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Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Contact Information

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
115 Third Street SE
Suite 1200
Cedar Rapids IA 52401-1266
Work (319) 366-7641
Fax (319) 366-1917

Practice State



Alternate Dispute Resolution


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Legal Organizations

American Bar Association, 1985-Present; Family Law Section (1994-Present); Dispute Resolution Section (2010-Present); Litigation Section (1985-2010);

Iowa State Bar Association 1985-Present; Board of Governors (2012-2015); Family and Juvenile Law Section (1994-Presnt); Section Council (2002-2005; 2010-Present); Reporter, Chapter 11 Study Group (2008-2011); Co-Chair, ADR Committee (2004-Present); Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2010-Present); Litigation Section (1985-2010); Specialization Committee (2001-2003);

Linn County Bar Association 1985-Present;

Sixth Judicial District 2002-Present; Member, Mediation Advisory Committee (2007-Present); Member, Family Law Procedures Committee (2002-2006);

Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa, Inc. 2002-Present; Board President (2002-2005);

Association of Family and Concilliation Courts 2002-Present

Iowa Association of Mediators 2010-Present;

Iowa Assoicatio of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc. 1988-2011.








2013 The Best Lawyers in America-Family Law Mediation.

CLE Presentations

Iowa State Bar Association

2011 Annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar "The Best of the Best in Family Law Cocuments";

2010 annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar "Effective Discovery in Family Law Cases"

2008 2nd Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar "Revies of Iowa Rule of Court Chapter 11:  Governing Standards of Practice for Lawyer Mediators in Family Law Disputes"

2008 Annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar "Collaborative Law-It's not an Oxymoron"

2008 Fall Traveling Seminar "Straight Talk (Bench Bar)"

Iowa Association of Mediators

2012 Annual Summer Conference "Reflections on the Impact of Chapter 11"

2010 Annual Summer Conference "Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators" Panel Presentation and Discussion

Iowa Trial Lawyer's Association

2006 Annual Family Law Seminar "Mediation Issues for Family Law Practitioners"

2004 Annual Family Law Seminar "Trends in Shared Care and Extraordinary Visitation"

Iowa Legal Aid

2006 Ethical Issues, Contemporary Dissolution Problems, and Unique Aspects in Representing New Iowans "Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients with Limited English Proficiency"

Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa

2013 Hot and Timely Topics in Family Law

National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

2008 Equitable Divorce Settlements

2007 Family Law Update

2006 Negotiating the Best Possible Settlement for Your Clients in Iowa Dissolution of Marriage "Fairly Dividing Your Assets and Liabilities"

2004 Iowa Family Law Practice "Family Law Update"; Handling the Divorce Case", and "Child, Custody, and Visitation Issues"

2004 Complex Issues in Divorce for the Iowa Practitioner

"Asset and Liability Division and Spousal Support/Maintenance"; "Child Custody and Support"; and "The Lawyer's Ethical Responsibility During Dissolution of Marriage"

2003 Family Law In Iowa "Family Law Developments"; "Initial Considerations"; and "Consideerations in Child Custody"

2002 Family Law Litigation In Iowa "The Initial Interview"

2001 Handling Your First Divorce Case "Initial Considerations-What to Do When You Take Your First Divorce Case"

2000 Family Law Litigation in Iowa "The Initial Interview, Overview, Control and Focus"

2000 Child Custody and Time Sharing in Iowa "Federal and International Law Governing Parental Rights and Responsibilities"

1993 Worker's Compensation.




Supreme Court Should Develop, Implement a Uniform Statewide Mediation/settlement Conference Option in Civil Domestic Cases, Iowa Lawyer, Mar. 2012, 10-11.

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