We are in an age of specialization. To keep up to date on all areas of the law is practically impossible. I am a plaintiffs' trial lawyer. I can help with:

  • Car crashes
  • Work injuries
  • Defective products
  • Employment discrimination

And other types of incidents that cause physical or emotional harm.

I do not handle divorce, criminal defense, taxes or other such things. However, I am glad to refer you to a competent lawyer if you need other services, so don't hesitate to ask.


I strive to keep you informed whenever there is something important happening. I understand the importance of adequate communication between lawyer and client. Although I would like to talk to you weekly by telephone, that would not be practical; nor would it be very productive. Legal matters have a way of stretching out over long periods of time. It may seem to you that nothing is being done. In fact, much behind-the-scenes work is being done so that, on the day your case goes to trial, nothing will be overlooked.

In order to keep the cost of legal services down while at the same time maximizing communications, I will forward copies of relevant documents to you as I receive them so you can see for yourself the progress being made. This procedure helps cut down on the time and expense of telephone calls and gets the information to you in writing, so you will have time to digest its content and meaning.


I am interested in your questions. I want you to ask them. You can contact me by telephone, but unless it is an emergency the best method of communication is either regular mail or e-mail. I will do my utmost to respond to your written questions within 24 hours. You may also contact my legal assistant, Wendy Hart, if you have questions concerning the status of your case. Please remember that Wendy is not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice.

Thomas J. Duff

Thomas J. Duff

The Galleria
4090 Westown Parkway, Suite 102
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Telephone: (515) 224-4999
Fax: (515) 327-5401


Practice Areas:
Personal Injury
Auto / Car Accidents
Employment Law
Wrongful Death
Construction Accidents
Catastrophic Injuries
Product Liability
Tom was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Dowling High School, studied English at the University of Iowa and received his law degree with honors from Drake University Law School in 1988.

Tom is married to Elizabeth Flansburg, who is also a practicing attorney. Tom and Beth have two children; James is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa and Emily is a student at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.
When he is not working, Tom enjoys running, bike riding, playing softball and reading.


Drake University Law School
Des Moines, Iowa
J.D. with Honors - May 14, 1988

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
B.A. English - May 18, 1985

Honors and Organizations

Iowa Association for Justice
* President: 2009-2010
* Board of Governors/Officer: 2000-2008

2012 Key Person Award (IAJ): In recognition of dedicated and effective advocacy for the rights of injured Iowans during past sessions of the Iowa General Assembly

2011 Roxanne Conlin Public Justice Award (IAJ): In recognition of successful pursuit of litigation to improve the quality of, and access to, communications for deaf and hard-of-hearing patients

Iowa Civil Rights Commission-Mediator: April 2013 to present
Iowa Grievance Commission: 2013 to present
NAACP Legal Redress Committee: 2010 to present.
American Bar Association: 2010 to present
American Judicature Society: 2010 to present
Iowa Justice Foundation-Board of Governors: 2008 to present
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: 2008 to present
FINRA Dispute Resolution Board of Arbitrators: 2004 to present.
American Academy of ADR Attorneys (Certified Mediator 2001)
National Employment Lawyers Association (national/local): 2000 to present
Iowa State Bar Association: 1998 to present
American Association for Justice: 1994 to present
Polk County Bar Association: 1994 to present


Justice Suffers from Deep Budget Cuts, Des Moines Register (January 13, 2010).

Preventable Medical Mistakes Killing Us, Des Moines Register (September 28, 2009).

Will $250,000 Make a Person ‘Whole’? Des Moines Business Record (April 5, 2004)

Note, The Tort Liability of Mall Owners for the Criminal Conduct of Third Parties, 36 Drake L. Rev. 755 (1986-87); reprinted in, 1989 Personal Injury Review 604 (1989).


Wendy Hart

Wendy was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended East High School. She studied at Northwest Missouri State University for two years and then transferred to Iowa State University with a B.S. in Psychology.


Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
B.S. Psychology - May 10, 1997

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri


Attorney, October 2003 to present
Duff Law Firm, P.L.C.
The Galleria
4090 Westown Parkway, Suite 102
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Civil practice in both trial and appellate courts practicing in personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, civil rights and employment law.

Attorney, November 1993 to September 2003
Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3826
Civil practice in both trial and appellate courts practicing in personal injury and employment law.

Attorney, September 1989 to October 1993
Vandeventer, Black, Meredith & Martin
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Civil practice in trial and appellate courts in personal injury and workers' compensation defense.

Law Clerk, August 1988 to August 1989
The Honorable J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr.
United States District Court
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Duties included legal research and preparation of judicial opinions in the criminal and civil areas.

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court
Iowa Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court Southern/Northern Districts of Iowa
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska


Williams v. Herron, 687 F.2d 971 (8th Cir. 2012).

Buldhaupt v. City of Des Moines, 772 N.W.2d 269 (Table) (No. 08-1454) (Iowa Ct. App. July 22, 2009).

Madison v. IBP, Inc., 149 F.Supp.2d 730 (S.D. Iowa 1999), aff’d in part, rev’d in part and remanded, 257 F.3d 780 (8th Cir. 2001), cert. granted, 122 S.Ct. 2583 (2002), on remand, 330 F.3d 1051 (8th Cir. 2003).

Miller v. Woodharbor Molding & Millworks, 174 F.3d 948 (8th Cir. 1999), on remand, 80 F. Supp2d 1026 (N.D. Iowa 2000), aff’d, (8th Cir. 2001) (No. 00-2052).

Metro Machine Corp. v. Mizenko, 419 S.E.2d 632 (Va 1992).


Legislative Update (IAJ) April 23, 2010 and November 4, 2010.

Iowa Equal Pay Act (IAJ) 2010.

Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace (National Business Institute) October 27, 2008.

Winning Your First Civil Trial (NBI) December 20, 2006

Advanced Personal Injury Practice in Iowa (NBI) February 17, 2005

The Continuing Violation Doctrine in Iowa, (ITLA) April 30, 2004

Discovery in Employment Cases, (ITLA) April 25, 2003

Ethical Considerations in Employment Discrimination Cases (ITLA) June 7, 2002 and November 7, 2003

Success Against the Biomechanical Defense Expert (ITLA) August 24, 2001.

Compulsory Arbitration: NELA (local) March 30, 2001.

Personal Injury Settlements in Iowa: Practical Methods for Perfecting the Settlement of a Claim (National Business Institute) May 7, 1999 and August 23, 2002.


Legal Assistant, October 2003 to present
Duff Law Firm, P.L.C.
The Galleria
4090 Westown Parkway, Suite 102
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Secretary, Legal Assistant, November 1995 to October 2003
Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3826