Thomas M. Wertz

Attorney at Law

Some lawyers dabble in many different areas of the law. Not so for Tom Wertz. Shortly after moving into private practice, he turned his focus to workers' compensation, and representing injured workers. Wertz quickly recognized the need for experienced attorneys in this specialized field. His commitment has resulted in a legal practice representing injured workers for more than 35 years.

His record before the Iowa Supreme Court has led to major legal changes on behalf of injured workers. These changes include:

  • Compensation benefits for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and acute psychological injuries.
  • Home medical care for out-of-state injured workers. These workers no longer have to travel to Iowa for care.
  • Required reevaluations by insurance companies. They must now revisit denied claims when new information is received.
  • Compensation cannot be reduced because of pre-existing limitations on employment.

Education

  • College: University of Iowa
  • Law School: University of Tulsa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Association for Justice (past president)
  • Workers' Compensation section of the Iowa Association of Justice
    • Served as Chair for 10 years
    • Currently serving on the Governing Council
  • Iowa Bar Association

Matthew D. Dake

Attorney at Law

Matthew Dake was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning his degree in 1994. He then graduated from Creighton University Law School in 1997, near the top of his class.

Following law school, Dake was admitted to practice in both Iowa and Nebraska. He began practicing law in Columbus, Nebraska and moved back to Iowa in 2000. He started working with Tom Wertz, in what is now the Wertz, Dake & Anderson Law Firm. Since that time, Dake's practice has been primarily devoted to representing injured workers across the state of Iowa.

Since 2000, Dake has represented hundreds of clients at all stages of litigation--and all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court. On many occasions, he obtained awards at trial which have resulted in his clients receiving weekly benefits for the rest of their lives.

In 2008, the Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner selected Dake as one of two attorneys from across the state to investigate how injured workers are paid disability in our system. He spent hours convincing the Commissioner and the legal community that proposed changes would have resulted in a loss of benefits to injured workers. Dake's efforts were successful as the task force then voted 7-1 to keep the current system in place. This recommendation was later adopted by the Commissioner.

Dake and his wife keep very busy with their six children's activities, and their efforts serving both church and community.

Education

  • College: University of Northern Iowa
  • Law School: Creighton University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association Workers Compensation Section Council
  • National Workplace Injury Litigation Group
  • Multiple Iowa workers' compensation organizations

Awards

  • Selected as one of the nation’s Top Injured Workers’ Attorneys by the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group
  • Received the highest rating of preeminent attorney by AVVO

Daniel J. Anderson

Attorney at Law

Daniel Anderson was born and raised in southeast Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he attended law school at Drake University. After graduation, Anderson accepted a position with a large firm in Des Moines, where he practiced in litigation and workers' compensation. In 2008, Anderson began working with Tom Wertz and Matthew Dake, at what is now known as Wertz, Dake & Anderson.

"One of the best things about my job here is that I can focus exclusively on workers' compensation," he says. "I think this gives us an edge and helps us better serve our clients because you develop the best, most effective ways to handle workers' compensation claims."

In addition to his work with clients, Anderson assists with the firm's appellate work, continuing the firm's long tradition of advancing the rights of injured workers through precedent-setting judicial decisions from the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He also frequently delivers presentations to other Iowa attorneys on workers' compensation matters.

Education

  • College: University of Iowa
  • Law School: Drake University, high honors

Professional Association and Memberships

  • Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • National Workplace Injury Litigation Group
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Iowa Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Drake Law Review
  • National Moot Court Team
  • Goodman Distinguished Advocate Award
  • Davis, Brown, Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • ALDF Pro Bono Achievement Award

Shannon M. Powers

Attorney at Law

Shannon Powers was born and raised in Fort Madison, Iowa. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree at Iowa State University, she attended law school at Drake University. While in law school, Powers worked for a small firm where she was first introduced to the workers' compensation system. She found this area of the law to be both challenging and rewarding and, upon graduation, accepted a position with Wertz, Dake & Anderson.

While in law school, Powers was selected for the Drake Law Review and the Order of the Barristers, and also competed on Drake University's Mock Trial team.

Education

  • College: Iowa State University, with highest distinction
  • Law School: Drake University, high honors

Professional Association and Memberships

  • Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Iowa Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Drake Law Review
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Drake University Mock Trial Team

Contact Us

Contact Wertz, Dake & Anderson today for a free case evaluation at 319-861-3001.