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Thomas J. Whorley

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U.S. Supreme Court


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals



Thomas J. Whorley has been a member of the firm since 1973.  His field of practice is general practice, including, but not limited to, estate planning, wills and probate, real estate, education law, business law, and litigation. Thomas has provided legal counsel on the behalf of K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions for many years. He has served as Iowa Department of Education, Administrative Law. Thomas has also prosecuted School Law Cases in District Court and Iowa Supreme Court and the United States Federal District Court.

Thomas was an Assistant Iowa Attorney General from 1972 to 1973 and the Sheldon City Attorney from 1974 to 1982. He is a native of Sheldon.


University of South Dakota Law School, Juris Doctor 1972

University of South Dakota, Bachelor of Arts 1969

Professional Organizations

Iowa State Bar Association

O’Brien County Bar Association, President – 1974-1984

Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel

National School Board Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys, 1976-Present

Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission (Iowa Judicial District 3A) 2009-2014

Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys, President –1993, Executive Board Member –9 years


Iowa Association of School Boards Annual Meetings and Conferences, Presenter

Northwest Iowa Community College, Iowa State University Department of Education,

Adjunct Instructor: School Law Class to PhD candidates

Author – The History of The Sheldon Community School, published 2015

Special Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™

Iowa Legal Aid Award – Pro-Bono Assistance, 2007

Governor’s Volunteer Award, 1996

Iowa State Bar Association, Community Service Award, 2002

Community Involvement

University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Trustees – 2006-2015

Sheldon Community School District Board of Education – former President

Sheldon Prairie Museum Board Member – 2013-Present

Sheldon Community Library Board – former President

Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation Board –1996-2005

Northwest Iowa Health Center Hospital Board – former President

Sheldon Community High School – Mock Trial Coach

Village Northwest Unlimited – Board of Directors

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Committee of Appeals

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