Barb Diment was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and joined a long line of Hawkeyes in her family, graduating with her B.A. in Political Science and History with Honors in 1984.
She was a student of the late Professor Donald Sutherland at Iowa, who was a mentor and served as her honor’s advisor. Barb was awarded a prize for best undergraduate honors thesis for her thesis entitled, “Women and the English Will,” a study and survey of English wills representing the University’s entire collection to examine how women might direct their property to be bequeathed before women could own property.
Barb founded and served as President of the University’s Undergraduate History Society throughout her time at Iowa and was a member and officer in Iowa chapters of undergraduate History and Political Science societies, Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Sigma Alpha.
Barb followed in her interest in law to the University of Minnesota Law School where she was an Associate and Managing Editor of The Minnesota Law Review and graduated with her J.D. in 1987 with distinction.
Following law school, Barb clerked for the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Judge Donald J. Porter, and returned to Des Moines to practice law in private practice before becoming an Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney in Waterloo, Iowa, and a Deputy Lancaster County Attorney in Lincoln, Nebraska, advancing from domestic assault and misdemeanor prosecution to a general felony caseload including work in a federal-State criminal task force.
Barb brings a broad knowledge base to her practice including over thirty years of practice in civil and criminal trials representing plaintiffs and defendants. Barb was a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys representing indigent defendants in criminal cases in the Southern District of Iowa and won her clients facing lengthy sentences a succession of acquittals in federal jury trials.
Barb currently practices primarily in personal injury and workers’ compensation in Iowa and takes pride in assisting her clients to obtain the benefits they deserve. Over a career in trial practice, Barb has earned a reputation for effective advocacy and handled a broad range of civil cases in matters including employment discrimination and civil rights such as age and pregnancy discrimination, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, nuisance, premise liability, and wrongful death from serious motor vehicle accidents and in multi-party litigation. She has appeared in cases ranging claims under the Iowa drug testing statute to asbestos litigation.
Above all, Barb brings her daily commitment to do her best each day to assist her clients to navigate the challenges of the legal process and is inspired by the courage of the many Iowa families, Hawkeye friends and neighbors State-wide, that she has helped in their battles following serious injury and loss.
- Iowa, 1989
- U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts
- Nebraska, 1990 (currently inactive status)
Professional Associations & Committees
- Iowa State Bar Association; Sections Litigation and Workers’ Compensation.
- Iowa Association of Justice; Workers’ Compensation section.
- University of Minnesota
Juris Doctor – 1987
- University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Bachelor of Arts – 1984
- State of Iowa Scholar, 1980;
- Helen K. Farrel scholarship in History, 1980.
- Iowa chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984.
- VanDerGinst Law, P.C. (04/20 – present)
- Barb Diment Law P.L.C – West Des Moines, IA (12/93 – 04/20) Private legal practice in small firm setting specializing in trial practice in State and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Practice areas including personal injury, wrongful death, complex multi-party litigation, workers’ compensation, insurance law and subrogation, civil rights and employment discrimination, disability, criminal defense, and common law claims such as violations of State public policy, breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation and defamation. Substantial experience in trials, hearings, administrative proceedings and appeals.
- CJA Federal Panel Attorney, (01/95 – 01/05). Represented federal criminal suspects as appointed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa on a variety of offenses including primarily drug conspiracy cases, firearm possession and unlawful transportation of undocumented workers. Substantial trial, pretrial motion and discovery experience.
- Assistant County Attorney (12/90 -12/91), Lancaster County Attorney’s Office Lincoln, NE. Prosecution of general felony criminal cases including assistance to State- Federal narcotics task force. Case investigation, presenting evidence at preliminary hearing, trial practice and plea negotiations.
- Assistant Blackhawk County Attorney (08/89 -12/90), Waterloo, IA. Prosecutor including case investigation, witness preparation, trial and pretrial motion practice. Assigned to heavy misdemeanor schedule including assault, theft, and drug offenses. Substantial jury trial experience.
- ASSOCIATE, (10/88 – 07/89), Gamble, Riepe, Webster, Davis and Green Des Moines, IA. Associate attorney in general business litigation practice including common carrier defense, banking law and defense of commercial claims. Departed for trial experience as a county prosecutor.
- FEDERAL LAW CLERK to Chief Judge (10/87 – 10/88)
Donald J. Porter, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota. Pierre, SD. Law clerk duties including legal research and drafting legal opinions. Cases handled included crimes in Indian Country and civil litigation involving federal agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Publications & Seminars
REPRESENTATIVE CLE PARTICIPATION:
- Iowa Association of Justice, Employment Law Seminar, Pregnancy Discrimination.
- Iowa Association of Justice, Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Strategies in Section 85.27 Defense Medical Evaluations.
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Windsor United Methodist Church
- Iowa Safe Schools
- Furry Friends Refuge
- Animal Rescue League of Iowa