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Craig Nierman helps people with insurance claims including wrongful death, serious injury, and bad faith. He handles jury trials, appeals and insurance arbitration; he has obtained multiple seven-figure judgements or settlements. 


He serves nationally as an insurance expert in state and federal courts. He previously worked in claims management for one of the world’s largest insurance companies.


In 1999, Mr. Nierman graduated with high distinction from University of Iowa College of Law; he taught Insurance Law there as an adjunct professor and instructs other attorneys at conferences on insurance and injury law. The legal textbook he co-authored is now in its third edition.


Craig also speaks to law enforcement groups, college students, community organizations, and bar associations on representing human trafficking and sexual assault survivors. He serves in several organizations focused on stopping trafficking and supporting survivors.


He has been named to the Order of the Coif, the national legal honor society, and has received the highest peer review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo.


Craig married his high school sweetheart. They have two adult children, lived in the Iowa City area their home since 1993, and enjoyed being an active part of the community.

Law Firm:


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 1999 – High Distinction

  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 1990


Peer Reviews:

  • Martindale-Hubbell: Preeminent

  • Avvo: Superb (Insurance and Personal Injury)


Professional Memberships:

  • Admitted to all Iowa federal and state courts

  • American Academy of ADR Attorneys

  • American Association for Justice –Insurance and Anti-Human Trafficking Sections; Bad Faith Litigation Group

  • American Bar Association –Tort, Trial, and Insurance as well as Dispute Resolution Sections

  • International Academy of Dispute Resolution – Mediator of the Academy

  • Iowa State Bar Association – Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

  • Order of the Coif


  • Comprehensive Business Law, 3rd ed., 2022, Co-author

  • Numerous professional presentations