Richard J. Sapp

USA: Iowa

Nyemaster Goode
700 Walnut
Ste 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309-3899

Tel: +1 515 283-3144
Fax: +1 515 283 3108


Richard (Dick) Sapp is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, practicing primarily in product liability, commercial litigation, and appellate practice for more than 30 years. In addition, Dick has also been retained as litigation counsel on behalf of the Iowa General Assembly and the Governor of Iowa on constitutional cases of significance and governmental investigation matters.

Dick is an elected member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Product Liability Advisory Council, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a frequent author and speaker on product liability and trial practice topics. He has been consistently recognized by peers and clients as one of the very few Iowa attorneys to receive the top level rating in litigation by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a past President of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association.

His record of cases includes representation of clients or amicus organizations in many significant Iowa appellate decisions involving product liability and tort issues. He has frequently provided testimony or resource background to legislative committees and membership on litigation related legislation and product liability issues.

Nyemaster Goode represents defendants and their insurers on fires, chemical exposures, mold, asbestos, railroad accidents, trucking accidents, product liability, defamation, and all types of personal injury and tort claims.

Some of the businesses for whom Nyemaster Goode has handled personal injury and tort defense litigation matters include Deere & Company, BNSF Railway Company, AIG, Praxair, Inc., Iowa Asbestos Company, Iowa Newspaper Association members, U-Haul International, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Cincinnati Insurance, Arch Insurance, Pepsi USA, American Family Insurance, Amtrak, Church Mutual Insurance, and Climax Molybdenum Company.

Founded in 1918, Nyemaster Goode is Iowa’s largest law firm with offices in Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Rapids. Our broadly diverse practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of the law to companies that range in size from emerging start-ups to Fortune 500s, as well as to individuals. Perhaps this is why we were listed as a Go-To Law Firm® in a recent survey of the top 500 U.S. companies by Corporate Counsel magazine.

Nyemaster Goode holds several exclusive memberships with leading law organizations. We are Iowa’s only member of Meritas, a global alliance of 170 independent business law firms from more than 60 countries, delivering coordinated, localized legal services. As members, we are privileged to have a network of more than 6,500 experienced lawyers around the world. We are also the only Iowa member of the Employment Law Alliance, a network of over 3,000 lawyers around the world knowledgeable in state and national labor and employment law. The Employment Law Alliance includes lawyers specializing in employment law in all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 90 foreign countries. Since labor laws vary from state to state and from country to country, we take full advantage of the resources provided by other member firms of the Alliance in order to best serve our clients. Additionally, we are the only Iowa member of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group, an association of more than 140 independent law firms serving businesses in all 50 states and in capital cities and major commercial centers around the world. With its unique network of capital-based attorneys, former government officials, state government practitioners and international law attorneys, the State Capital Global Law Firm Group’s member firms are strategically positioned to serve the most diverse business needs in today’s global economy.

We strive to provide our clients fast, professional, and cost-effective legal representation. In our efforts to meet our clients’ needs and expectations in fee arrangements, Nyemaster Goode includes traditional hourly rate engagements, as well as innovative alternative fee arrangements tailored to the specific situation.We provide legal services to our clients through six primary departments: Business, Finance, and Real Estate; Governmental Affairs; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment; Litigation; and Tax, Estate Planning, and Employee Benefits. Our specific practice areas within each department are described more particularly in other sections of this website.

Nyemaster Goode attorneys are consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Twenty-one of our attorneys clerked for state or federal judges, one previously worked with the Internal Revenue Service, seven are certified public accountants, 38 graduated Order of the Coif, and 66 graduated from law school with honors.

Our attorneys are frequent speakers and authors on a broad range of legal subjects. Several of our lawyers hold leadership positions within the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Defense Counsel, Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, and other professional organizations. All attorneys at the firm are members of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk, Story, or Linn County Bar Association.

We encourage pro bono involvement by our attorneys. Most are registered to accept pro bono case assignments through the Volunteer Lawyers Project sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association. Nyemaster Goode has been recognized annually by the Polk County Bar Association for the participation of its attorneys and is a past recipient of the Iowa State Bar Association Law Firm Award for its pro bono service.

Nyemaster Goode also encourages attorneys and staff to be committed members of the community. Nyemaster Goode has been recognized regularly for its contributions to civic and charitable organizations in Des Moines and central Iowa.