David H. Goldman

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A Wide Range of Experience

David has more than 30 years of experience in employment, discrimination and civil rights law. He has represented employees and employers with an emphasis in the past 20 years in employee representation. He has experience in all facets of employee-employer litigation. David is also a trained, certified and experienced mediator. David is dedicated to making a positive difference through the careful application of insight, skill and tenacity for those he serves.

David was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Brandeis University with honors before continuing his education abroad at St. John’s College in Oxford, England.There, he studied philosophy of the mind and the problems of freedom, determinism and responsibility.

After graduate school, David worked as an instructor in Philosophy at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, teaching introduction to Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Modern Philosophy and American Philosophy. He returned to Des Moines in 1969, working first as Executive Director of Community Improvement, Inc. and then as General Manager and President of Iowa Paint Manufacturing Co., Inc. At the age of 35, David returned to school, where he earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa’s College of Law in 1977. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa the same year.

David’s law career began with the firm of Rogers, Phillips & Swanger, where he was made a partner in less than two years. In 1982, he was a founding member of Black, Reimer & Goldman, a firm practicing primarily in the fields of civil rights, employment, labor, OSHA, administrative, corporate, education and health law. He later founded David H. Goldman, P.C., where he added mediation services to his repertoire.

In 2000, David H. Goldman, P.C., merged with Babich & Renzo, which has since become Babich Goldman, P.C.

Publised Cases

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. v. Blackford, 661 N.W.2d 515 (Iowa, 2003)

IBP, Inc. v. Iowa Employment Appeal Board, 604 N.W.2d 307 (Iowa, 1999)

Valentine v. American Home Shield Corporation, 939 F. Supp. 1376 (N.D. Iowa, 1996)

Matter of Phillips, 166 B.R. 129 (S.D. Iowa, 1994)

Hunsaker v. Public Employment Relations Board 504 N.W.2d 633 (Iowa, 1993)

Greenland v. Fairtron Corporation, 500 N.W.2d 36 (Iowa, 1993)

Nicol v. Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 490 N.W.2d 565 (Iowa, 1991)

Verne R. Houghton Insurance Agency, Inc. v. Orr Drywall, Co., 470 N.W.2d 39 (Iowa, 1991)

Conaway v. Webster City Products Co., 431 N.W.2d 795 (Iowa, 1988)

Lustavitch of Iowa, Inc., et al. v. Walters and the State of Iowa, 681 F. Supp. 610 (S.D. Iowa, 1988), affid, 873 F.2d 1161 (8th Cir., 1988)

B.A.A v. Chief Medical Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals, 421 N.W.2d 118 (Iowa, 1988)

Robbins v. Easter Enterprises, Inc. 650 F. Supp. 199 (S.D. Iowa, 1985), rev’d, Robbins v. Iowa Road Builders Co., 828 F.2d 1348 (8th Cir. 1987), cert. denied, Robbins v. Easter Enterprises, Inc., 487 U.S. 1234, 108 S.Ct. 2899, 101 L.Ed.2d 933 (1988), cert. denied, Easter Enterprises, Inc. v. Robbins, 487 U.S. 1240, 108 S.Ct 2914, 101 L.Ed.2d 945 (1988)

Eswood Homes, Inc. v. Iowa Department of Job Service, 379 N.W.2d 33 (Iowa Ct. App. 1985)

Newsom v. U.S., 676 F.2d 647 (Cl. Ct., 1982)

Matter of Lewellyn, 26 B.R. 246 (S.D. Iowa, 1982)

Libe v. Board of Education of Twin Cedars Community School District, 350 N.W.2d 748 (Iowa Ct. App., 1981)

Moody v. Bogue, 310 N.W.2d 655 (Iowa Ct. App., 1981)

Jackson County Public Hospital v. Public Employment Relations Bd., 280 N.W.2d 426 (Iowa, 1979)

McFarland v. Board of Ed. Of Norwalk Community School Dist., 277 N.W.2d 901 (Iowa, 1979)

City of Des Moines v. Public Employment Relations Bd., 275 N.W.2d 753 (Iowa, 1979)

Community & Civic Service


Polk County Conservation Board/City of Des Moines Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee - Member

Bnai Jeshurun Congregation - Board Member

Served in the past:

Board of Jewish Education and Culture of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, Iowa - President

Des Moines Chapter of the American Society for Technion—Israel Institute of Technology - President - National Board Member

Des Moines Community Playhouse - Board Member

Des Moines Jewish Academy - President

Des Moines Public Schools Committee on Religion in Curriculum - Committee Member

Governor’s 1985 Iowa Trade Mission to Israel - Co-Chair

Hospice of Iowa Foundation - Board Member

Iowa Children and Family Services - Board Member

Iowa Civil Liberties Union - Vice President

Iowa Methodist Health Foundation - Board Member

Jewish Community Relations Commission of Greater Des Moines, Iowa - President

Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA) - Member of Executive Committee

Jewish Educational Service of North America, Inc. (JESNA) - Board Member

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, Iowa - Board Member - Executive Committee Member

Mid-Iowa Drug Abuse Council - Board Member

National Conference of Christians and Jews; Bishop Dingman Task Force on Human Rights - Member

Science Center of Iowa - Board Member - Vice Chair for Long Range Planning

United Way of Central Iowa - Board Member - Executive Committee Member

David H. Goldman

Contacting David H. Goldman

Phone: 515-309-6850
Fax: 515-309-6851

Areas of Practice

Employment Law
Civil Rights
Mediation Services

Bar Admissions

State of Iowa (1977)
U.S. District Courts - Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa (1977)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1977)
U.S. Court of Claims (1980)
U.S. Supreme Court (1986)


University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, J.D. (1977)
St. John’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, Graduate study in Philosophy (1964-67)
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, B.A. in Philosophy with honors (1964)

Honors & Awards

Board Certified Mediator, American Academy of ADR Attorneys, Advanced mediation training

AV® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Group & Organization Memberships

Iowa State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Polk County Bar Association

American Bar Association, Labor Law Section; Dispute Resolution Section

Iowa Trial Lawyers Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

American Academy of ADR Attorneys, Board Certified Mediator

Iowa District Court Mediation Program

Iowa Association of Mediators

Association for Conflict Resolution