General Practice Law Firm | Des Moines, Iowa
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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

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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