Des Moines Office

Phone: (515) 244-0111
Direct: (515) 697-4236
Fax: (515) 697-4237
Email: E. J. Giovannetti

Paralegal:
Lynnsey Bowen
Direct:  515-697-4326

E. J. Giovannetti

Areas of Practice:

General practice including but not limited to:

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 1966

Education:

  • Creighton University Law School, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1966
  • Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Bachelor of Science, Science and Biology, 1963
    • Minors:  Philosophy, English, Chemistry, and Latin

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1998-2003
  • American Bar Association

Current Board Memberships:

  • Iowa Public Information Board
    • Government Representative, 2016-Present
  • Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, 1999-Present
  • Iowa National Heritage Foundation
    • Advisory Committee, 1999-Present
  • Greater Des Moines Civic Center
    • Member Executive Committee 1988-present
    • Treasurer, 1988 & 1989; Chairman, 1990-1994
  • Des Moines Arts Festival
    • Chair, 2012-2014; Board Member, 2004
  • Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission
    • Chair, 2011, Member
  • Endow Urbandale, Board of Trustees
  • Iowa Sister States, Board of Directors
  • Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA), Board of Directors and Vice Chair
  • Capital Crossroads Governance Committee, Member
  • Ankeny Economic Development Corporation, Member
  • Prairie Meadows Board of Directors
    • 2013 - Present
  • Eyerly Ball Board of Directors and Vice Chair
  • Des Moines Performing Arts past Chair and current Executive Committee Member

Past Board Memberships:

  • Mercy Clinics, Inc. Board of Directors, 2002
  • Metro Funding Task Force, 1996
  • League of Iowa Municipalities
    • Past President 1981-1982
    • Executive Committee Member, 1979-1984
  • Task Force to Study Iowa's System of State and Local Taxation, 1997-1998
  • Iowa Educational Initiative Steering Committee, 1998
  • Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Member, 1983-1992; Chairman, 1988-1992
  • Greater Des Moines Bureau of Economic Development
    • Board of Directors, 1987-1991
  • Bishop Drumm Care Center
    • Board of Directors, 1980-1989
  • Urbandale Leadership Institute
    • Chairman, 2000-2002
  • Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments
    • Member, 1977-1997 and 2003-2013
    • Chairman, 1980
  • Iowa Municipalities Workers' Compensation Association
    • Chairman 1980-1997
  • Focus, Affordable Housing Task Force, 1992-1994
  • Iowa League of Cities Board, 1996
  • Urbandale Development Association
    • President, 1998-present
  • National League of Cities Committee of Financial, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016 Preeminent A.V. Rating 5.0 of 5.0, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011-2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2007 Selected to Iowa Super Lawyers
  • 1995-2014 listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 1995 Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame Award
  • 1991 City of Urbandale, Citizen of the Year

Public Service:

  • City of Urbandale
    • Member, Planning and Zoning Commissioner, 1973-1977
    • Chairman, 1975-1977
    • Mayor, 1977-1997
    • Leadership Urbandale Founding Member
    • Co-Chair Urbandale Centennial Committee
  • Polk County Board of Supervisors, 2003-2012
    • Polk County Housing Trust
    • Regional Economic Development Board
    • Mid-Iowa Economic Development Board
    • Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG)
    • Metropolitan Advisory Council (MAC)
    • Polk County Risk Management Committee

Previous Employment:

  • State of Iowa Assistant Attorney General
    • Counsel, Legislative Research Bureau
  • State of Iowa Deputy Industrial Commissioner