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John C. Gray

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South Dakota
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals



John Gray is a trial attorney who has represented individuals and companies in state and federal courts in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota for more than 35 years, particularly in the defense of professional malpractice claims, and in insurance law, business and personal injury litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. John also represents these clients in mediation and arbitration.

Before joining the Heidman Law Firm, John served as a law clerk first to The Honorable Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and then to The Honorable Louis Schultz, Iowa Supreme Court.


University of Iowa, Juris Doctor 1981
University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts 1978


Professional Organizations

American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Association
South Dakota State Bar Association
Woodbury County Bar Association – former President
Iowa Defense Counsel Association


Special Recognition

American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
Best Lawyers in America – Medical Malpractice Defense
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
Iowa State Bar Association – Community Service Award 2003

Iowa Judicial Nominating Commissioner


Community Involvement

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Loess Hills Sierra Club
Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park, Inc. 
Siouxland Trails Foundation

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