Harley has spent his law career exclusively handling civil litigation matters, first as a member of two small Iowa law firms, then on his own as a solo attorney. He founded Erbe Law Firm in July 2005. Harley usually represents individuals and small businesses in car accident, personal injury law, employment law, contract law, insurance law, and construction defect cases. He has argued and tried jury and nonjury cases in Iowa state and federal court. Harley has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, and the Iowa Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers is by invitation only, upon sponsorship and recommendation from peers and judges and unanimous approval by the Board of Governors. Membership is limited to 250 trial attorneys who have displayed exceptional skills and the highest integrity, and who have dedicated their professional lives primarily to trial practice. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial. Membership to ABOTA is by invitation only upon nomination by a member of ABOTA's Iowa Chapter. Attorneys must have significant jury trial experience to be considered for ABOTA. The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Harley as a Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer for Iowa. Harley was honored to have been a member of the National Trial Lawyer Association's Top 40 Under 40, an invite-only organization that includes only the top young trial attorneys in Iowa as nominated, reviewed, and accepted by their peers. Harley has also been selected as a member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, an invitation-only organization that recognizes the top 100 trial lawyers in Iowa, as well as Great Plains Super Lawyers, also an invitation-only organization.
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- Employment Law
- Insurance Claims
- Construction Law
- Animal & Dog Law
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Products Liability
- Northern District -- Iowa
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- 8th Circuit
- 9th Circuit
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- Drake University Law School
- J.D. (1999) | Law
- Honors: High Honors; Order Of The Coif; Drake Law Review
- Activities: Delta Theta Phi
- University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
- B.A. (1996) | Political Science
- American Inns of Court
- American Academy of Trial Attorneys
- National Trial Lawyers Association
- Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Iowa State Bar Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Great Plains Super Lawyers
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12 December 2018
- A Reality Check For Homeowner/Contractor Disputes
12 November 2018
- The Need For Expert Testimony In Construction Defect Cases
12 October 2018
- Iowa Supreme Court Says That Iowa's Disability Discrimination Law Does Not Require Employers To Be "Mind Readers"
14 September 2018
- An Update On The Federal "Dual Jobs" Rule For Tipped Employees
17 August 2018
- The Enforceability Of Boilerplate Electronic Agreements
19 July 2018
- Iowa Supreme Court Affirms The Public Immunity Doctrine For Government Defendants
21 June 2018
- Sexual Harassment Of Others -- The Use Of "Me Too" Evidence In Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
20 May 2018
- Failing To Complain About Workplace Sex Harassment Can Kill Your Case
25 April 2018
- Q. Was just fired from a job for a having back problems. Dr requested I be put on light duty for 2 weeks. Was then fired
- A: The answer will depend upon the specific factual circumstances of your situation. You should schedule a meeting with an employment law attorney.
- Q. If the police don't file charges ,could i still sue for personnal injurys
- A: You, and your family, can still sue. Claims would be available against the perpetrators of the attack and the bar. Contact an attorney for a full review of both possible claims.
- Q. I have appealed a denial of unemployment benefits, this goes to an ALJ.
- A: You could consider submitting interrogatories and document requests to the employer seeking the information you desire. Those are allowed under the administrative rules that govern contested unemployment benefits appeals. You could also review the administrative rules to determine how you can compel the participation of any current employees that you wish to use as a witness. If you aren't able to retain a lawyer, the staff at Iowa Workforce Development's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau and the information on its website will be your best sources.
- Q. The lady who was at fault only carried the min insurance. Can I sue the insurance company for more?
- A: You'd have to make a claim through your underinsured motorist coverage. That's what the underinsured coverage is there for. The other driver's insurer isn't obligated to pay more than its coverage limits, so it appears that her insurance has been exhausted. You'll have your underinsured motorist coverage available up to your policy limits, but that'll likely be it for your monetary recovery.
- Q. I bought a vehicle from a dealer and the transmission went out in it after 5 days of ownership.
- A: You need an attorney that practices consumer fraud law. Specifically, Iowa Code 714H, Iowa's consumer fraud statute, is probably your best bet.
- Q. What should I ask for in a vehicle accident settlement?
- A: Every personal injury case is different and unique. Personal injury attorneys spend a lot of time on each case analyzing and evaluating its value. You'll need to hire one for that kind of analysis, which can't be achieved through a short question on this forum.
- Q. I was in a car accident at a gas station and wondered if I could ask them to give me the video to review who is at fault
- A: You can ask, but the gas station has no obligation to give you a copy of the video. You can only force production of the video through a subpoena. A subpoena's only available if a lawsuit's on file.
- Q. What is a soon-to-be 55 year old woman to do in the case of slander/age discrimination?
- A: There's not enough information to evaluate your question. The short answer about what to do is to meet with a lawyer to discuss the situation and determine whether you have a legal claim. From the cynicism in your question, it sounds like you may already have done that and received a poor prognosis regarding your chances of success.
- Q. is it wise to attempt a slander suit on my own?
- A: It's never a good idea to handle anything but a small claims case without a lawyer. Also, defamation cases are difficult to win, particularly when the statements at issue will be defended as statements of opinion. Opinions are protected under the First Amendment; they usually cannot form the basis of a defamation claim. You also have to consider who you're suing. If you do get a judgment, will this person be able to pay it?