Thomas L. Flynn


Tom Flynn is a shareholder whose practice emphasizes banking law, gaming law, bankruptcy law, business law, real estate law, wills and estate planning, and probate law. Flynn is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and served as a bankruptcy trustee for over forty years. He represents approximately twenty banking institutions. On behalf of a casino client, he has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on a matter involving the constitutionality of certain taxes.


Honors & Recognition

AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Selected every year since 1983 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® as among the elite in the following law practice areas:

Banking and Finance LawBankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization LawGaming Law


Author, "Iowa Commercial Lending Law," appearing in "Commercial Lending Law: A State by State Guide," published by the American Bar Association Commercial Finance Committee in 2009. Revision in 2016 co-authored with Brick Gentry Shareholder Erin Clanton, "Commercial Lending Law: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law."

Author, "Iowa Law of Guaranties, appearing in "Law of Guaranties: A State by State Guide," published in 2013 by the American Bar Association Commercial Finance Committee.

Author, "A Banker's Guide to Changes in the Bankruptcy Law," published by the Iowa Bankers Association in its October 2005 Disclosure.

Author, "Chapter 12, Its Impact on Lenders," published by the American Bankers Association.

Co-Author, Chapter pertaining to Bankruptcy in the "Iowa Land Title Standards," published by the Iowa State Bar Association.


Drake University, J.D., with honors, 1972 (Drake Law Review, 1971-1972)

Morningside College, B.A., with honors, 1968

Bar Admissions



Polk County Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association; Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Committee 1983-1989

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

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

U.S. Supreme Court

Community Activities

Board of Directors for:

Civic Center of Great Des Moines; Variety- the Children's Charity; Des Moines Urban Ministries; Des Moines Public Library; and his Church

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