David A. Dettmann

David A. Dettmann

Of Counsel
220 N. Main Street, Suite 600, Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-333-6611
Fax: 563-324-1616
Email: ddettmann@l-wlaw.com

Practice Areas

Corporate & Business Law
Pension & Profit Sharing Law
Real Estate
Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate Law


Luther College (B.A. 1971)
Drake University (M.B.A. 1974; J.D. 1974)

David A. Dettmann


  • Iowa - 1974
  • Illinois - 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa - 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - 1989
  • U.S. Tax Court - 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois - 2009


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years (Trusts & Estates, Real Estate and Employee Benefits)
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Real Estate since 2004 (first year of publication)
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers - since 1994
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - since 2000
  • Supreme Court of Iowa, Recognition for Volunteer Activities (1999)
  • Luther College, Distinguished Service Award (2001)
  • Illinois Quad Cities Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals, Outstanding Planned Giving Professional (2006)
  • Advisors Circle - Community Foundation of the Great River Bend - 2007
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America‚Äôs Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (Real Estate Law)

Professional Associations

  • Certified Public Accountant (Iowa, 1976)
  • Member, Iowa Society of CPAs
  • Member, American Institute of CPAs
  • Member, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Member, Quad City Estate Planning Council (1980-Present); Past Board Member and Officer
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Board of Governors (1997-2001), liaison to Multidisciplinary Practice Committee and Real Estate & Title Law Section
    • Member, Committee on Title Standards of The Iowa State Bar Association (1985-1994), Chairman of Title Guaranty Subcommittee (1990-1994), member of committee when Seventh Edition of Iowa Land Title Standards was prepared by the Committee (1993); principal responsibility in development of Title Standard 4.7 dealing with conveyances from trusts including preparation of research paper dealing with Federal Gift, Estate and Iowa Gift and Death Taxes
    • Member of Real Estate & Title Law Section Council for terms 1993-1996 and 2001-2004, Chair 1994-1996
    • Member of Real Estate Modernization Committee (1998-2004), Chair (2001-2004)
    • Iowa State Bar Association Representative on Iowa Legislative Advisory Committee on Electronic Filing of Real Property Instruments (2000-2001)
    • Iowa State Bar Association Representative on the Iowa Legislature's County Real Estate Electronic Government Advisory Committee (2005-2006)
    • Legislative Committee (2008-2009)
  • Scott County Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee (1980's, 1996-2000)
    • Chairman, Real Estate/Abstract Committee (1985-1995) with primary responsibility for updating Scott County Bar Association Title Standards (1989)
    • Has served as a Volunteer Instructor, Scott Community College for Peoples' Law School on Estate Planning and Probate
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association


  • Presidentsrad (advisory committee to the College President), Luther College
  • Board Member, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (1996-2004); Chair (2004)
  • Board Member, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (1984-Present), Chair 1989-1992
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bettendorf, Iowa, Past Council Member and Past Church Council President; Chair of Building Committees 1986-1987 and 1994-2000; Chair Organ Acquisition Committee 1992-1993; Organ Expansion Committee 2000-2002
  • Member of Community Advisory Committee, Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) Center for the Study of Ethics 2003 - Present


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