Professional Activities

The lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are proud to serve as leaders in the Iowa legal community. This leadership role has been exemplified by our attorneys’ professional awards, commitment to legal education, legal publications, and leadership positions in state and national trial lawyer organizations.

Commitment to Legal Education

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we have a proud history of supporting and participating in legal education programs.

LaMarca Law Group, P.C. attorneys have been invited to lecture on trial tactics and other subjects related to litigation at more than 100 seminars and programs by Iowa and national organizations providing accredited continuing legal education for lawyers, legal assistants, and legal investigators.

For over 25 years our attorneys have been involved in the education and mentoring of over 100 Drake and University of Iowa law school students participating in the firm’s highly respected law clerkship program. We strongly believe that serving as mentors to law students not only benefits the legal community, but future clients as well.

LaMarca Law Group, P.C. is an approved internship sponsor for the Legal Assistants certification program at Des Moines Area Community College.

George A. LaMarca and Philip J. De Koster have been selected as members of the Drake University Law School Board of Counselors. Each will serve a three year term. The Board of Counselors advises the Law School administration and provides long-term vision and strategy for the Law School.

Philip J. De Koster is an adjunct professor at Drake Law School in the Legal Writing program. He teaches a two-semester course focusing on memoranda and brief writing. The course also has an appellate advocacy component. The course equips first-year students with the writing and advocacy skills necessary to participate successfully in a summer internship or clerkship.

Ryan Nixon is an adjunct professor at Drake University College of Business and Public Administration in the Masters of Accounting graduate program. He is currently teaching a course focusing on accountants’ legal liability, agency law, business organizations, and securities law. The course helps prepare students for topics of law they may encounter in practice, as well as those topics covered in the CPA examination.

Gary G. Mattson has both written and lectured extensively on Iowa workers’ compensation laws and contested case presentation methods at accredited continuing education programs for Iowa attorneys.

The firm’s attorneys frequently serve as judges and coaches in law school and community “Moot Court” and ”Mock Trial” programs.

Law Student Scholarships and Awards

The firm has established the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Health Law Scholarship at Drake University Law School. In 2008, the firm implemented this scholarship with an initial endowment pledge of $150,000 to provide annual scholarships for worthy students interested in health law. This scholarship is designed to complement the Health Law and Policy Center of the Law School, which has been established to serve as a resource to the community on current issues of health law and policy. This scholarship helps Drake University Law School attract top students and to produce legally trained graduates prepared to serve and participate on matters of public health and healthcare delivery.

George A. LaMarca has established the George A. LaMarca Trial Advocacy Scholarship at Drake University Law School. In 2002, Mr. LaMarca initiated this scholarship with a total endowment of $225,000, which funds an annual scholarship to a student who has demonstrated an interest in the field of trial advocacy. Scholarship, financial need and participation in extra-curricular activities related to trial advocacy, such as Mock Trial or Moot Court, are co-equal factors in the selection of a recipient.

Philip J. De Koster has established the K.M. Waggoner Peer Mentoring Award at Drake University Law School. In 2010, Mr. De Koster initiated this endowed fund, which will provide an annual award to a student who embodies Dr. K.M. Waggoner’s spirit of mentoring and has made a significant positive impact on their fellow students through peer mentoring. The award is made annually at the Supreme Court Day celebration and is designed to further a culture of mentoring at the law school and in the legal profession.

LaMarca Law Group, P.C. annually sponsors the Iowa Supreme Court Writing Competition Award, given as part of Drake’s Supreme Court Day Celebration. Five finalists are selected by the Drake Law School faculty, and the winner is selected by the Iowa Supreme Court. The winner’s article is published in the Iowa Bar Association’s journal, The Iowa Lawyer.

Legal Publications

LaMarca Law Group, P.C. attorneys have authored over 60 articles accepted for publication by law schools and respected legal journals.

Iowa Pleading, Causes of Action and Defenses, by George A. LaMarca

This book is the premier Iowa litigation pleadings and practice manual. It is the only book of its kind, and Iowa litigators deem it to be the authoritative and reliable source for determining the proper causes of action, affirmative defenses and the required pleading language for over 200 causes of action and defenses. This highly-acclaimed book contains a combined analysis of Iowa case law, the Iowa Code and Rules of Procedure, along with key advice and forms for these actions and defenses.

While Mr. LaMarca was the principal author, many of the lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. contributed their experience, research and forms to make this a comprehensive and definitive work for Iowa litigators. For more information on this book, click here. It is used by students at both Drake University School of Law and the University of Iowa School of Law. All revenue from the sale of this book goes to support the public affairs efforts of the Iowa Association for Justice.

Trial Practice Leadership

In addition to their trial experience, the lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are active in professional organizations that are dedicated to the professional development of trial attorneys.

George A. LaMarca served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa Association for Justice for over 15 years. He has also served in all of the executive committee and leadership positions for five years leading to his election as President of that organization in 1995-96.

Mr. LaMarca serves as the National Board Representative from