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Only one attorney in the State of Iowa receives this award each year.

On 11/5/20, the Iowa Association for Justice (f/k/a the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association) named Russ Hixson, of Hixson & Brown, the Outstanding Member Award recipient for 2020.

Medical Malpractice Trail Lawyers | Top 25
The national Trial Lawyers
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Million Dollar Advocates Forum
10| Best | 2019 | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of | Personal Injury Attorneys | TM
AMERICAN JURIST INSTITUTE | TOP 10 ATTORNEYS

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J. Russell Hixson

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West Des Moines, IA

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Russ Hixson was born in Des Moines, Iowa and has lived there all his life. After graduating from Hoover High School in 1981, he attended the University of Iowa, where he obtained his accounting degree in 1986. He then attended the University of Iowa College of Law and graduated in 1989. His fields of practice include medical negligence and personal injury. He has a deep conviction for helping individuals and families that are suffering financially, emotionally and physically from the effects of medical injuries or injuries caused by motor vehicle and truck accidents.

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury

Litigation

  • 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: Accounting

Reported Cases

  • Houghton v. Sipco, Inc., 828 F.Supp. 631, 1993, S.D.Iowa
  • Haupt v. Miller, 514 N.W.2d 905, 1994, Iowa
  • City of Johnston v. Christenson, 822 N.W.2d 745, 2012 WL 4513865 (Table), 2012, Iowa App., No. 11–1832
  • Orgovanyi v. Henry County Health Center, 797 N.W.2d 131 (Table) 2010 WL 5394785, 2010, Iowa App.
  • City of Johnston v. Christenson, 771 N.W.2d 651 (Table) 2009 WL 1211868, 2009, Iowa App.
  • Shelter Mut. Ins. Co. v. Davis, 753 N.W.2d 18 (Table) 2008 WL 2200082, 2008, Iowa App.
  • Featherstone v. Hy-Vee, Inc., 720 N.W.2d 191 (Table) 2006 WL 1231662, 2006, Iowa App.
  • Shelter Mut. Ins. Co. v. Davis, 715 N.W.2d 769 (Table) 2006 WL 929239, 2006, Iowa App.
  • City of Johnston v. Christenson, 718 N.W.2d 290, 2006, Iowa
  • Baker v. Board of Adjustment, City of Johnston, 671 N.W.2d 405, 2003, Iowa
  • ACCO Unlimited Corp. v. City of Johnston, 611 N.W.2d 506, 2000, Iowa
  • State ex rel. Goettsch v. Diacide Distributors, Inc., 596 N.W.2d 532, 1999, Iowa
  • Johnson v. Johnson, 564 N.W.2d 414, 1997, Iowa
  • State ex rel. Goettsch v. Diacide Distributors, Inc., 561 N.W.2d 369, 1997, Iowa
  • United States, ex rel. Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181100, 2016, S.D. IA
  • United States, ex rel. Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, 765 F.3d 914, 2014, 8th Cir.
  • United States, ex rel. Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191747, 2012, S.D. IA
  • United States, ex rel. Hixson v. Health Management Systems, 613 F.3d 1186, 2010, 8th Cir.
  • Davidson v. Countryman, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12943, 2002, S.D. Iowa
  • Swanson v. Van Otterloo, 177 F.R.D. 645, 1998, N.D. Iowa
  • Swanson v. Van Otterloo, 993 F. Supp. 1224, 1998, N.D. Iowa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Polk County Bar Association, Member, 1989 to Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1989 to Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Member, 1989 to Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1989 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Norwalk Christian Academy, Board Member, 2015 to Present
  • Norwalk Christian Academy, Chairman of the Board, 2018 to Present
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Board Member, 3 years

Honors

  • "Top 10 Attorneys", American Jurist Institute
  • "Top 25 Trial Lawyers" Medical Malpractice, The National Trial Lawyers
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers", The National Trial Lawyers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • "10 Best Attorneys", American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
American Jurist Institute —
“Top 10 Attorneys”
American Jurist Institute
The National Trial Lawyers —
“Top 25 Trial Lawyers” – Medical Malpractice
The National Trail Lawyers | Top 25 Trial Lawyers | Medical Malpractice
The National Trial Lawyers —
“Top 100 Trial Lawyers”
The national Trail Lawyers
America’s Top 100 Attorneys
Lifetime Achievement Award
ATA Badge
American Institute of
Legal Counsel – “10 Best”
10| Best | 2016 | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of | Personal Injury Attorneys | TM
Member – Million Dollar Advocates Forum Million Dollar Advocates Forum
IAJ Verne Lawyer –
“Outstanding Member Award 2020”
Outstanding member 2020 badge

Classes and Seminars

  • Annual Convention, Presenter: "Medical Malpractice Tort Reform in Iowa, What You Need to Know", Iowa Association for Justice, 2017
  • Annual Convention, Presenter: "Iowa’s New Candor Law", Iowa Association for Justice, 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Gamble & Davis, P.C., Partner, 1989 to 1994
  • Dickenson Law Firm, Partner, 1994 to 2001

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi

Speaking Engagements

  • Iowa Association for Justice, 2018 Annual Convention, presenter: “How to make Electronic Medical Records work in your practice.”
  • Iowa Association for Justice, 2017 Annual Convention, presenter: “Medical Malpractice Tort Reform in Iowa, What You Need to Know”
  • Iowa Association for Justice, 2015 Annual Convention, presenter: “Iowa’s New Candor Law”

Board Positions

  • Providence Christian School, Founder and Board Member 2020 – present.
  • Norwalk Christian Academy, Board Member 2015 – 2020
  • Norwalk Christian Academy, Chairman of the Board, 2018 – present
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Board Member (3 years)

$5,000,000
Medical Malpractice / Birth Injury / Cerebral Palsy.

$5,000,000
Medical Malpractice / Birth related bowel injury.

$2,850,000
Medical Negligence / HELLP Syndrome / Post-pregnancy death.

$2,750,000
Motor vehicle collision / death.

$2,500,000.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death/Undiagnosed Heart Attack

$2,000,000
Professional Negligence claim.

$1,750,000
Medical Malpractice / Premature Birth / Grade IV Intra-ventricular hemorrhage / Periventricular Leukomalacia.

$1,655,000
Medical Malpractice / Gastric Bypass Surgery / Post-operative Infection.

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