William W. Graham

  • Trials and Appeals in State and Federal Courts
  • Business, Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Civil Rights and Discrimination Litigation
  • Matrimonial Litigation
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation

Bill Graham has practiced law in Des Moines for over 35 years representing businesses, farming operations and individuals involved in a wide range of disputes and transactions throughout Iowa. His law practice is quite broad. In helping his clients solve problems and achieve desired results, Bill provides years of experience and expertise in multiple legal disciplines.

Bill maintains an extensive trial practice arguing cases before judges and juries across the state of Iowa in both state and federal courts. Throughout his career, it has been his privilege to vigorously and successfully advocate for clients involved in a wide spectrum of cases, from complex business and commercial disputes to personal injury and professional liability claims, as well as employment, construction, product liability, family law and estate and trust litigation. Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and he has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Bill also counsels many clients on legal issues involving corporate, business and personal matters outside the trial arena. He enjoys valued and long-standing relationships with business clients, particularly closely held and family businesses who rely on his guidance, advice and representation in corporate, transactional, personal and family matters. Bill’s corporate and business practice has also encompassed numerous corporate mergers, sales and acquisitions. Clients preparing to sell their businesses have engaged Bill as their attorney in transactions totaling well over $150 million.

Bill has earned an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating available, from the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory, a rating that reflects both his high degree of legal ability as well as his close adherence to high standards of professional ethics and responsibility.

  • Boston College Law School (J.D. 1977)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A. cum laude, 1974)
Bar Admissions:
  • Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations:
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court (Master, C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer selection in areas of General Litigation, Business Litigation and Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America selection in area of Litigation – Labor and Employment