Bar Admissions


State of Iowa


Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa Association for Justice

American Bar Association

Favorite Historical Figures

Winston Churchill
Abraham Lincoln
John F. Kennedy

Favorite Food




Drake University Law School
Des Moines, Iowa
Juris Doctor


University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Major: Political Science

Favorite Movies

"Full Metal Jacket"
"Pulp Fiction"
"Forrest Gump"
"The King's Speech"

Favorable Outcomes

Nate's Favorable Outcomes
  • $534,671.54 jury verdict following a trial for an elderly woman who sustained permanent shoulder injuries after a negligent driver caused a motor vehicle collision by running a stop sign.

  • $150,000 recovery for a client who was injured in a multi-vehicle collision involving a farm animal that wandered onto a rural highway.

  • $105,000 recovery in a case where the client was injured in a motor vehicle collision after being cut off by a hotel shuttle van.

  • $100,000 workers' compensation recovery in a case where the injured worker sustained a permanent aggravation of a pre-existing lumbar spinal condition.

  • Favorable jury verdict while representing a FedEx delivery woman who was attacked by a dog while making a delivery.

Nate was born in Iowa City, Iowa on September 25, 1990. Less than a year later, Nate moved to Des Moines with his parents so his father could begin his first year at Drake Law School. Over the course of the next three years, Nate’s mother worked two jobs to make ends meet so Nate’s father could focus on school. After his father graduated, Nate’s family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa where Nate and his two younger brothers grew up.

As a kid, Nate spent the majority of his time with his brothers and a core group of close friends—all of whom remain in touch to this today. Together they shared a typical Iowa childhood, spending their summers outdoors and winters in basements playing video games and discussing the upcoming football season. Nate has always loved to listen and share stories with others; some of his best memories include listening to his father’s “war stories” from his days as a public defender. These stories first inspired Nate to become a trial lawyer.

After graduating high school in 2009, Nate moved back to Iowa City so he could attend school at the University of Iowa. There, Nate jumped at every opportunity that allowed him to learn or try something new. As a result, Nate worked a variety of different jobs, volunteered at multiple youth organizations, and made new friends from all over Iowa.

In 2015, Nate started at Drake Law School in Des Moines. During school, Nate was a founding member and officer of Drake’s student chapter of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), an organization that brought some the country’s most successful plaintiff’s trial lawyers to Drake for seminars and other student events. After graduating, Nate accepted a position at Spaulding & Shaull, the same place he worked as a law clerk during school.

In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading about history and politics—past presidents especially, going to plays and musicals at the Des Moines Performing Arts Center, and watching sports.

Nate loves what he does. His practice is dedicated to fighting on behalf of ordinary Iowans, many of whom have been injured through no fault of their own, and each of whom have their own unique stories to tell. Nate is committed to protecting the rights of those Iowans and making sure their stories are told—and told well.

Each case is personal for the client, which makes it personal for me."


Riley Smith

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