Seeking Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation

  • Apr 17, 2023

Peddicord Wharton, LLP seeks hard-working, self-motivated individual for an Associate Attorney position in our fast-paced, high-volume law firm located in West Des Moines, Iowa. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-3 years of experience as an attorney working in civil litigation.

Since 1965, Peddicord Wharton has been providing services focused in the areas of workers’ compensation, civil litigation (including insurance defense, product liability, professional liability, commercial litigation), and corporate services. You will have a great opportunity to jump right in and work with a team of lawyers who are innovative, collaborative, and efficient, with decades of experience providing exceptional legal counsel and trial and appellate litigation services.

This position is for an attorney who can exercise independent judgment and discretion to perform substantive legal functions in client matters. You may be assigned to work independently or under the supervision of other attorney(s) employed by the firm. You will also participate in the firm’s marketing efforts and client development.

The individual must be licensed in Iowa to practice law and will be required to complete all Continuing Legal Education requirements on an annual basis (class fees covered by the firm).

Peddicord Wharton recently moved to a new, modern office space. The firm provides a collaborative work environment. Attorneys enjoy a monthly attorney dinner at a Des Moines area restaurant, as well as other fun firm events are scheduled throughout the year.

Specific Skills and Tasks (not inclusive):

  • Utilizes analytical skills necessary to conduct complex and detailed analysis of legal matters
  • Performs necessary legal research using all available resources
  • Drafts necessary documents to provide legal representation for clients and works with senior attorneys to produce final documents
  • Formulates and issues well-founded legal opinions
  • Effectively conducts negotiations, when appropriate, to resolve matters on behalf of clients
  • Maintains positive contact with clients and observes confidentiality at all times
  • Advises and communicates regularly with clients regarding the status of their matter
  • Must have the ability to travel to private and public buildings locally and statewide via private or public transportation to attend to client needs on legal matters
  • Work requires more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position

The firm provides an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous 401(k) retirement plan
  • Cell phone plan and smart phone
  • Gym membership reimbursement

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • West Des Moines, IA 50266: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • JD from Accredited Law School
  • Iowa Bar License (Required)

Work Location: In person



Peddicord Wharton has provided practical solutions and exceptional legal service since 1965.

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