News and Events

Attorney Tom Hobart Named Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Litigation in the Area

Thomas D. Hobart was recently named the Best Lawyers 2017 Cedar Rapids Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. Congratulations, Tom!


Pro Bono Honor Roll

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer attorneys Douglas D. Ruppert, Thomas D. Hobart, Timothy J. Krumm, Catherine S. Gerlach, and Kelli N. Lang were named to the 2015-2016 Iowa State Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll recognizes Iowa attorneys who assist low-income Iowans in accessing the Iowa civil judicial system. Please see the Iowa Lawyer magazine article for more information.


Catherine Gerlach and Sean Wandro Present CLE on Real Estate and Probate Law

Attorneys Sean Wandro and Catherine Gerlach recently presented seminars at the Iowa State Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division Nuts and Bolts Seminar in Coralville, Iowa. Wandro presented on Real Estate 101 and Gerlach presented on Estate Planning 101. 


Listed in the Best Lawyers in America®

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. takes great pride in announcing the attorneys that have been acknowledged in the publication The Best Lawyers in America.  This prestigious recognition is one of the highest honors a practicing attorney can achieve.  The 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2016) includes 50,178 attorneys in 128 practice areas and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

  • Robert N. Downer — Corporate Law, Trusts & Estates, Trusts & Estates Litigation
  • Thomas D. Hobart — Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Municipal and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Douglas D. Ruppert — Real Estate Law
  • Timothy J. Krumm — Business Organizations including LLCs and Partnerships, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law

Wandro Named Summer of the Arts Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Sean Wandro, who was recently named Volunteer of the Year for the 2016 Summer of the Arts festivals. Sean worked as a volunteer over multiple festivals and managed other volunteers for the organization. Meardon, Sueppel & Downer is a proud sponsor of the Summer of the Arts Volunteers and continues its commitment to the organization annually.


RND Conference Room Opening Reception

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer held a reception honoring the contributions of Bob Downer to the firm. During the reception, the firm unveiled his portrait, which will hang in the firm conference room bearing his name. 

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Krumm and Wandro Presentation at Iowa Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals Event

Attorneys Tim Krumm and Sean Wandro presented on Vehicles for Charitable Giving, including a discussion on Private Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Not for Profit Entities. The Iowa Association of Legal Assistants.Paralegals (IALA.P) 2016 Spring Seminar was held on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. IALA.P is the leading professional organization for legal assistants and paralegals and provides educational events at the local, regional, and statewide levels.


Downer Named as President of Hoover Presidential Foundation

Bob Downer was recently named President of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation. His term will continue through 2017, and he previously served the organization as Vice President. The Hoover Foundation works together with the National Archives Records Administration, the National Park Service, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The Hoover Presidential Library, Museum, birthplace, and gravesite are in West Branch, Iowa. 


Meardon, Sueppel & Downer sponsors Shelter House "Ties that Bind" Event

The firm continues its commitment to the mission, programs, and services provided by Shelter House by sponsoring the first annual "Ties that Bind" community event. Proceeds from the event directly support and make possible programs and services that help hundreds of men and women move beyond homelessness each year. Learn more about Shelter House and the event here.


Downer Shares Ideas With Corridor Leaders

Bob Downer was one of nine Corridor area leaders to share "90 Ideas in 90 Minutes" with the Corridor Business Journal on March 2, 2016 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Each leader shared ten of their most successful programs, initiatives, and ideas that could be applied in any business setting. 


Firmwide Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County in the 2016 Bowl for Kids Sake event. Funds raised during Bowl for Kids Sake help connect 900 local youth with mentors and role models, whose nurturing, encouragement, and support have proven to have a lasting, positive influence on the children in the program.  Administrator Rick Hill and attorneys Sean Wandro and Kelli Lang represented the firm at the event this year, along with their families and friends.

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Corridor Business Journal Economic Forecast Luncheon Sponsor

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. is proud to partner with the Corridor Business Journal for another year as a sponsor of the annual Economic Forecast Luncheon. This year's event includes a keynote address by Charlie Evans of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and another lively panel discussing the economic future of the area and challenges they see facing their industries and the Corridor. The event will be held on January 13, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, click here


Managing Member

William J. Sueppel was re-elected managing member of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C.