Tim Semelroth is an Iowa native and lifelong resident of the Hawkeye State. Tim is the oldest of the five children of Dick and Pat Semelroth of Hiawatha, Iowa. Tim is a graduate of Cedar Rapids Regis High School, where he met his future wife, Jenni, in study hall. Tim went to college at Drake University in Des Moines and attended law school at the University of Iowa. After Tim graduated from law school, he and Jenni returned to Cedar Rapids, where they continue to live and raise their three children, Samantha, Joe and Ben. In his free time, Tim enjoys coaching middle school and high school mock trial teams, playing sand volleyball and cheering for the Hawkeyes.
Immediately after law school, Tim served as a federal judicial law clerk for Judge John Jarvey, who is now serving in the Southern District of Iowa. After his clerkship, Tim was hired by Cedar Rapids attorneys,John Riccolo and (now Iowa Supreme Court Justice) David Baker. Since 1998, Tim has devoted his legal practice to representing seriously injured Iowans and their families in claims against insurance corporations.
In 2005, Tim was inducted into the national Million Dollar Advocates Forum for verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars and is one of only 20 Iowa attorneys to receive that recognition. In 2006, Tim was invited to join the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization limited to the top 250 trial attorneys in Iowa.
Tim teaches trial skills as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, which has been consistently ranked as one of the top 25 law schools in the United States. He is a past president of the Iowa Association for Justice and the Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association. In 2006, Tim was elected by his fellow attorneys to serve on the state commission that selects new judges for the 6th Judicial District (Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Tama Counties).
Tim is the author or co-author of the following Iowa Legal Insider Guides:
• The Guide to Iowa Car Accident Claims
• The Guide to Iowa Workers’ Compensation Claims
• The Guide to Iowa Medical Malpractice Claims
• The Guide to Iowa Truck Accident Claims
• The Guide to Iowa Motorcycle Accident Claims
• The Guide to Iowa Nursing Home Abuse Claims