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Craig & Nancy Willis honored with U of I Distinguished Alumni Hickerson Recognition Award

The University of Iowa has awarded Craig and Nancy Willis with the Distinguished Alumni Hickerson Recognition Award. The Distinguished Alumni Hickerson Recognition Award is granted to graduates or former students for outstanding contributions to the University of Iowa. This award is named in honor of the late Loren Hickerson (40BA) the University of Iowa's first full-time alumni director and an ardent champion of Iowa. The Willises commitment to our community and The University of Iowa is beyond inspiring, thank you for all you do!

Welcome Craig Willis, Nancy Willis and Security Abstract Company

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. is proud to announce that Craig Willis and Nancy Willis have recently joined our law firm. In addition, the members of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer have acquired Security Abstract Company. We are extremely pleased that Craig and Nancy will be continuing their legal practices with our firm and we look forward to continuing the high quality abstracting services for which Security Abstract Company has been known under their leadership.

For the time being, the Willis’ and Security Abstract Company will continue to be located at 500 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City.  In the near future we anticipate that they will be joining us at our location, 122 S. Linn Street. For now, please continue to contact Willis & Willis and Security Abstract Company at 319-337-9621 or visit their website at

About Security Abstract Company:

Security Abstract Company was established in 1898 and has been in continuous operation since that time. Craig Willis and Nancy Willis purchased the business in 1977. Security Abstract Company has invested in this community. Security Abstract and its owners have a history of and continue to be major contributors to the following community activities/entities:

  • United Way
  • Iowa City Public Library
  • Project Green
  • The University of Iowa Foundation
  • Riverside Theatre
  • Mercy Hospital Foundation
  • Special Olympics
  • River City Juniors Volleyball
  • Iowa City Community School Board
  • Iowa City Parks & Recreation Commission
  • UIHC Statewide Friends Group

Security Abstract Company's commitment and beliefs are that these contributions enhance the overall quality of life and prosperity of the community and translate directly into enhanced real estate values for the benefit of buyers and sellers.

In 2019 Craig and Nancy Willis were awarded The Distinguished Alumni Hickerson Recognition Award from the University of Iowa. This award is granted to graduates or former students for outstanding contributions to the University of Iowa. In the past they have also been awarded the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in 1998 and The Russell D. Slade Volunteerism Award in 2003. Security Abstract Company was the recipient of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award in 1999.

Attorney's Tom Hobart and Jim McCarragher honored by The Johnson County Bar Association

The Johnson County Bar Association recently honored Thomas D. Hobart and James D. McCarragher for their service of 45 years to Johnson County. The event honorees included several luminaries of the bar and bench. Congratulations Tom and Jim!

Attorney Bob Downer inducted into Eastern Iowa Corridor Business Hall of Fame

Attorney Bob Downer has been inducted into the Eastern Iowa Corridor Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa. Each year three business and professional leaders are inducted from around the Corridor. The 19th annual Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Corridor Business Hall of Fame took place on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. 

Attorney Tim Krumm recognized as 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" 

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C.  would like to congratulate Tim Krumm on being recognized as one of the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award recipients for his work in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) in Cedar Rapids. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" award.

Recognized in the 25th Edition of 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 2019 Best Lawyers in America is based on more than 7.8 million evaluations and recognizes more than 60,000 attorneys in 145 practice areas.

  • Robert N. Downer — Corporate Law, Trusts & Estates, Trusts & Estates Litigation
  • Douglas D. Ruppert — Real Estate Law
  • Timothy J. Krumm — Business Organizations including LLCs and Partnerships, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law