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Joe Happe, Mediator, Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe Happe

Davis Brown Law Firm
215 10th Street, Suite 1300
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Tel: (515) 246-7998
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Website: www.davisbrownlaw.com/Joseph-A-Happe
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Recognized to Iowa Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: Missouri

Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Special Master
  • Practice Commenced: 2001
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2019): 200
Practice Percentages
  • CEDAR RAPIDS/IOWA CITY
  • DAVENPORT
  • DES MOINES
  • OMAHA/COUNCIL BLUFFS
  • SIOUX CITY
  • WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS

Biographical

Joe Happe is a full time mediator-attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm. Prior to becoming a mediator, Joe's litigation practice was focused on general negligence cases, construction defect and design cases, professional negligence, fire causation, and insurance law. He has significant experience in products liability cases, dramshop, agricultural cases, premises liability, death cases, personal injury cases, asbestos/mass tort litigation, and complex workers’ compensation.  On occasion, he has handled consumer fraud defense, medical device, employment, railroad FELA, defamation and a wide range of other cases.
 
Joe Happe is a fellow of the prestigious Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 250 attorneys who have displayed exceptional skills and the highest integrity.  He is rated "AV" by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review.
 
Litigants mediating a case don't want a mere messenger, they want a mediator with a plan.  Developing a plan takes subject matter experience and with 33 years of litigation experience, Joe has the background and knowledge to come up with a flexible, active and aggressive plan to settle your case.
 
Joe Happe is a seasoned litigator with experience in nearly 100 jury trials and many workers compensation hearings.  He trained as a mediator in 2001 and has mediated over 200 cases. 
 
Now as a mediator, Joe offers an aggressive and involved form of mediation services using the latest and most effective form of mediation to conclude a settlement in even the most complex cases.
 
Cases mediated have included district court cases of all kinds: personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, discrimination, employment, products liability, construction cases (including construction defect, design defect and construction delay), professional liability (medical, legal and accounting) and fire cause and origin cases. 

With his background in workers’ compensation mediation, he has mediated mediated workers’ compensation cases, involving settlement of a related third-party district court matter.

Joe is available for mediations outside of Iowa and he has a growing regional practice, especially in the construction litigation area.


Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death

Education

  • Creighton University 1982
  • Creighton University School of Law 1985

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Association of ADR Attorneys (Board Certified)  **The Iowa Supreme Court does not certify lawyers as specialists in the practice of law and certification is not required.
  • American Bar Association - Alternate Dispute Section
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
  • C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court
  • Iowa Association of Mediators
  • Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys
  • Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Section
  • Iowa State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (Section Chair 2018-present)
  • Polk County Bar Association Board of Directors (Treasurer)(2017-present)
  • ISBA Board of Governors (2017-present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Iowa Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Inns of Mediation Board Member

Rates Information

Hourly rates are $285.00 per hour for preparation and mediation sessions. Travel time is billed at $100 per hour, and mileage, airline fees and hotel expenses may apply. No administrative fee, cancellation fee or hourly minimums are charged. Different hourly rates for multi-party or multi-day mediations may apply on a case by case basis.

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