General Practice Law Firm | Des Moines, Iowa
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James Sheets

James SheetsJames Sheets
General Practice, Business, Immigration, Administrative Law & Real Estate

Phone: (515) 267-9000

Fax: (515) 267-8100


James S. Sheets completed his undergraduate and law degree at the University of Iowa. During law school, he interned with the U.S. District Court for Southern Iowa, and upon graduation, completed a clerkship at the District Court in Maryland.  He then worked for several years in the areas of corporate, administrative law, and health care in Bethesda, Maryland.  Thereafter he returned to Iowa working as an attorney for a Des Moines based Fortune 500 Company. 


He has a background in general practice with a focus in business and company law, immigration, real estate, and state and federal administrative law, including professional licensure (medical, legal, pharmaceutical, etc) and administrative licensure (liquor, transportation etc).  He has taught at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business as well as other business schools in the areas of company and contract law and has a further background in educational law and nonprofits. 


In his immigration work, Sheets has worked overseas in Bosnia, the Middle East, and China and has subsequently developed cultural ties with these communities in Iowa and elsewhere. 


He is admitted before the Courts of Iowa and the District of Columbia and the US District Court for Southern Iowa.    He is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and serves as Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association International Law Committee.  


Areas of Practice

  • Business Incorporation
  • Real Estate
  • Immigration
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Nonprofits
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Administrative Law
  • State:
    • Professional licensure: medical, legal, pharmaceutical, educational, unemployment
  • Federal:
    • Immigration, Health Care, I.R.S related issues

Recent News

6-7-18: Daniel Rothman’s client was alleged to have committed more than 15 felony level burglaries. After dealing with the case for several months, the client was able to avoid convictions of any kind.


5-25-18: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was being investigated for a class C forceable felony assault, which would have led to a 10 year prison sentence. Over a period of 7 months we used expert witnesses and other approaches to show that the case was unwinnable for the state. Finally, the state agreed to not file any charges of any level. Our client was able to move on with his life without the public embarrassment and stress of a criminal charge.


1-19-18: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Daniel Rothman showed the state the officer’s video footage that demonstrated the officers illegally searched the Defendant’s car. The state decided to dismiss all charges.


1-11-18: Daniel Rothman represented a client charged with 2 counts of Child Endangerment in Polk County. After fighting the case for several months, the state finally dismissed all criminal charges and the court costs were even assessed to the state by the court, instead of to the client.


11-1-17: Daniel Rothman was able to successfully represent a Story county client who had been charged with an OWI. After filing a motion to suppress evidence the state dismissed the OWI charge completely.


10-27-17: A client represented by Daniel Rothman was charged with Domestic Assault Causing Injury in Polk County. After a lengthy fight, including collecting witnesses who could show the alleged victim lied under oath in a related civil hearing, the state agreed to dismiss all criminal charges.


10-17-17: Daniel Rothman argued a motion to suppress alleging that the officer violated Iowa Code Section 321J.5 by illegally detaining the client without reasonable cause and making them take a PBT test. The Court agreed and granted the motion to suppress. The OWI case will be dismissed and the DOT must reinstate the client’s driving privileges and take the OWI off their record.


10-4-17: An administrative law judge agreed with Daniel Rothman’s argument that an officer had denied the client his full and timely phone call rights as required by Iowa Code Section 804.20. The Judge ordered the DOT to reinstate the driving privileges of the client and remove the OWI from the client’s DOT record.


6-22-17: Bill Brewer acquired a $100,000 settlement for his client who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Dallas County.


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