Responding promptly and effectively to a client's needs is my highest priority. A lawyer who listens carefully and really understands the client is best able to tell their story at trial.

Dennis P. Ogden


A well-respected trial lawyer, Dennis P. Ogden is a shareholder with nearly 40 years experience representing businesses, large and small, and individuals in federal and state courts, and administrative tribunals throughout the state of Iowa. Dennis' civil trial practice is diverse but emphasizes commercial litigation, defense of personal injury lawsuits, employment cases and property tax cases. As a founding member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Dennis has devoted many years to defense of trucking companies, truck drivers and transportation litigation.

Dennis is a past president of Lincoln Inne, and has served the Iowa State Bar Association both as chair of the eCommerce Section and as a member of the Bench Bar Committee. A frequent speaker on litigation, employment law and property tax law, he also has enjoyed serving the Greater Des Moines community in various volunteer activities since 1982.



In addition to his trial work, Dennis has extensive experience advising businesses and individuals in employment discrimination and contract matters. He has represented both businesses and individuals in nearly every county in Iowa on reducing tax assessments on real property.

Honors & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell
President's Citation, Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (for work as chair of the Law-Related Education Committee, 1989-1990)


University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1982
Iowa State University, B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions



Iowa State Bar Association since 1982, eCommerce Section Council, 2013-2019; Chair, 2014-2019 Bench Bar Committee, 2013-2019 Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 1989-1991; Iowa Defense Counsel Association; Trucking Industry Defense Association (Founding Member); Lincoln Inne (President, 2014-2015)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit State Courts of Iowa

Community Activities

Lincoln Inne (President, 2014-2015)

Des Moines Community Playhouse (Board of Directors, 2013-2019; President 2015-2019)

K-Life of Des Moines (Board Member, 2000-2003)

Good Samaritan Urban Ministries (Board Member, 2001-2004)

Valley Church of West Des Moines (Charter Member and Elder Board, 1989-1992)

Waukee Community Church of Waukee (Charter Member and Leadership Team Chairman, 2005 to 2008)

Iowa Civil Rights Commission (Volunteer Mediator, 1995-1998)

Iowa Legal Aid (Intake Volunteer, 1989 to 2014)

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