Phelan Tucker Law LLP

Our success as a firm is a reflection of our commitment to client service and our focus on achieving the best for our clients. Providing full range of legal and business counseling services, our firm has a client base ranging from corporations to small businesses and individuals.

We hold a strong commitment to professional excellence and integrity. We have established long-lasting relationships with our clients by providing legal advice and dedicated service.

Operating as usual

[02/26/21]   Congratulations to Phelan Tucker attorney Pope Yamada on his induction to the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Pope is the fourth attorney from Phelan Tucker Law to be invited to join this prestigious organization.

The Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers' membership is limited to 250 attorneys who have displayed exceptional skills, the highest integrity, and have dedicated their professional lives to trial practice. Membership is by invitation only, with recommendation from peers, judges, and unanimous approval by the Board of Governors.

[02/18/21]   This tax season, we're utilizing a variety of methods, such as contactless document drop-off and pick up and secure file sharing, to ensure your tax preparation experience is as safe and convenient as possible.

Reach out to learn how we can help you with your unique tax preparation needs. 08/12/2020

Contact Us | Iowa City Law Firm | Phelan Tucker Law LLP

Our phone lines were damaged in Monday's storm, leaving us unable to receive calls at our office. Please reach out via email or the "contact us" form on our website for the quickest response.

Thank you to everyone in our community who have been working to restore our utilities. Contact Us in Iowa City Phelan Tucker Law LLP 319-354-1104

[08/06/20]   The attorneys of Phelan Tucker Law are committed to meeting your legal needs in whatever setting you are most comfortable with. Our office is now open for in-person meetings by appointment. We will continue to offer meetings via video or teleconference. Appointments can be made by reaching out directly to the attorney you are working with or contacting us at 319-354-1104.

Because we value safety, all visitors, staff, and attorneys are required to wear face coverings during in-person meetings. Our facilities are thoroughly sanitized between appointments. Hand sanitizer and face masks are available to all who enter our office.


State of the Community: Preparing for Re-Opening

Phelan Tucker attorney Craig Nierman was one of the panelists in a webinar for local businesses seeking guidance on safely re-opening amidst concerns surrounding COVID-19. Thank you to the Iowa City Area Business Partnership for hosting the webinar.

Local business leaders, public health experts, and legal experts discuss approaches for safely re-opening businesses in Johnson County.


Congratulations to Carolyn Russell Wallace for this well-deserved recognition from Iowa City Downtown District.

March is Women's Month and Downtown Iowa City is celebrating all month long by featuring a nominated Downtown Woman of Impact every day.
Our Downtown Woman of Impact for March 30th is Carolyn (“Dazi”) Russell Wallace. Carolyn is an Attorney with Phelan Tucker Law LLP. She is having an impact on downtown Iowa City by contributing her law knowledge and leadership skills on the board of directors for Riverside Theatre as well as for the Iowa City Area Business Partnership. She is a graduate of the Business Partnership’s Community Leadership Program and served as chair of the Programming Committee. Downtown Iowa City is lucky to have her. She is wicked smart, service oriented, and a lover of the arts!

Congratulations Dazi!
Stay tuned each day. These 31 featured women were nominated by peers, employers, employees, and friends.
#downtowniowacity #thisisiowa #thinkiowacity #womenempoweroneanother

[03/17/20]   Dear Clients and Vendors:

Due to increased concerns over COVID-19, we are limiting access to our office to essential staff and attorneys only.

While we are unable to see you in person at this time, everyone at Phelan Tucker Law is continuing to work during normal business hours to ensure your needs are being met. If you need to get in touch with one of our attorneys or staff members, please reach out to them via email ([email protected]) or telephone (319) 354-1104. Please be assured that we are constantly monitoring our phones and email inboxes and will respond to all messages as quickly as possible.

Thank You,

Your Friends at Phelan Tucker Law

[02/24/20]   Thank you to Iowa State University, Iowa State University Ivy College of Business and Michael Bootsma for inviting Phelan Tucker attorney Craig Nierman to speak to their Business Law classes about human trafficking.

[11/19/19]   Thank you to the Iowa Association for Justice for hosting attorney Craig Nierman at their 43rd Annual Convention. Mr. Nierman spoke about his work helping human trafficking survivors collect civil damages from those responsible.


Congratulations to Phelan Tucker Law attorney Carolyn Russell Wallace who received the 2019 Iowa Nonprofit Board Leadership Award from the Iowa Nonprofit Summit for her work on the Riverside Theatre Board of Directors.

Three cheers for Dazi Russell Wallace! At yesterday's Iowa Nonprofit Summit, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg presented to Dazi the 2019 Iowa Nonprofit Board Leadership Award for her service on the Riverside Theatre Board of Directors. Dazi is in her sixth year on RT's board, and continues to work tirelessly to strengthen our organization and further RT's mission to connect artists and audiences. We're so honored that Dazi's service has been recognized by Volunteer Iowa. #ianpsummit

[10/14/19]   Congratulations to Thomas Williams for successfully appealing a denial of unemployment benefits. On Friday, a District Court judge from Polk County found that the Employment Appeal Board wrongfully refused to award a Phelan Tucker client benefits when she was terminated after returning to work to care full-time for a convalescing parent.

[10/03/19]   Thank you to Iowa State University and the Business Law classes of Michael Bootsma for hosting Craig Nierman on October 2! Craig spoke to them about the legal aspects of human trafficking and talked about how they can get involved in this issue.

[09/04/19]   Congratulations to Bruce Walker, whose volunteer work was recently highlighted by The Iowa State Bar Association in a recent issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine.

[07/22/19]   Thank you to the Johnson County Attorney’s office for hosting Craig Nierman’s latest talk on Human Trafficking Law last week. It was a great gathering of private practice attorneys, prosecutors, social workers, and members of the public. 07/09/2019

Andy Warhol’s ‘Prince Series’ Is Fair Use, Court Rules

Can an artist transcend copyright laws by transforming another artist's work? Courts say "yes" but what do you think? Sound off in the comments! The artwork did not violate the photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s copyright, according to a ruling that sided with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Please join us this weekend at City Park for Riverside Theatre's production of Henry IV.


Riverside Theatre

Please join us in supporting Riverside Theatre's efforts to make the arts accessible to everyone! We hope to see you all at City Park for Henry IV June 14th - 23rd.

Yes, it really is! Free for everyone and no ticket is required! But it is not free for us. Riverside Theatre hires the area's best and most talented actors and designers throughout our entire season, including a team of 25 artists who will bring "Henry IV, Part 1" to life.

We depend on your help to make it happen. Please consider making a donation today and help us continue making great theatre accessible to everyone in our community this summer!


As a long time supporter of The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, we're excited to see what's in store at the #NewStanley. Congratulations on breaking ground!

The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art is closer to having a new home! Today the campus community gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate a new facility that will be built for generations of art lovers.
Learn more: 06/06/2019

Bruce L. Walker | Iowa City Law Firm | Phelan Tucker Law LLP

Last night, the Johnson County Bar Association honored 13 attorneys who have served the community by practicing law for 45 years or more. Included in the honorees was Phelan Tucker Law's Bruce L. Walker. Congratulations, Bruce! Bruce L. Walker in Iowa City Phelan Tucker Law LLP 319-354-1104


We're excited to unveil our new logo today! Many thanks to Benson & Hepker Design for their excellent work.


Phelan Tucker Law LLP


American Bar Association

Even with constant technological advances, the human component of lawyering remains as important as ever.

There’s no denying that some elements of lawyering are going to be heavily affected by the development of AI. Just take a look at the software developed by JP Morgan that can save humans months of hard work. With technology advancing like this, lawyers will be moved to more strategic tasks, ones that require emotional intelligence and advanced problem-solving skills—ones that no machine (in their current state) can ever perform.

[05/24/19]   Craig Nierman just returned from San Francisco, where he testified as an expert witness in an insurance arbitration proceeding. Previous arbitrators ruled that a stockbroker sold his clients unreasonably risky securities. The recent proceeding was necessary to determine whether the stockbroker’s insurance company must pay for millions of dollars in damages.



Phelan Tucker Law is proud to sponsor this tremendous effort to further the arts in our community.

The Greatest Small City for the Arts means business—$4.0 million a year.

"Everything in economic development right now centers on answering the question, ‘How do we attract the next generation of workers?’” said Mark Nolte, president of the Iowa City Area Development Group. “Having a vibrant arts scene is a critical component to this end.”

Read more about The Englert Theatre and FilmScene's plans in the Corridor Business Journal.


Yesterday Craig Nierman was the featured speaker in an Iowa City seminar for other attorneys on the important subject of human trafficking law. He detailed the astonishing numbers (up to 40 million victims worldwide with two-thirds of them being women and almost a third being children) and then analyzed relevant federal and Iowa law. Please join us in increasing awareness of this growing and tragic outrage.


We had a great time at the UI Doc Dash today!


Thank you for the great work you're doing in our community, UI Doc Dash!

We would like to give a big shout out to Phelan Tucker Law for their generous donation to Doc Dash 2019!



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