Beth Flansburg

Beth Flansburg

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


Practice Areas:

Sexual Harassment
Wrongful Discharge
Personal Injury
Intentional Torts

Beth was born and raised in Des Moines and studied English and journalism at the University of Iowa. Beth worked as a reporter for the Des Moines Register before becoming an editor at The Kansas City Star.

Beth left journalism to pursue a career in the law. She received her law degree with honors from Drake University Law School in 1995. This July, Beth joined Tom and Jim at Duff Law after nearly 25 years as a member of Lawyer, Dougherty, Palmer & Flansburg, which is located in the same building and still serves as a valuable resource.


Drake University Law School
Des Moines, Iowa
J.D. with Honors – May, 1995

Smith College
North Hampton, Mass.
Certificate in Management - August 1991

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
B.A. English and Journalism – May, 1983

Honors and Organizations

Iowa Association for Justice (formerly ITLA)

Iowa State Bar Association

State Judicial Nominating Commission 5C (Elected by my peers to serve on the commission from 2010-2016.)

Iowa Civil Justice Reform Task Force (Appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2013 to co-chair the subcommittee on business courts.)

Order of the Coif 1995
Order of the Barristers 1995
Moot Court Team – Overall Best Regional Oralist 1995
AmJur Awards – Advanced Torts, Ethics, 1993, 1994
Janet Reynoldson Memorial Scholarship 1994


Attorney 2018 to present
Litigating personal injury, sexual harassment, defamation, and intentional torts, including employment discrimination and First Amendment issues.

Attorney 1995 to 2018
Lawyer, Dougherty, Palmer & Flansburg, P.L.C.
Litigated worker’s compensation, personal injury, and constitutional torts, including employment discrimination, First Amendment issues, excessive force, and invasion of privacy as a member of the firm.

Law Clerk, 1993 to 1995
Roxanne Conlin & Associates
Worked as a law clerk researching and writing briefs.

Editor, 1986-1991
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Mo.
Served as the deputy national and mid-America editor overseeing the paper’s political bureaus in Washington, D.C., Jefferson City, Mo., and Topeka, Kan.

Bureau Chief and Reporter, 1982-1986
The Des Moines Register
Served as the Bureau Chief in Iowa City as a senior at Iowa and subsequently served as a reporter in Des Moines primarily covering the courthouse, which included trials, as well as county politics.

Court Admissions

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

Published Cases

Sanon v. City of Pella (Iowa 2015)(Allowed Pella pool case in which two children drowned in violation of state regulations when they allowed them to swim in an un-lit pool at night.)

City of Des Moines v. Buldhaupt, 772 N.W. 269 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009) (Upholding jury award in an invasion of privacy case against Des Moines police.)

Annett Holdings, Inc. v. Allen, 738 N.W.2d 647 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007) (Upholding worker’s compensation commissioner award involving subject matter jurisdiction.)

American Nat’l. Can Co. v. Gilleland, (Iowa Ct. App. 2003) (Upholding worker’s compensation commissioner and district court finding that Gilleland was permanently and totally disabled because of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.)

Berreth v. Keystone Elec. Mfg. Co., 269 F.Supp.2d 1084 (S.D. Iowa 2003) (Remanded to state court after court determined wrongful discharge claim in violation of public policy did not require analysis of CBA and therefore federal court did not have jurisdiction.)

Smith v. Des Moines Pub. Schools, 153 F. Supp.2d 1044 (S.D. Iowa 2000) aff’d 8th Cir. Ct. App. 2001)(Upholding jury award of $250,000.00 in defamation claim.)

Macanich v. Federal Express, 2006 WL 5248354, No. 4:03-CV-90498RPTJS (S.D. Iowa June 30, 2006).