James A. Gerk graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction in 1980. He was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Corporation Law. Mr. Gerk clerked for Simmons Perrine during law school and then joined the firm in 1980.
Since then he has developed a significant litigation and trial practice, primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. Mr. Gerk has represented hundreds of physicians, hospitals and their professional liability insurance carriers in medical malpractice cases. During his career, he has successfully defended many health care providers in trials throughout the state.
In 1994 Mr. Gerk became a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, as well as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2002 in New York City.
During his spare time, Mr. Gerk has enjoyed adventure travel around the world, including high-altitude treks and some mountain climbing. He has been to the North Pole. Mr. Gerk has competed in triathlons since 1983.
Mr. Gerk has also been active in the community, serving on the boards of many non-profit organizations.
Place of Birth
Mason City, Iowa
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Holtman and Stone make Iowa’s Top 10 Attorney List
22 SPMB attorneys included in 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers®
Attorneys Stephen Holtman and Roger Stone were recently named Iowa Top 10 Attorneys by Super Lawyers® 2013. Additionally, 22 SPMB attorneys were included in 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers® lists.
Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
Attorneys, Christine Conover, Matt Hektoen, Jacob Koller and Carrie Thompson were selected as 2013 Great Plains Rising Stars®. Rising Stars candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Iowa are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Friday, August 16, 2013
ROBERTS AND STONE NAMED BEST LAWYERS® 2014
Two new attorneys selected and 19 make a reappearance on Best Lawyers in America®.
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC (SPMB) attorneys Mark Roberts and Roger Stone were recently named to the Best Lawyers® 2014 Cedar Rapids "Lawyer of the Year.” (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Mr. Roberts is being recognized for his work in Cedar Rapids Litigation - Construction and Mr. Stone for Cedar Rapids Construction Law.
In addition to the local recognition, Christine Conover and Mark Roberts were newly selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Ms. Conover was selected in the field of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Mr. Roberts in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction.
19 additional SPMB attorneys had previously been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® and will reappear in the 2014 edition: