Thomas W. Lipps

Thomas W. Lipps

Algona, Iowa

Thomas W. Lipps has practiced in Algona, Iowa, since 1984 and handles civil litigation matters which are often personal injury or insurance disputes. Mr. Lipps is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His cases include representing the plaintiffs who recovered what were reported to be the record highest and second highest jury verdicts in Kossuth County District Court history and one reported national record. In August of 2000, he represented the plaintiff in a jury trial who recovered what was reported to be the highest punitive damage award - $500,000 - in Kossuth County District court history. In October of 2002 he represented the Plaintiffs who obtained a thirty-three million dollar ($33,000,000.00) jury verdict in an environmental pollution case which was reported to be a national record.

Mr. Lipps has represented farm families who have been damaged by air pollution generated by factory style livestock facilities. In March of 2000 in the case of Howard v. Sunrise Farms his clients recovered a money judgment against a corporate farm in one of the first cases to go to trial since the onset of large scale factory farms in Iowa. For this case Mr. Lipps received the 2000 Public Justice Award from the Iowa Trial Law Association.

Mr. Lipps has also represented several farm families in a successful constitutional challenge overturning an Iowa law that prevented the public from holding corporations responsible for air pollution. (Gacke v. Pork Xtra, L.L.C., 684.NW 2d 168, 2004).

Mr. Lipps has been active in the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association serving on the Board of Governors for Judicial District 3A which is in Northwestern Iowa.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation Law
  • Civil Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1981
  • Nebraska, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1987


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of Nebraska
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Agriculture


  • Livestock Confinement & other Nuisance Suit Litigation, Iowa Association for Justice, Annual Meeting, November 5, 2015
  • Settlements, Perfecting, Enforcing and Avoiding Pitfalls, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 26, 2010
  • Livestock Confinement & other Nuisance Suit Litigation, 2007 Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers seminar, March 1, 2007
  • Agricultural Law Update, 2006 Lawyers, Chautauqua, June 2, 2006
  • Factory Farm Nuisance Suit Litigation, YLD Summer Seminar, August 1, 2003
  • Update on Factory Farm Nuisance Suit Litigation, Third Judicial District Lawyers Chautauqua, June 1, 2002
  • Fault in the Context of the Family Relationship, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Seminar, May 31, 2000
  • Preparation of the Livestock Confinement Factory Farm Nuisance Case, Iowa, Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Ways To Win With Todays Jurors, November 3, 2000
  • Presenting the Adult Child's Claim for Loss of Parental Consortium, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Turning the Tables on the Insurance Industry in Your Next Auto Case, July 28, 2000
  • Investigation and Preparation of a Railroad Grade Crossing Collision Case, Iowa Third Judicial District Lawyer's Chautauqua, June 5, 1999
  • What You Should Know About Uninsured, Underinsured and Medical Payment Coverage, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicle Litigation in Iowa, September 11, 1998
  • Open the Door When Opportunity Knocks-Use of Admissions in Automobile Negligence Cases, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, How to Get the Verdict You Want, May 10, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • 2000 Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Public Justice Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1998 - 2004
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1987 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1988 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1981 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member, 1979 - Present
  • Kossuth County Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Kossuth County Bar Association, Secretary, 1989-1999; President 2005-2007


  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Phi Delta Phi