John W. Hayek

John W. HayekJohn Hayek was born in Iowa City in 1941. He received a B.A., with honors, from Harvard College in 1963 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1966. In 1966, John returned to Iowa and went into practice with his father at our firm. He served as First Assistant County Attorney of Johnson County from 1967 to 1970 and as special counsel to the City of Iowa City for Urban Renewal from 1970 to 1990. From 1974 to 1981, he served as Iowa City City Attorney. John was an Emeritus Master of the Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court. From 1966, he also engaged in the primary practice of law and continued to practice until his death in 2014.

In addition to his law practice, John dedicated significant time to the legal community. He was a member of the Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission, the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Committee, the Sixth Judicial District Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, the Sixth Judicial District Caseflow Management Committee, and the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. He was a fellow in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Johnson County Bar Association (including as president 1982-1983), the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, and the Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel. He held a certificate as a civil trial advocate issued by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He also served as a member of the Iowa State Bar Association's Title Standards Committee and as past chair of the Law Practice Management section.

John practiced before following courts:

  • State of Iowa Bar (admitted in 1966)
  • United States District Court — Southern District of Iowa (admitted in 1967)
  • United States District Court — Northern District of Iowa (admitted in 1968)
  • United States Court of Appeals — Eighth Circuit (admitted in 1973)

Some of John's appellate cases were: In re Marriage of Stamp, 300 N.W.2d 275 (Iowa 1980); Young v. Cedar Co. Work Activity Center, Inc., 418 N.W.2d 844 (Iowa, 1987); Ewoldt v. City of Iowa City, 438 N.W.2d 843 (Iowa App., 1989); In re Marriage of Jones, 451 N.W.2d 25 (Iowa App., 1989); State v. City of Iowa City, 490 N.W.2d 825 (Iowa, 1992); Campbell v. Mid-America Const. Co. of Iowa, 567 N.W.2d 667 (Iowa App., 1997); Thavenet v. Davis, 589 N.W.2d 233 (Iowa, 1999); Jacobs v. City of Iowa City, No. 3-927/02-1849 (Iowa App., 2004); In re Marriage of Ellis, 705 N.W.2d 96 (IA, 2005); In re Marriage of Soloski, 715 N.W.2d 768, 2006 WL 623583 (Iowa App., 2006); and In re Marriage of Lavely, 723 N.W.2d 452, 2006 WL 2419140 (Iowa App., 2006).