Tom Newkirk - Civil Rights, Employment & Discrimination Attorneys | Newkirk Zwagerman

Tom Newkirk


Phone: (515) 883-2000

Thomas Newkirk focuses exclusively in the areas of plaintiff-oriented civil rights and employment law.  Tom's primary although not exclusive focus within discrimination law is the representation of African Americans and women in their pursuit of an equitable share of the benefits of American society.

Tom has been working for the past several years on practice methods that are better designed to deal successfully with the changing realities of modern cases of racism, sexism, and hidden bias.

Prior to 1995, Tom engaged in the solo practice of law and performed one year of service for the Story County Legal Aide Society.  Immediately out of law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Schlegel of the Iowa Court of Appeals.  He was later asked to serve under Judge Rosemary Sackett, also of the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Tom holds degrees from Drake University and Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was admitted before the courts of the State of Iowa in 1989.  He is also admitted to practice in both Federal District Courts in Iowa, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Current professional affiliations include the National Employment Lawyers Association, and Iowa Employment Lawyers Association, for which he has been an officer for several years.

Tom currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he and his wife are raising three children to be enlightened and respectful to all walks of life.

Areas Of Practice: 
Employment Law
Civil Rights

Bar Admissions: 
State of Iowa (1989) 
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (1990) 
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (1996) 
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1998)

Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D. (1989) 
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, B.A. in Political Science (1986)

Published Cases:
Couch v. Iowa Dept. of Human Services, 888 N.W.2d 682 (Table), 2016 WL 5930340 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016)
Rennenger v. Manley Toy Direct L.L.C., 161 F.Supp.3d 719 (S.D. Iowa 2015)
Colbert v. State, 859 N.W.2d 672 (Table), 2014 WL 5861777 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014)
Pippen v. State, 854 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 2014)
Clay v. Credit Bureau Enters., Inc., 754 F.3d 535 (8th Cir. 2014)
Gurley v. FedEx Ground Package Systems, Inc., 874 F.Supp.2d 803 (S.D. Iowa 2012)
Clay v. Credit Bureau Enters., 882 F.Supp.2d 1083 (N.D. Iowa 2012) 
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)
Roberts v. USCC Payroll Corp., 635 F.Supp.2d 948 (N.D. Iowa 2009)
Beekman v. Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., 635 F. Supp. 2d 893 (N.D. Iowa 2009)
Gilbert v. Des Moines Area Community College, 495 F.3d 906 (8th Cir. 2007)
Williams v. Hawkeye Community College, 494 F. Supp. 2d 1032 (N.D. Iowa 2007)
Carrington v. City of Des Moines, 481 F.3d 1046 (8th Cir. 2007) 
Tiffey v. Speck Enterprises, Ltd., 418 F. Supp. 2d 1120 (S.D. Iowa 2006)
Bainbridge v. Loffredo Gardens, Inc., 378 F.3d 756 (8th Cir. 2004) 
Pruett v. Krause Gentle Corp., 226 F. Supp. 2d 983 (S.D. Iowa 2002) 
Ross v. Garner Printing Co., 285 F.3d 1106 (8th Cir. 2002) 
Berkey v. Henderson, 120 F. Supp. 2d 1189 (S.D. Iowa 2000) 
Kerns v. Capital Graphics, Inc., 178 F.3d 1011 (8th Cir. 1999)

Birth Information: 
August 18, 1964, Spokane, Washington, United States of America




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