E.J. Giovannetti has been practicing law in Iowa since 1966. E.J. joined Hopkins & Huebner in 1970, and has been with the firm for over 45 years. A graduate from Creighton University for both his bachelor’s and law degree, E.J. now specializes in workers’ compensation and mediation.
E.J. Giovannetti is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. E.J. is a current and past member of many civic organizations and committees and was mayor of Urbandale for 20 years.
Board of Governors, 1998-present
Iowa Public Information Board, Government Representative, 2016-PresentPrairie Meadows, Board of Directors 2013 - PresentIowa Sister States, Board Member 2012-PresentCentral Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission, Chair 2010-PresentUrbandale Chamber of Commerce, Board 1999-PresentIowa National Heritage Foundation, Advisory Committee 1999-PresentGreater Des Moines Civic Center, Executive Committee Member 1988-PresentWastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA), Board of Directors and ChairAnkeny Economic Development Corporation MemberEyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services, Board of Directors and Vice ChairDes Moines Performing Arts, Executive Committee Member & Past Chair
Minors: Philosophy, English, Chemistry, and Latin
Preeminent A.V. Rating 5.0 of 5.0, Martindale-Hubbell2021 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2020 Selected to Best Lawyers in AmericaSelected among "19 from 2019" by CITYVIEW's Business Journal2019 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2018 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2017 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2016 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2015 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America2015 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2014-1995 listed in Best Lawyers in America2013-2011 Great Plains Super Lawyers2007 Selected to Iowa Super Lawyers2002 Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame1995 Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame Award1991 City of Urbandale Citizen of the Year
E.J. Giovannetti is a California native and has lived in Urbandale for over 40 years. He has two children, both graduates of Urbandale High School. E.J. is actively involved in the community and dedicates a significant portion of his time serving the public on various boards and committees. In his free time, E.J enjoys spending time with friends and family, entertaining, cooking and visiting Clarke County where he has a cabin.
Urbandale Economic Development Association President 1998 Mayor 1977-1997 Chairman 1975-1977 Planning and Zoning Commissioner 1973-1977 Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Board Member of Endow Urbandale Board Leadership Urbandale Founding Member Co-Chair Urbandale Centennial Committee
Polk County Housing Trust Regional Economic Development Board Mid-Iowa Economic Development Board Metropolitan Advisory Council (MAC) Polk County Risk Management Committee
State of Iowa Assistant Attorney General Counsel, Legislative Research Bureau State of Iowa Deputy Industrial Commissioner
Des Moines Arts Festival Board Member 2004-2014 Chair 2012-2014
Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments Member 2003-2013 and 1977-1997 Chairman 1997 and 1980
Mercy Clinics, Inc. Board of Directors 2002
Urbandale Leadership Institute Chairman 2000-2002
Iowa Educational Initiative Steering Committee Member 1998
Task Force to Study Iowa's System of State and Local Taxation Member 1997-1998
Greater Des Moines Bureau of Economic Development Board of Directors 1987-1991
Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Member, 1983-1992; Chairman 1988-1992
League of Iowa Municipalities Past President 1981-1982 Executive Committee Member 1979-1984
Iowa Municipalities Workers' Compensation Association Member 1980-1997
Bishop Drumm Care Center Board of Directors Member, 1980-1989