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Jill Zwagerman



Phone: (515) 883-2000
E-mail: jzwagerman@newkirklaw.com

Jill Zwagerman was born and raised in Sibley, Iowa. She attended Drake University where she earned a degree in broadcast news while also participating on the track team. After working in human resources for two years, Jill returned to Drake University where she earned her law degree in 2004. 

Jill graduated with honors, was president of Drake Law Women, articles editor on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Secretary of Delta Theta Phi, and Moot Court Team Captain.

Jill is currently a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Eighth Circuit NELA Board, Iowa NELA, Iowa Bar Association, Iowa Association for Justice, and Polk County Women Attorneys.  She is also a member of Blackstone Inn of Court.  Jill is focusing much of her practice on helping employees who have been harassed based upon their sex, age, race, disability or religion, and on retaliation.

Jill lives in Ankeny, Iowa with her husband Scott and three children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, kickboxing, and boating at Okoboji.

Areas of Practice:

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Civil Rights

Bar Admissions: 

  • State of Iowa (2004)  
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2004) 
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2004) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (2005)

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D. with honors (2004) 
    • President, Drake Law Women
           Order of the Barristers
           Articles Editor, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
           Captain, Moot Court Team
           Secretary, Delta Theta Phi
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, B.A. in Broadcast News (1999) 
    • Drake University Women's Track Team Captain
    • Student Athletic Advisory Board Co-Chair

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • ISBA Labor and Employment Seminar April 2012 "Changes in the Wind of Whistleblowing""
  • Eighth Circuit NELA Conference: April 2012, "Whistleblowers; With Recent Changes Could Whistleblowing Be More than Just Hot Air?"
  • Drake Law School: November 2011, "Civil Rights: Who Will Answer the Call?"
  • Polk County Women Attorneys May 2010 Luncheon, "Good Direct Examination Skills and Proper Objections"
  • Iowa State Bar Association 2010 Bridge the Gap Seminar, "Americans With Disabilities Act"
  • Iowa State Bar Association 2009 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, "RIFs, Furloughs and Other Ways to Reduce the Workforce and/or Reduce the Cost of the Workforce (Plaintiff's perspective)"

Professional Association and Memberships:

  • Eighth Circuit NELA Board Member (2011-present)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (2004 - present)
  • IOWA NELA (2004-present)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (2004 - present)
  • Iowa Association for Justice (2006 - present)
  • Polk County Women Attorneys (2004 - present)
  • Blackstone Inn of Court (2006-present)

Published Cases:  
Couch v. Iowa Dept. of Human Services, 888 N.W.2d 682 (Table), 2016 WL 5930340 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016)
Rivera v. Woodward Resource Center, 865 N.W.2d 887 (Iowa 2015)
Rennenger v. Manley Toy Direct L.L.C., 161 F.Supp.3d 719 (S.D. Iowa 2015)
Dindinger v. Allsteel, Inc., 860 N.W.2d 557 (Iowa 2015) 
Goodpaster v. Schwan's Home Service, Inc., 849 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 2014)
Ackelson v. Manley Toy Direct, L.L.C., 832 N.W.2d 678 (Iowa 2013)
Rivera v. Woodward Resource Center 830 N.W.2d 724 (Iowa 2013)
Bosley v. Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., 705 F.3d 777 (8th Cir. 2013)
Haviland v. Catholic Health Initiatives - Iowa, Corp., 729 F.Supp.2d 1038 (S.D. Iowa 2010)
Haviland v. Catholic Health Initiatives - Iowa, Corp., 692 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D. Iowa 2010)
Beekman v. Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., 635 F. Supp. 2d 893 (N.D. Iowa 2009)
Conrad v. Iowa Central Community College 756 N.W.2d 48 (Table), 2008 WL 2746324 (Iowa App. 2008)
Gilbert v. Des Moines Area Community College, 495 F.3d 906 (8th Cir. 2007)
Raymond v. U.S.A. Healthcare Center-Fort Dodge, L.L.C., 468 F. Supp. 2d 1047 (N.D. Iowa 2006)
Tiffey v. Speck Enterprises, Ltd., 418 F. Supp. 2d 1120 (S.D. Iowa 2006)
Jensen v. Prime Time Ltd., 728 N.W.2d 223 (Iowa Ct. App. 2006)
Nuzum v. Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., 432 F.3d 839 (8th Cir. 2005)
Dietrich v. Liberty Square, L.L.C., 230 F.R.D. 574 (N.D. Iowa 2005)



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