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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

10-18-18: Daniel Rothman showed the state prosecutor that the client’s charges had no merit. The prosecutor indicated to the court that the case must be dismissed. The client’s driving privileges will also be restored and the fact that the client was even charged with the OWI will be expunged from the public record.


10-10-18: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury. After finding key material on the police videos that was inappropriately omitted from the police reports, the prosecutor dismissed all charges with court costs assessed to the State of Iowa.


8-6-18: Daniel Rothman showed that an investigating officer had not spoken to numerous witnesses on an alleged Felony assault causing serious injury. After contacting other witnesses, recorded statements were given by the defense to the state. Instead of a likely win at trial, the client decided to take an offer from the state to plead to 2 simple misdemeanors and get a deferred judgment. This will lead to the whole case being expunged instead of the possible five year prison sentence the client was facing.


7-27-18: Daniel Rothman argued a motion to suppress alleging that the officer had no reasonable grounds to detain a driver for field sobriety tests. The Court agreed and granted the motion to suppress. The OWI charge as well as the child endangerment charges must be dismissed due to the Court’s ruling. The DOT must reinstate the client’s driving privileges and take the OWI off their driving record.


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.


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Recent Blog Posts

School Bus Passing Laws
October 12 2018

Child Support and Changes in Custodial Care
August 06 2018
Our office fields many calls regarding child support. Everything from beginning to end. My least favorite calls are the parent who took in their child when the custodial parent was unable or unwilling to do so...