Carney Appleby Law


James W. Carney Founding Partner


Jim Carney is the founding partner of Carney Appleby Law.  Jim has been practicing law in Des Moines and throughout the state of Iowa for nearly forty years, and has tried lawsuits in other states as well.

Jim has argued over 25 appellate cases in the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to include several landmark decisions and cases of first impression.  He additionally was involved in the longest civil trial in the history of Dubuque County in a trial lasting over three months resulting in a verdict for his client.  Jim is unquestionably one of the most experienced trial advocates in the State of Iowa obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts in several cases and defense verdicts for clients he has defended.

Prior to law school, Jim coached golf and basketball at the United States Military Academy (West Point) while serving in the U.S. Army.  He’s been a very active supporter of the University of Iowa to include serving on the National Letterman’s Board, National I-Club Board, and the University of Iowa Foundation Board.  He was selected as the I-Club Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

Areas of Practice:

  • Lobbying & Governmental Affairs
  • Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business
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