Phone: (515) 558-0116

699 Walnut Street, Suite 2000

Des Moines, IA 50309

John Templer Jr.

Current Employer:

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Construction


John has practiced in this area for over 35 years.

Work History:

Past Chair: Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Construction and Surety Law Practice Group; Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., (2004- ); Shareholder (1987-2003), President (2000-03), Pingel & Templer, P.C., West Des Moines, Iowa; Partner ( -1987) Davis, Hockenberg, Wine, Brown, Koehn & Shors, P.C., Des Moines, Iowa; U.S. Army: 1969-1971


Served as American Arbitration Association arbitrator on major cases, including: $100 million claim regarding hotel/office building project in Kansas City, Missouri, involving over 500 claims; Multimillion dollar claim involving hotel construction in Chicago by Owner vs. Architect (chair of panel); Multimillion dollar claim against contractors and design professionals regarding construction of new private high school in Houston, TX. (chair of panel); Multimillion dollar claim against contractor and vendor involving construction and failure of nation’s largest inflatable indoor athletic facility in Pennsylvania.


AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Construction Law (2003-2017); Named as 2013′s “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Construction Law; Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Construction Litigation (2007, 2009-2016).


Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (Committees: Construction Arbitration, Judicial Education); American Arbitration Association (Construction Panel Arbitrator); American Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; Forum on the Construction Industry); Associated General Contractors of America; Construction Specifications Institute (Iowa Chapter Board of Directors); Iowa State Bar Association (Chair: Construction Law Section Council, 2015-; Chair: Construction Law Council Section Legislative Sub-Committee, 2014-2015; Member since inception); Master Builders of Iowa (Legislative Committee); Mechanical Contractors of Iowa. -National Arbitration Forum -Polk County Bar Association


J.D. University of Iowa College of Law, with high distinction, 1974; B.A. University of Iowa, 1972 (Copy Editor and Features Editor: The Daily Iowan, 1971-1972)


Co-Presenter, "Construction Case Law Update" Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, April 2017; Co-Presenter, "Understanding Construction Arbitration," Master Builders of Iowa Annual Seminar, Altoona, Iowa, February 2017; Presenter, "Construction Ethics" Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Seminar, February, 2016.


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