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700 Second Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 515-243-1914
Fax: 515-243-2235
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Established: 1989

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Commercial Law
  • Product Liability
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Coverage Opinions and Litigation
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Cases Gone to Trial : 100+

About Us
At the Des Moines law office of Elverson Vasey, we represent clients throughout Iowa and the Midwest in the areas of insurance litigation, business/corporate law, family law, real estate, personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security disability. The ten attorneys on our staff have more than 100 combined years of experience practicing law, and you can feel comfortable that we have the extensive knowledge of the legal system that your case needs to succeed. We bring personalized service, accessibility and affordability to each case as we vigorously represent each client who comes to us for assistance.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AAA InsuranceAllstate Insurance Company
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance CompanyCOUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services
COUNTRY Mutual Insurance CompanyEncompass Insurance Company
State Auto Insurance CompanyUniversal Casualty Company
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Partners
Todd A. Elverson
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Todd.Elverson@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Todd Elverson is a partner and founding member of Elverson Vasey. Todd has been practicing in the areas of business and corporate litigation, real estate and property law, probate law, estate planning and family law for over 32 years. He has achieved the AV Preeminent rating from Martinsdale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards possible.

Todd was born in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1956. He received his undergraduate education at Drake University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Drake University Law School in 1981. Todd was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association in 1981. Todd has given several seminars on Advanced Real Estate Law in Iowa at the National Business Institute. He is the author of "Procuring and Insuring Free and Clear Title."
Memberships:
  • Iowa State (Section on Corporation and Business Law) and Polk County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Drake University, B.F.A. (with honors), 1978
  • Drake University, J.D., 1981
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Jon A. Vasey
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Jon.Vasey@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 1984
Jon Vasey is a partner and founding member of Elverson Vasey. For the past 30 years, Jon has focused his career on civil defense, insurance litigation and coverage issues.

Jon was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1980 and earned his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1983. Jon was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association in 1983.

Jon has received the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell, earning an AV Preeminent peer review rating. Jon is included in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Insurance Defense.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State (Insurance Committee, 1989-1993) and Polk County (Unauthorized Practice Committee) Bar Associations
  • American Academy of ADR Attorneys
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1980
  • Drake University, J.D., 1983
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi (Dean, 1982-1983)
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Mark J. Wiedenfeld
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Mark.Wiedenfeld@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 1978
Mark has over 35 years of experience in handling insurance defense, personal injury, dram shop, and other civil matters. Mark grew up in Northwest Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of South Dakota and his Juris Doctorate with high distinction from the University of Iowa. Mark has received the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence. Mark has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mark has held leadership positions in the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association. He is admitted to the Iowa Bar; the United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts; and the Eighth Circuit.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of South Dakota, B.S. Chemistry, 1975
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (with high distinction), 1978
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Allison R. Abbott
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Allison.Abbott@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 1999
Allison Abbott has been with Elverson Vasey since 1999 and has been a partner in the firm since 2006. Allison was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1973. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University in 1994 and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from Drake University Law School in 1999. Allison was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 1999.

Allison has earned the Distinguished peer review rating for high professional achievement from Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and Polk County Bar Association.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Education:
  • Arizona State University, B.A., 1994
  • Drake University, J.D. (with honors), 1999
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
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W. Adam Buckley
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Adam.Buckley@elversonlaw.com
Admitted
  • Iowa, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
Adam Buckley is Partner at Elverson Vasey. His areas of practice include insurance defense and general civil litigation, including subrogation and collection.

Adam was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1978. He attended Knox College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001. He received his Juris Doctorate with high honors from Drake University in 2007. He was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association in 2007.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Knox College, B.A., 2001
  • Drake University, J.D. (with high honors), 2007
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Attorneys
Susan Ekstrom
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Susan.Ekstrom@elversonlaw.com
Admitted
  • Iowa, 1976
Susan Ekstrom is from Rockford, Illinois and attended Drake University for her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Drake University Law School in 1976. Susan was a partner at Ekstrom & Burkey for 25 years before becoming a member of Elverson Vasey. She is a certified mediator and specializes in family law.

Susan was president of the Polk County Bar Association in 2007 and served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association from 2008 to 2012. She currently serves on the Free Arbitration Committee and the Family Law Committee of the Polk County Bar.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State (Board of Governers, 2008-2012) and Polk County (President, 2007) Bar Associations
Education:
  • Drake University, B.A., 1973
  • Drake University, J.D., 1976
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Max Burkey
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Max.Burkey@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 1976
Max Burkey grew up in Garrison, Iowa and served in the Army from 1966 to 1968. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and subsequently received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Drake University in 1976. He was admitted to the bar in 1976.

Prior to joining Elverson Vasey, Max was a partner in the firm of Ekstrom & Burkey for 25 years with his wife Susan Ekstrom. His practice areas include probate law, worker's compensation and personal injury.
Memberships:
  • Polk County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 1973
  • Drake University, J.D., 1976
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Nathan A. Russell
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Nathan.Russell@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Nathan A. Russell grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Advertising and a Business minor in 2007. In 2011, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2011 and thereafter to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Nathan is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State Bar Association
Education:
  • Iowa State University, B.A., 2007
  • University of Dayton, J.D., 2010
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Joshua R. Strief
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Joshua.Strief@elversonlaw.com
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Admitted
  • Iowa, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
Josh is an associate attorney at Elverson Vasey. His practice areas include insurance subrogation and defense, personal injury, family law, probate law, business and corporate law and general civil litigation.

Josh was born in Sac City, Iowa. He received his B.A. in Political Science with honors from Drake University in 2010. Josh received his Juris Doctorate with honors from Drake University Law School in 2014. During law school, Josh was named to the Order of the Barristers and was awarded the Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts Award for Excellence in Advocacy and the 2014 Martin Tollefson Award. Josh was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Federal Districts of Iowa, in 2014.
Memberships:
  • Iowa State Bar Association
Education:
  • Drake University, B.S. (cum laude, with honors), 2010
  • Drake University, J.D. (with honors), 2014
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Spencer O. Vasey
Des Moines, IA
E-Mail:Spencer.Vasey@elversonlaw.com
Admitted
  • Iowa, 2018
Spencer joined Elverson Vasey in 2018 after earning her Juris Doctorate with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. Spencer was born and raised in Johnston, Iowa. In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drake University, where she also played on the women’s soccer team. During her time at the University of Iowa College of Law, Spencer was heavily involved in moot court, earning the Harrison Tweed Award for Best Brief and the College of Trial Attorneys Award for Best Oral Advocate at the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. During her final year at Iowa, Spencer clerked for United States Chief Magistrate Judge C.J. Williams in the Northern District of Iowa. She was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 2018.
Education:
  • Drake University, B.B.A. (summa cum laude), 2015
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (with highest distinction), 2018
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