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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 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 kids and dogs. She enjoys running, biking and spending time with her children 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


  • 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
  • St. Olaf College
    • B.A. - 1986

Honors And Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations And Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer at Pleasant Valley Schools