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

5-17-21: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with Fraudulent Practices in Dallas county Iowa. After over a year of litigation, including several depositions where attorney Rothman showed the state all the flaws in the police investigation, the State dismissed all charges. No conviction of any kind will be entered and the defendant can qualify to expunge the fact that he was even charged.


4-28-21: Client was charged in Dallas County with an OWI 1st offense. Attorney Nick Carda discussed the facts with client and ultimately reached out to the prosecutor. The case was dismissed with prejudice with the State ordered to pay court costs. This charge will be eligible to be expunged in 6 months.


4-5-21: Client was charged with theft 5th in Polk County. After Attorney Nick Carda discussed the weaknesses in the case with the State, the State agreed to dismiss the case via plea agreement.


3-9-2021: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel pushed the issue employing an effective strategy. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off all public records.


11-19-2020: Frank Steinbach argued that his client’s rights were violated as the State prosecutor neglected to file the charging documentation in the time frame required by the criminal procedure rules. The judge who heard the matter, agreed. As a result the OWI charges were all dismissed and the Court even ordered the state to pay the court costs resulting from the arrest. The client will also have the arrest expunged from his record.


10-6-2020: Nicholas Carda’s client had his driver’s license revoked while he was in the hospital for several weeks. The Administrative Law Judge agreed with Nick’s arguments that the unique circumstances of this case warranted a reversal of the DOT’s decision to immediately revoke his license without giving the client an opportunity for a hearing. The revocation was set aside so that the client may be heard.


10-2-2020: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Child Endangerment in Poweshiek County. Nick worked diligently for the client on his case for over a year after the incident pointing out weaknesses , arguing facts and going through several hearings before the State finally agreed to dismiss the case. As the charge was dismissed, the client will be able to get it expunged from his public record.


9-16-2020: Daniel Rothman argued that his client’s rights were violated when police officers in Dallas county made an illegal traffic stop and seizure of the client. The Dallas county judge that heard the matter, agreed and suppressed all evidence obtained by the state. As a result, the client’s OWI and weapons charges were dismissed with prejudice. Also, the IDOT must now withdraw the OWI sanction from the client’s DOT record and reinstate his driving privileges in full


7-10-2020: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with rioting charges related to a Black Lives Matter protest at Merle Hay mall. After seeing all the facts, the state realized that they could not prove the charges at trial and so they dismissed all charges. The defendant can also file a motion to expunge that fact that he was charged at all so that his record will be completely clear of this allegation.


5-21-2020: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel noted numerous issues with the state’s case. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and thereby cancel the no contact order. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off of the public record.


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