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James E. Nervig


James E. Nervig


“I have always been committed to a higher level of thoroughness and knowledge of the law.”

Jim Nervig is a shareholder of Brick Gentry P.C. He primarily works in the areas of real estate, tax sale law, tax assessment appeals, zoning, business law, estate planning, and civil and appellate litigation. Jim represents many clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. For a number of years, Jim has prepared and presented seminars to attorneys, real estate professionals, municipal offices and other governmental officials on a variety of legal issues including zoning law, tax assessment appeals, eminent domain, tax sale procedures and real estate law. Before Jim joined the Firm in 2001, he was a partner and shareholder in the Des Moines law firm Petosa, Petosa, Boecker & Nervig where he worked for 13 years. Previous to this, he served for eight years as City Solicitor for Des Moines. Jim has written a number of manuals on legal topics, including Iowa Tax Sale Law, Iowa Real Property Assessment Law, Iowa Zoning Law and Special Statutes Relating to Rehabilitation of Vacant and Nuisance Properties. Current versions of each manual are available upon request.


Areas of Practice

Administrative Law, Annexation, Labor Negotiations, Prosecutions, Real Estate, Zoning


Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® as among the elite in the following law practice areas:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law

Named Des Moines region's "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® in Land Use and Zoning Law, 2017.

Recognitions and Publications

Publications include:
  • Iowa Tax Sale Law
  • Iowa Real Property Assessment Law
  • Iowa Zoning Law
  • Special Statutes Relating to Rehabilitation of Vacant and Nuisance Properties

Presentations include:

  • Iowa State Bar Association 2016 Annual Meeting, "Iowa Zoning Law; Analysis of Cases Involving Important Zoning Issues," Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Annual Conference of the Iowa Municipal Professional Academy in Ames, Iowa, "Alternatives Available to Cities in Abating Nuisances, and Encouraging Redevelopment of Abandoned and Vacant Real Estate,"
    July 27, 2016.
  • Iowa State Bar Association 2014 Annual Meeting, "Major Updates on Iowa's Real Property Tax Assessment Law," Des Moines, Iowa.
  • "Current Issues with Tax Sales" at the Drake University Law School Real Estate Transactions Seminar, Friday March 7, 2014, at the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic, Des Moines, Iowa.