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Bar Admissions

  • State of Iowa
  • US District Courts
    • Northern District of Iowa
    • Southern District of Iowa

Designations

American College of Trial Lawyers

  • Induction 2019

International Society of Barristers

  • Induction 2017

Trial Lawyer’s College – “F” Warrior

  • Graduation 2016

National Board of Trial Advocacy

  • Board certification 2012 – Civil Trial Law
  • Board certification 2019 – Truck Accident Law

American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Induction 2010

Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Induction 2005

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

  • Induction 2005

Great Plains Super Lawyers List

  • Named 2014 – present

AV Rated – Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings

  • Named 2016

AVVO.com Rating – 10 out of 10

  • Named 2015

Experience

  • RSH Legal (Riccolo, Semelroth & Henningsen, PC), Partner, 2001-Present
  • University of Iowa College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2010
  • Riccolo & Baker, PC, Associate, 1998-2000
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable John Jarvey, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 1997-1998
  • Education

    University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa

    • J.D. with High Distinction, 1997
    • Outstanding Student in Trial Advocacy, 1997
    • Director, Trial Advocacy Board, 1996-1997
    • Iowa Law Review, 1995-1996

    Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

    • B.A., summa cum laude, 1994
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • National Champion, National Collegiate Mock Trial Tournament, 1993

    Involvement

    Iowa Association for Justice

    • Key Person Award, 2021
    • Outstanding Member Award, 2010
    • President, 2008-2009
    • President-Elect, 2007-2008
    • Vice President, 2006-2007
    • Parliamentarian, 2005-2006

    Iowa Foundation for Justice

    • Board, 2007-present

    Iowa Legal Aid

    • Board of Governors, 2007-2016

    Iowa State Bar Association

    • Chair, Litigation Section, 2015-2020
    • Chair, Scope and Correlation, 2013-2014
    • Young Lawyers Division Award of Merit 2005
    • President, Young Lawyers Division, 2002-2003
    • Representative, Board of Governors, 2000-2003
    • Chair, Law-Related Education Committee, 1997-2000

    American Board of Trial Advocates, Iowa Chapter

    • President, 2016-2017

    American Inns of Court, Dean Mason Ladd Chapter

    • Master, 2015-present

    American Association for Justice

    • Leaders Forum
    • Member, Trucking Litigation Section
    • Member, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
    • Member, Professional Negligence Section

    American Bar Association

    • Chair, Section of Litigation Distance Learning Committee, 2004-2007
    • Chair, Section of Litigation Membership Involvement Committee, 2003

    Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys

    • Board of Regents, 2020 – present

    Trial Lawyers College

    • Faculty, 2020 – present

    Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

    • Board of Directors, 2022-2024

    Presentations

    2021
    • Former Employees and Other Similar Incidents, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Symposium
    • Finding Whistleblowers:  How to Talk to the Other Side’s Employees Without Breaking the Rules, Iowa State Bar Association Webinar
    2020
    • The Remote Deposition Checklist, Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court November Program
    • Onboarding New Clients in the Age of COVID, Great Legal Marketing Heroes and Icons Summit
    • Deposing Records Custodians in Truck Crash Cases, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Symposium
    • Demonstrative Evidence in Truck Crash Cases, Iowa Association for Justice Webinar
    • Using Demonstrative Evidence at Trial, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Avoiding the Roadblocks to Establishing the Trucking Standard of Care, 360 Advocacy’s How to Win Trucking Cases Seminar
    • 10 Years of Restatement (3rd) of Torts in Iowa, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    2019
    • Using Demonstrative Aids in Trial: Key Concepts and Iowa Law, Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court October Program
    • Focus Groups: Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Wrongful Death Cases in Iowa: 10 Common Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them), Iowa State Bar Association Litigation Section Webinar
    • Bad Weather Truck Crashes: Using the Safety Regulations & Industry Standards to Prove the Trucker’s Standard of Care, 360 Advocacy’s How to Win Trucking Cases Seminar

    2018

    • Sticky Situations in the World Wide Web: How the Internet Can Cost Attorneys Verdicts, Reputations and Even Their Law Licenses, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Property Damage Conference
    • Eight Ways to Wreck Your Truck Case, 360 Advocacy’s How to Win Trucking Cases Seminar
    • Eight Ways to Wreck Your Truck Case, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Prudence v. Negligence: Managing Risk in Concussion Response, Iowa State Bar Association Litigation Section Webinar
    • Focus Groups:  Harnessing the Wisdom of the Crowd, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Prudence v. Negligence: Managing Risk in Concussion Response, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Annual Conference
    • Truck Accidents:  Don’t Snooze on Driver Fatigue & Hours of Service Violations, Minnesota State Bar Association Webinar

    2017

    • Sticky Situations in the World Wide Web: How the Internet Can Cost Attorneys Verdicts, Reputations and Even Their Law Licenses, University of Iowa College of Law Alumni Weekend Seminar
    • What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Direct Examination, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • What’s Between Me and A 1/3 Fee? – Landmines in General Personal Injury Claims, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting
    • Let’s Make a Deal: Strategies for Negotiating With (or Without) Mediation, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting
    • Systematic Discovery of Information Applicable to Trucking Cases:  Getting Everything to Which You Are Entitled, 360 Advocacy’s A New Look at How to Win Trucking Cases Seminar
    • Witness Preparation: The Rules, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar

    2016

    • Wisdom of the Ages Panel: Lessons Learned During 102 Years of Trial Lawyering, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Social Media in Labor and Employment Litigation, Iowa State Bar Association Labor and Employment Seminar
    • Witness Preparation: The Rules, The Science, and The Art, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Social Media in Family Law Litigation, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting

    2015

    • Landmines in Personal Injury Cases, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar
    • Discovery of Social Media:  How to Ethically Get What You Need, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    • Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Clients, Iowa Defense Counsel Association Law Student Seminar

    2014

    • Nothing "Minor" About It:  Iowa Civil Litigation When Children Are Involved, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Working Smarter, Not Harder:  Effectively Using Technology Before You Get to the Courtroom, Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Law Seminar
    • Social Media in Litigation: Discoverability and Evidentiary Issues, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    • Work Comp’s Velvet Rope: Who Qualifies as an Employee Under Iowa Workers Compensation Law, Iowa Workers Compensation Seminar

    2013

    • Wisdom of the Ages:  Timeless Tips from Past Presidents, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Crash Claims 101: 15 Things Every Chiropractor Needs to Know about Treating Crash Claims, Linn County Chiropractic Society Meeting
    • All I Really Need to Know about Trying Cases I Learned in Boy Scouts, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Workers Compensation 101, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar

    2012

    • The Plaintiff’s Pre-Trial Checklist:  How to Prepare Your Case for Trial, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • What Works and What Doesn’t in Jury Trials:  Audio-Visual Aids, Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence, Iowa Public Defenders Annual Seminar
    • Litigation Orientation for the Client:  Teaching a Client How Not to Hurt Their Case, Iowa Association for Justice Personal Injury Seminar
    • Applying Damages, The Rules and The Reptile in Iowa Courtrooms, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention
    • Do I Need an Attorney:  How to Handle a Call from an Injured Motorist, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar

    2011

    • What Every Trial Lawyer Should Know About Facebook and Social Media: An Ethical Analysis, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: Oh MySpace:  The Discoverability of Social Media, Iowa Association for Justice Webinar Series (with Emily and Dan Anderson)
    • Applying Rules & Damages in Closing Argument, Iowa Association for Justice Personal Injury Seminar
    • Workers Compensation 101, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar

    2010

    • What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Trial Preparation, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Dram Shop Cases in Iowa: Seven Mistakes Friends Don’t Let Friends Make, Iowa Association for Justice Webinar Series
    • The Paralegal’s Mediation Checklist:  How to Prepare Your Attorney for Mediation, Iowa Association for Justice Webinar Series

    2009

    • The Traps of the New Case Processing Standards:  What Your Staff Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You, Iowa Association for Justice Webinar Series
    • Ten Bad Ideas about Bad Faith Claims in Iowa, Iowa Association for Justice Workers Compensation Seminar (with Tito Trevino)
    • What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Jury Selection, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar (with Megan Antenucci)
    • Suing Government Entities: How to Avoid Eight Common Mistakes, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar

    2008

    • What Works and What Doesn’t in Jury Trials:  Audio-Visual Aids, Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar (with Guy Cook)
    • Tips for Effective Objections at Trial, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar
    • What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Cross Examination, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Wrongful Death Cases in Iowa: 10 Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention

    2007

    • Voir Dire and Using the New Rule 1.903(3)(b), Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    • Objections and Making a Record, Iowa State Bar Association Bridge the Gap Seminar
    • Cross Examination, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar
    • Preparing Damages Witnesses for Trial: A Systematic Approach, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

    2006

    • What’s New in Trial Technology:  Using Today’s Tools to Learn from the Masters, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar
    • How to Know When Your Case Got Tougher:  Recognizing Medical Negligence, Products Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Wrongful Death Issues in Personal Injury Cases, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Personal Injury Seminar
    • Now It’s Up to Us:  Using the New Rule 1.903(3)(b) to Get Fair Juries, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

    2005

    • Eight Errors that Can Wreck an Iowa Truck Accident Case, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Personal Injury Seminar
    • Demonstration of Plaintiff Cross Examination of Defense Expert Witness, American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in Trial Seminar

    2004

    • Seven Reasons Why Iowa Lawyers Should Be Using Focus Groups, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Personal Injury Seminar