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Richard O. McConville

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Rick is a native of Des Moines.  He attended St. Theresa's Catholic Grade School and Dowling Catholic High School before attending undergraduate and law schools at Creighton University, in Omaha.  Upon passing the bar in Iowa and Nebraska in 1973, he started practice in Creston, in Southwestern, Iowa.  He continued there until 1980 when he moved back to Des Moines.  Upon moving to Des Moines, he joined Larry Scalise and John Sandre and others in the firm of Scalise, Scism, Gentry, Brick & Brick.  Members of that firm later formed the firm of Scalise, Sandre, Uhl & McConville.

In May of 1993, Chuck Coppola, John Sandre and he formed the present firm, and practiced together until John's death in 2006.  Chuck and Rick have continued to practice with the other firm members since that time.

In 1970, Rick married Mary Harrington.  They have five children: Katie (married to Jeff Jensen), Casey, Joe (married to Meghan Smith), Pat (married to Sidell Chase) and Brendan.  They also have six grandchildren: Hayden Jensen, Reagen Jensen, Finnian McConville, Faolan McConville, Miren McConville, Eamon McConville, Declan McConville and Rowan McConville.  

In addition to his law practice, Rick and his family have been involved in Church and youth activities and sports including coaching youth baseball for over 25 years and 15 years of experience in coaching junior high football.  He was a member of the West Des Moines Little League and Holiday Park Baseball Club Boards of Directors for 10 years and the Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League Board of Directors for 15 years, serving as President for two years.  He is a member of the Dowling Club and various sports boosters groups.

He was a member of the St. Theresa's School Board of Education for 6 years, two as President, and the Dowling Catholic High School Board of Directors for 10 years, serving as Secretary and Vice-President.  He also enjoys sports, history, genealogy and reading.

Rick was admitted to the Iowa and Nebraska Bars in 1973, and has practiced law in Iowa since that time.  He also was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court; and the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.  His preparatory and legal educations were at Creighton University (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973).  He was a member of the Union County Bar Association from 1973-1980 (President, 1976), and is currently a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.

Year Joined Firm

* 1993 - the initial organization

Areas of Practice

* General Practice, Litigation and Appeals - Civil and Criminal

* Personal Injury Car collisions, other accidents

* Medical Malpractice

* Criminal Defense

* Appellate Work

* Workers' Compensation

* Business Litigation

* Contract Litigation

* Probate Litigation - Will Contests and Disputes

* Partnership Disputes

* Agricultural Litigation

* Real Estate Litigation and Disputes

* Family Law Custody

Bar Admissions

* Iowa, 1973

* Nebraska, 1973

* U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1981

* U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1973

* U.S. District Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1978

* U.S. Supreme Court, 1979


Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney

Fellow Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers


* Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska

  * J.D. - 1973

* Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

  * B.A. - 1970

  * Major: History

Representative Cases

United States v. Pamela Ward, United States District Court, Southern Court, Southern District of Iowa No. 04-12cr00195 - resulted in securing dismissal in Court resulting in all matters resolved in favor of client.

State of Iowa v. Chad Witter, Polk County District Court No. FECR243356 - resulted in jury verdict in favor of client on all claims made in this case against him regarding Iowa Film Credit matters.

Beganovic v. Muxfeldt, 775 N.W.2d 313 (Iowa 2009) - upheld a million dollar person injury verdict awarded our clients by the jury in the trial level.  Defining Iowa law on liability of owners for the negligence of drivers of their vehicle.

Sanders v. Ghrist, 421 N.W.2d 520 (Iowa 1988) - Secured reversal of adverse Court ruling on jury instructions regarding lost chance of death and new trial for clients.

Matter of Estate of Graham v. Richardson, 690 N.W.2d 66 (Iowa 2004) - Secured reversal of adverse District Court Ruling on probate matter involving mutual wills and securing resolution in favor of clients.

Longfellow v. Sayler, 737 N.W.2d 148 (Iowa 2007) - Secured reversal of adverse District Court ruling against client on Iowa fencing law matter, confirming prior written fencing agreement and client's position on fencing issue.

State v. Christian, 2003 IA 341 (Iowa Court of Appeals 2003)

City of Osceola v. Clarke County Board of Review, 490 N.W.2d 539 (Iowa 1992) - Secured reversal of adverse District Court Ruling against the City of Osceola on Municipal Property Tax Exemption issue.

Crees v. Childs, 437 N.W.2d 249 (Iowa App. 1988) - Secured reversal of adverse District Court summary judgment matter in a matter involving co-employee gross negligence in worker's compensation matters resulting in favorable resolution for client.

Golden v. O'Neill, 366 N.W.2d 178 (Iowa 1985)

State v. Hogrefe, 557 N.W.2d 871 (Iowa 1996)


* Iowa State Bank, DM

* West Bank, WDM

Professional Associations and Memberships

* Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1973 - Present

* Polk County State Bar Association, 1980 - Present

Past Employment Positions

* Mullin, Mullin, McLaughlin, Harvey & McConville, Associate and Partner, 1973 - 1980

* Scalise, Scism, et al., 1980 - 1992

Pro Bono Activities

* Dowling High School Board of Education, 1991 - 2001

* West Des Moines Little League Board of Directors, 1980 - 1990

* Knights of Columbus - 4th Degree


* Sigma Alpha Epsilon

* Iota Kappa Epsilon