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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

9-4-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with an assault in Polk County. Nick asserted a self-defense argument and discussed other flaws in the case with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and even to have the state pay the court costs on the matter.


8-22-19: A Polk County prosecutor dismissed an OWI charge against Daniel Rothman’s client without a court hearing. They did so after it was shown to the prosecutor that there were filing deadline issues that would lead to a court ordered dismissal if the state fought the case.


7-18-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Driving While Revoked in Boone county, and was facing jail time. After working diligently on the case for many months, the prosecutor dismissed all charges.


6-6-19: Daniel Rothman’s client had their OWI 2nd case dismissed and the dot withdrew all sanctions as the officer violated the client’s 804.20 rights. The officer claimed to have informed the client about their phone call rights but the video footage showed that the officer did not and that she lied about doing so in her official police reports.


5-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with aggravated misdemeanor child endangerment. Although the state made several offers to resolve the case they would not dismiss the matter. The client insisted on a trial or dismissal to clear her name. We showed numerous scientific and testimonial inconsistences to destroy the credibility of the state’s case. The client was found not guilty of all charges


4-17-19: Daniel Rothman’s OWI client tested above the legal limit on the state’s official breath test but he still wanted to have a jury trial. Daniel Rothman argued the matter in Madison county over a 2 day jury trial where the jury could not find the client guilty of OWI, under a driving while impaired or the per se test being above .08. The Jury was split 6-6 and the Court had no choice but to declare a mistrial. It is up to the state to try the matter again or let it go within 90 days.


1-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with a class B forceable felony burglary and assault, which would have led to a 25 year prison sentence. Over a period of 10 months we used depositions to show the flaws in the state’s case including showing that the alleged victim lied under oath. Finally, the state agreed to dismiss all charges.


1-10-19: Daniel Rothman’s client was alleged to have committed several charges for dealing drugs. After working on the case for several months, the client’s case was dismissed even though a co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


12-11-18: A Dallas County Judge ruled that the motion to suppress evidence argued by Daniel Rothman was correct. The Judge held that the officer violated the Defendant’s rights under Iowa Code section 321J.11 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.


12-7-18: An administrative law judge held that the Daniel Rothman’s client had his rights, under Iowa Code Section 804.20, violated and ordered the IDOT to reinstate the client’s driving privileges.


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.


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Recent Blog Posts


School Bus Passing Laws
October 12 2018
The school year is in full swing again, which means many of our commutes involve encounters with school buses shuttling children between home, school, or other activities.

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...