Martha L. Shaff

Martha L. Shaff

Member/Partner
Location:
Davenport, Iowa
Phone:
563-326-4491
Email:

Martha Shaff has been practicing law in Iowa since 1989 and Illinois since 1993. She joined Betty, Neuman & McMahon in 1993. She graduated with honors from Drake University Law School. Martha’s primary focus is civil litigation involving personal injury, commercial, employment, malpractice and product’s liability.

In 2008 Martha was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the College is by invitation only to persons who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years and who are recognized leaders in their local communities. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Iowa Chapter. She is the immediate past president of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and past president of the Iowa Defense Counsel.

Martha lives in Bettendorf with her husband, two children and two dogs. She enjoys running, reading and attending her children’s activities in her free time.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Malpractice
  • Insurance coverage
  • Employment Contracts and Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1989
  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Education

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Delta Theta Phi, Treasurer, 1987-1988
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, Board Member, 1988-1989
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: Drake Law Review, Staff Member, 1988 - 1989
  • St. Olaf College
    • B.A. - 1986

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 7th Judicial Nominating Committee, Member, 2000 - 2006
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers , 2008 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2002 - Present
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, President, 2016 - 2017
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Predident, 2007 - 2008
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa Supreme Court, Civil Procedure Committee, 2008 - 2014
  • Iowa Supreme Court, Judicial Task Force Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • Scott County Bar Association, Member
  • Vice Chair of American College, 2016 – present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer at Pleasant Valley Schools