bettendorf, Iowa.

John A. Nahra

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Mediation/Arbitration Services
6204 Emery Court
Bettendorf, IA, 52722
Tel: (563) 355-5031
Fax: (563) 505-0967 (Cell)
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Recognized to Iowa Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Illinois

Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2006
  • Total Mediations (as of Apr 2020): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Apr 2020): 50
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In January 2007, I began the private practice of mediation and arbitration. Cases have involved personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment, engineering, construction, probate, real estate, contract, municipal ordinance and rezoning, subrogation, Security and Exchange Commission claims, and domestic issues. Many of these matters involved complex issues and multiple parties. In excess of 95% of those cases mediated the parties resolved their disputes.

In my capacity as Judge of the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa, I conducted in excess of one thousand Family & Domestic Law settlement conferences and hundreds of Civil Law Case (tort, contract and miscellaneous) settlement conferences with a success rate of 90% or more. This includes the successful settlement of not only single-party cases, but complex multi-party cases involving insurance coverage, medical malpractice, construction projects and fire damage. A career highlight was my accomplishment in organizing and conducting a state-wide settlement conference for all asbestos-related litigation in Iowa, both state and federal courts. This was a multi-day conference resulting in the settlement of thousands of claims.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, May 1978, Juris Doctor.
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, May 1975, B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • American Academy of ADR Attorneys - Board Certified Mediator.  Note - The Supreme Court of Iowa does not certify lawyers as specialists in the practice of law and this certification is not a requirement to practice law in the State of Iowa. (2008-Present Member Board of Directors; 2014-2015 Vice President; 2015-2016 President)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Iowa Judges Association (2003-2004 Member of Board of Directors; 2002-2003 President)
  • American Bar Association
  • Scott County Bar Association

Rates Information

Hourly rates are $300.00 per hour for preparation and sessions. Travel time is billed at one half the hourly rate or $150.00 per hour. Mileage, airline fees and hotel costs may apply.

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