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Stephen P. Dowil

Stephen P. DowilStephen P. Dowil
General Practice, Personal Injury

Phone: (515) 267-9000

Fax: (515) 267-8100


Stephen P. Dowil has been advocating for his clients’ interests since 2005.  He practices in personal injury law, criminal law, family law, real estate law, business litigation, estate planning, probate, and numerous other civil matters. Mr. Dowil also represents claimants in Social Security Disability (SSDI and SSI) at all levels from initial application, Administrative Law Judge hearings, to appeals.  He has contested cases in cities and towns large and small throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.  Mr. Dowil also earned a Certificate in Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Deans List honors from Drake University Law School.


Mr. Dowil practiced for five years with a firm in St. Louis, Missouri where he litigated personal injury law, criminal law, family law, and corporate law cases in over 100 court venues and defended against federal class-action lawsuits brought against business owners. In 2011, Stephen returned to Iowa to be closer to family and practiced for five years in Osceola, Iowa where he continued to help individuals throughout Iowa and Missouri who were injured due to someone else’s negligence, charged with criminal offenses, or faced emotional family circumstances.


Representative Appeal Cases

  • St v MClachlan Iowa App 2013
  • Dorland v Dorland Iowa App 2016
  • Houk v State Iowa App 2017

Licensed to Practice Law

  • Iowa, 2011
  • Illinois, 2007
  • Missouri, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2007



  • Drake University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2006
    • Certificate – Litigation and Dispute Resolution
    • Dean’s List
    • Delta Theta Phi law fraternity
  • Truman State University, B.S., 2002
    • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Iowa Association for Justice

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
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