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Our Des Moines Attorneys - Gary Dickey Jr.

Gary Dickey Jr.
Gary Dickey Jr.
301 E Walnut St, Suite 1
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Tel: 515.288.5008
Fax: 515.288.5010
A founding member of Dickey & Campbell, Mr. Dickey has been licensed to practice law in Iowa since 2002. Upon graduation from Drake University Law School, he served as clerk to Honorable Harold Vietor, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa where he worked closely with the judge to prepare judicial opinions, orders, and memoranda on complex issues of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, torts law, as well as other areas.

Mr. Dickey practiced briefly with the Bull Law Office P.C. in Des Moines before joining the office of Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson as general counsel in October of 2004. While with the Governor’s Office, Mr. Dickey crafted Executive Order No. 42, which restored the right to vote in Iowa for tens of thousands of ex-felons that had already completed their sentences. He successfully represented Governor Vilsack in court in defense of the executive order in the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County. He also served as an ex-officio member of the legislative Administrative Rules Review Committee. In September of 2005, Gary assumed the additional responsibilities as policy director and represented the Governor on legislative and budget issues.

In January 2007 he joined the Iowa Department of Economic Development were he served as a Division Administrator, coordinating their commercialization efforts in the advanced manufacturing, bioscience, and information technology industries. As a registered lobbyist for the department, Mr. Dickey drafted HF 829 and helped the Governor’s Office with the passage of Iowa’s Energy Independence Act.
Drake University Law School, J.D.
High Honors, Order of the Barrister,
Drake Law Review Junior Staff, Student Bar
Association President,
Martin Tollefson Award
William & Ellen Cooney Hoye Award

Drake University, B.S.B.A.
Magna Cum Laude
Corporate Finance/Insurance
General Practice, including:
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law and Executive Clemency
  • Civil Rights
  • Government Affairs
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Administrative Law
  • State of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court
    District of Iowa
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
Associations and Memberships:
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • ISBA Young Lawyers Division,
    Former District Representative
  • South Suburban YMCA,
    Board of Directors
  • Drake Board of Counselors
    Former Member
  • Southwestern Hills Neighborhood
    Association, Past Board Member
  • Friend of AFSCME Award

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