Firm History

The CEO’s Attorney

JEANA’S STORY

Having left an established 100-year-old law firm, Jeana Goosmann had a vision and defied the risks of starting her own firm. Initially, Jeana had enough work to hire multiple attorneys, however, she opted to hire only one lawyer and an assistant. Then came the rebranding, which she refers to as one of her best investments to date. This rebranding decision helped to define Goosmann Law Firm and what it was about, attracting clients and team members. As a result, Jeana hired up to seven attorneys and eight non-attorney staff just five years later.

Jeana’s priority has been about creating a firm culture centered around Midwest values, big city style, hometown service, team-approach, and keeping up with the pace of business. Now having grown to three locations in the Midwest, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Omaha, Jeana continues to grow the firm without plans of stopping anytime soon. She says, "With a business mindset, hiring and promoting the right people, developing a strong professional culture, and capturing hot markets, I have been able to beat the odds, defy the risks, and watch my firm grow."

THE FIRM AND OUR LOCATIONS

In May 2009, GLF first opened…moved to Suite 200 10 months later….tripling the original square footage and team members in one year. Current team members – Attorney Emilee Boyle Gehling, Senior Paralegal Monica Colella, Attorney Anthony Osborn and Law Firm Administrator Kris Craighead all joined the Goosmann Law Firm during this foundation year.

2009

In May 2009, GLF first opened…moved to Suite 200 10 months later….tripling the original square footage and team members in one year. Current team members – Attorney Emilee Boyle Gehling, Senior Paralegal Monica Colella, Attorney Anthony Osborn and Law Firm Administrator Kris Craighead all joined the Goosmann Law Firm during this foundation year.

2009

CEO Jeana Goosmann invested in downtown Sioux City by renovating the historic Lerch building. The larger building allowed for additional office space for the growing team.

2012

CEO Jeana Goosmann invested in downtown Sioux City by renovating the historic Lerch building. The larger building allowed for additional office space for the growing team.

2012

The next year in 2013, the firm opened a new office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and expanded its Sioux City team by three members and successfully opened the Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, a boutique estate and business succession planning department within the full service law firm. Shortly after the expansion to Sioux Falls, Jeana began recording The Law Review on both Sioux City KTIV and Sioux Falls KEOLAND. In the firm’s fifth year, the team had done over a billion dollars in deals with a total of fifteen members including attorney and non-attorney staff.

2013

The next year in 2013, the firm opened a new office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and expanded its Sioux City team by three members and successfully opened the Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, a boutique estate and business succession planning department within the full service law firm. Shortly after the expansion to Sioux Falls, Jeana began recording The Law Review on both Sioux City KTIV and Sioux Falls KEOLAND. In the firm’s fifth year, the team had done over a billion dollars in deals with a total of fifteen members including attorney and non-attorney staff.

2013

In 2015 the firm became certified by Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). In addition, the team continued to grow by hiring seven new employees. In 2016, the firm grew its paralegal team from two to six, totaling the GLF team to 25 members. The firm has continued to grow and has done over 2 billion dollars in deals.

2015

In 2015 the firm became certified by Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). In addition, the team continued to grow by hiring seven new employees. In 2016, the firm grew its paralegal team from two to six, totaling the GLF team to 25 members. The firm has continued to grow and has done over 2 billion dollars in deals.

2015

In 2017, the firm was voted “#1 Law Firm in Siouxland” by the Sioux City Journal’s Weekender, and officially opened its Omaha office, continuing to expand up and down the I-29 corridor. Goosmann Law Firm had its biggest year of team growth yet!

2017

In 2017, the firm was voted “#1 Law Firm in Siouxland” by the Sioux City Journal’s Weekender, and officially opened its Omaha office, continuing to expand up and down the I-29 corridor. Goosmann Law Firm had its biggest year of team growth yet!

2017

About Our Historic Downtown Sioux City Location – 410 5th Street

THE HISTORIC
LERCH BUILDING
- THE PAST

The following is partial narrative from William Lerch, son of the late William Lerch, founder of the Historic Lerch Building in Sioux City, Iowa:

According to the history of Western Iowa, the first steamboat came up the Missouri to Sioux City in spring of 1856. Steamboats, known as “mountain boats” went up the river with goods, supplies, and a few passengers and brought back valuable furs. The demand for goods from military post and mining camps further up the river increased which stimulated Sioux City growth.

When the railroad reached Sioux City in the 1860’s it became the new northern-most port for mountain bound steamboats. William may have been a crewmember of such a boat and as a result of a winter’s stay he may have decided to make Sioux City his home.

In 1868 at age 27, he settled in Sioux City. William Lerch began investing in Sioux City real estate in late 1870 at age 29. At that time, Sioux City was being touted as “the new Chicago” with an unlimited future. William concentrated his real estate acquisitions in the downtown area. Eventually, among his downtown holdings, he acquired most of the block bordered by 4th, Douglas, 5th, and Pierce streets. He built the “Lerch” building and others facing 5th Street and lived on the second floor of another building facing 4th Street.

The 1880 Federal Census listed William as a self-employed dealer in Milwaukee beer. The 1890 census listed his occupations as “Capitalist” and the 1910 Federal census listed William’s occupation as “Real Estate.”

William died of pneumonia in California April 9, 1926 at age 85. Both William and his wife Clara, as well as most of the children are buried in Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.

THE PRESENT

In 2012, Goosmann Law Firm renovated the historic Lerch Building located at 410 5th Street in downtown Sioux City.

Now, the Lerch Building proudly displays a notable icon in downtown Sioux City - the We (heart/love) Sioux City logo painted on the West façade. The design for the building incorporated a combination of historic and contemporary states and includes full renovation of the three-story exterior, as well as a large multi-story atrium space in the interior.

In 2015, the Goosmann team began to outgrow the first level space and renovated the firm’s second floor, once again incorporating modern designs with the historic charm of the building.

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