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Mr. Smits has thirty-five years experience representing clients in civil litigation, both individually and on behalf of their insurers. A significant portion of this experience has related to construction issues, including duties and responsibilities under the contract documents and claims of defect in design, workmanship, materials, applications and procedures. The subject matter of these cases has ranged from subterranean ground preparation for airport runway or other structure to roof failure on commercial buildings. This practice has necessitated close work with specialists in various disciplines involved and understanding of code requirements and standard recommendations.

Education and ADR Training

                A. Post-secondary – University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, B.A., Political Science 1966

                B. Legal – University of Iowa College of Law – J.D. 1967

                C. Alternative Dispute Resolution

Training to be a Professional Mediator, December 7 & 8, 1994
Sponsored by ISBA Statewide Mediation Program
Resolution at the Highest Level, November 21, 1997
Sponsored by ISBA Statewide Mediation Program
Effective Mediation of Family Law Matters, 1995,
Sponsored by ISBA Statewide Mediation Program
ISBA Statewide Mediation Program Arbitration Training Institute, May 19-22, 2004
Sponsored by ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
Mediation Essentials: Mediation Essential Training, February 24-25, 2005
Sponsored by American Health Lawyers Association
Advanced Mediator Training, March 23-24, 2007
Sponsored by Association of Attorney-Mediators

Service to Bar

With an early interest in mediation as a tool for litigators, Bill chaired the ADR Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association Litigation Section. This Committee, in conjunction with the Polk County Mediation Project, organized and implemented the Iowa Statewide Mediation Program in 1994, training lawyers across the state as mediators.

As recognition of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods grew, a separate Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Iowa State Bar Association was organized, of which Bill was the first chair.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association  
       Section of Dispute Resolution  
Iowa State Bar Association  
       Alternative Dispute Resolution Section  
Nebraska State Bar Association  
Omaha Bar Association  
Pottawattamie Bar Association  
Southwest Iowa Bar Association  

Professional Admissions

Nebraska Bar, 2005;
Iowa Bar, 1967;
U.S. District Court for Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 1967.

ADR Presentations

“Dispute Resolution Alternatives” – Presentation to Southwest Iowa Lawyer League Annual Seminar, February 17, 2005
“Mediation”- Presentation to Pottawattamie County Bar Association, November 17, 2006