Jean Z. Dickson

Jean Z. Dickson

Davenport, Iowa

Jean is from Northfield, Minnesota. A graduate of Luther College in 1989 and the University of Iowa College of Law in 1992, she joined the Betty firm in 1993. She was a judicial law clerk for the Iowa Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1993. Jean specializes in workers' compensation defense and appeals. She represents employers and carriers in both Iowa and Illinois. She has handled dozens of judicial reviews in both states. She has appeared before the Iowa Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, on appeals ranging from family law to products liability and not limited to workers' compensation.

Jean was on the Statewide Nominating Commission from 2005 to 2011, and was involved in the nomination process of a number of judges currently serving on either the Iowa Court of Appeals or the Iowa Supreme Court. She is serving her second terms on the Iowa Board of Law Examiners and the Pleasant Valley Community School District Board of Directors. She also sits on the Bettendorf Civil Service Commission. She is currently a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc. She was president of the Scott County Bar Association in 2001 to 2002, and president of the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc, in 2011-2012. Her leadership with the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation included spearheading the revision of the life and remarriage expectancy tables back in 2005-06. More recently, she has co-chaired the committee which worked with the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner to develop administrative rules to go with the recent legislative changes which took effect July 1, 2017

Jean stays busy with two children and a golden retriever.

Areas of Practice

  • Worker's Compensation
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1992
  • Illinois, 1993


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: With High Distinction
  • Luther College
    • B.A. cum laude - 1989


  • Alternate Medical Care – A View from the Trenches, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, 51st Annual Seminar, June 2013
  • Basics of Iowa Workers’ Compensation, Scott County Bar Association, December 2006
  • Insight, Ideas and Experiences” Best Defense Practices, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, April 2008
  • Iowa Agency Case Law update, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc. 23rd Annual Seminar, October 2001
  • Legal Issues Particular to Illinois in Case Management, Nurse Case Management seminar, Iowa City, October 2010
  • Motion Practice – Small to Supreme, Scott County Bar Association, April 2007
  • Subrogation – Obligations and Settlement Language, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Lawyers, Inc. 27th Annual Seminar, October 2005
  • Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?: The Ethical Approach to Handling Workers’ Compensation Cases, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Lawyers, Inc.,30th Annual Seminar, October 2008
  • Workers’ Compensation from the Defense Perspective, ITLA (now know as Iowa Association of Justice), February 2005 and August 2005
  • Workers’ Compensation Liens, Subrogation & Settlements, Iowa Defense Counsel Association 43rd Annual Meeting & Seminar, September 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Iowa Board of Law Examiners, 2012 - 2018
  • Iowa Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission, 2005 - 2011
  • SuperLawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys , President, 2011 - 2012
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Scott County Bar Association, President, 2001 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bettendorf Civil Service Commission
  • CASI (Center for Active Seniors), Board of Directors
  • Catholic Endowment Board of Iowa, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Parish Council
  • Vice-President Pleasant Valley Community School District, Board of Directors