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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

For more than 100 years, we have had a reputation for excellence as a top tier litigation firm in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. We have obtained tens of millions of dollars for our clients through the litigation process and settlements.


[tab title=”Overview”]We target client objectives at the earliest state of litigation to ensure that our efforts are properly and efficiently focused on achieving your desired outcome.

Our successful track record and regional reputation have been built on aggressive, creative and thorough representation. This approach has earned the respect of our clients, judges and adversaries resulting in the best possible outcome for you.

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[tab title=”Related Practice Areas”] Our litigation attorneys are able to help with a variety of areas, including:

  • Ag and Farm Disputes
  • Appeals
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights
  • Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Collections
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Defamation and First Amendment
  • Divorce and Custody
  • Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate, Trust and Estates
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate including Condemnation, Foreclosure, Quiet Title and Partition
  • Real Property
  • UCC
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Trust and Will Contests


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Daniel L. Hartnett

Daniel L. Hartnett

Dan Hartnett is the chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and practices in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, business litigation, employment litigation and construction litigation. Dan is a member of the State Bars of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. He is a past board member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys and current member of the Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors.

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Michael P. Schmiedt

Michael P. Schmiedt

Mike is a lifelong resident of South Sioux City, Nebraska. A 1991 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, he received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State College in 1985. Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as a Deputy Dakota County Attorney and a probation officer for the State of Nebraska. Mike is a shareholder and serves on the firm’s management committee. Mike’s practice includes insurance defense, corporate municipal law, personal injury, and wrongful death. He also handles all aspects of business litigation and other disputes.

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Marci L Iseminger

Marci L. Iseminger

Marci L. Iseminger is a shareholder with Crary Huff. Marci was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1992 and in Iowa in 1999. Her general practice includes, but is not limited to, employment, subrogation, real estate foreclosure, bank collections, insurance, personal injury and trial law.

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Sabrina L. Sayler

Sabrina L. Sayler

Sabrina LaFleur-Sayler is a Partner in the Litigation Team at Crary Huff Law Firm specializing in Domestic Relations and Family Law cases and Civil Litigation cases. She practices primarily out of our South Dakota office and works tirelessly to ensure her clients understand at the outset how their case will progress and continues to keep them informed every step of the way. She believes regular and open communication is the key to her client’s success.

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David Briese

David’s civil litigation practice consists of representing plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases, collection actions, business litigation, property disputes, and many others. David’s criminal practice consists of representing people accused of crimes in state court in Iowa and Nebraska. David has successfully defended cases ranging from traffic tickets to felonies. David also practices municipal law and provides legal services to municipalities in Iowa and Nebraska.

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john himes

John M. Himes

From 2017-2018, John served as a law clerk in Iowa District 2B based in Nevada, Iowa. He then served as law clerk at the Iowa Court of Appeals, primarily to the Honorable Chief Judge David Danilson. Upon completion of this clerkship, he joined the Crary Huff Law Firm.

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Sharese A. Whitesell

Sharese A. Whitesell

Sharese has extensive experience handling divorces, custody cases, modifications, child support cases, criminal defense, business litigation, worker’s compensation, employment law, corporate/business law, real estate, and estate planning. She has successfully argued in front of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Courts and Court of Appeals of both Iowa and Nebraska. She strongly believes in developing a positive relationship with her clients through open communication and setting realistic expectations. While most matters may often be settled outside of the courtroom, she is not afraid to fight in the courtroom when her client’s needs require it and strive for the very best results possible.

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Blake C. Miller

Blake C. Miller

Blake Miller is an attorney in the litigation group at Crary Huff Law Firm. Blake was admitted to practice in Iowa in 2017 and Nebraska in 2018. He is a member of the Iowa and Nebraska State Bar Associations. Before joining Crary Huff Law Firm, Blake served as an assistant county attorney in Harlan, Iowa.

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