Anthony Osborn


The Trial Advocate


Trial Attorney in Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Omaha

Anthony Osborn is a trial advocate with the grit, strategy, storytelling, and experience your litigation case needs both in and out the courtroom. He is a shareholder of the firm and has significant experience representing entities and individuals in various types of legal disputes and proceedings. Anthony provides strategic litigation advice to protect your assets as well as avoiding future lawsuits and resolving current disputes. He listens closely to you and your company’s needs to formulate a strategy to help you achieve your goals and overcome obstacles. Anthony tackles disputes regarding business, construction, insurance, real estate, product liability, torts, defamation, class action, antitrust, breach of contract, complex litigation, fraud, trade secrets, false claims, and more. Anthony also enjoys appellate law, and has argued successfully before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. That's – worth it!


Direct: (712) 226-7411

Office: (712) 226-4000

Cell: (712) 574-5125

Anthony keeps your construction projects moving forward when disputes arise before construction is completed. As a trial and construction lawyer, he is pro-active to prevent roadblocks in your planning and construction while implementing strategic and effective solutions to resolve current and foreseen issues. He represents owners, contractors, developers, architects, engineers, project managers, manufacturers, suppliers, insurers and lenders relative to various aspects of the construction industry. Anthony became particularly interested in the area of construction law as a young lawyer practicing in San Diego while working on a large number of construction lawsuits. He enjoyed learning about the different issues that arise on construction projects and has since greatly expanded his practice in the area of construction law. He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry as well as the Iowa State Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.

“I enjoy the practice of litigation and construction because I consider myself a problem-solver. I believe most problems can be resolved if everyone is reasonable and informed of all relevant facts,” says Anthony.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation/Trial Law
  • Appellate Law

LICENSED IN: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and California.

Anthony’s “Why”

Anthony and his wife, Ellen, have two children. In his free time, Anthony enjoys traveling (he makes frequent trips to Lake Okoboji, Iowa) and watching sports. In particular, he is a loyal Chicago Cubs fan! Go Cubs Go! Anthony is also involved in supporting the local community, serving as a board member or volunteer for multiple nonprofit organizations through the years.

University of Iowa College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2001

  • Member, Iowa Law Review and Moot Court Board

University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with honors, 1998

  • Dean’s List; Honors Program participant

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP: San Diego, CA

  • Litigation Associate, 2001-2003, 2006-2007
    Managed civil litigation files for regional office of national law firm, with emphasis on construction, premises liability, personal injury, products liability and professional liability matters.

McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte & Carruth, LLP: Fresno, CA

  • Litigation Associate, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Department, 2003-2006
    Represented insurers and insureds in complex state and federal court litigation with respect to various insurance coverage issues, including those surrounding construction disputes.

Hellige, Frey & Roe, RLLP: Sioux City, IA

  • Associate Attorney, 2007-2009
    Handled all aspects of civil litigation from inception through trial, with emphasis on products liability, personal injury, premises liability and professional liability disputes, and acted as general counsel to various business entities.

State: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and California

Federal: United States Supreme Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, District Courts of California, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

American Bar Association

  • Forum on Construction Law
    • SPEC Division 1 Committee Liaison

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Litigation Section
  • Construction Law Section

South Dakota State Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

Woodbury County Bar Association

Sioux City Symphony

Home Builders Association of Iowa

Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland – Secretary

Contributing author “50 State Guide”, American Institute of Architects (AIA), April 2017

Presented on behalf of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, University of Iowa School of Law, January 2015

Co-authored “How to Draft Lawsuits to Trigger Insurance Coverage,” with Anthony Lehman from DLA Piper LLP (US), published in Under Construction, the official newsletter of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Volume 15, No. 3 – July 2014

Presented at the ABA Litigation Section’s Annual Meeting, “Overwhelmed by Email? Best Practices for Ethics, Discovery and Trial Evidence,” Scottsdale, Arizona – April 2014

Editor of “The Dispute Resolver” (blog and monthly publication of Division 1 of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry), August 2011 to present

Authored “Construction Disputes: A Breeding Ground for Insurance Coverage Issues,” published in the Newsletter for Division 7 of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry – December 2013

Presented at the Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland General Membership Meeting, “Overview of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Mechanics’ Lien Laws” – October 2012

Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Attorney

AV Preeminent Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards 2017

Argued successfully before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court

Won several jury and non- jury trials

Super Lawyer 2018, Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016, 2015, 2014, & 2013

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