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Contact Information: 712.277.2373
Fax 712.277.3304
E-mail: mellwanger@rawlings-law.com

Professional Organizations
Iowa State Bar Association
United States District Court for Northern District of Iowa
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers
Woodbury County Bar Association (past President)
Iowa Defense Council Association (President 2001-02)

The University of Iowa College of Law (Order of Coif) 1975
Morningside College, Bachelor of Science 1972

Court Licenses
Iowa State and Federal Courts

Michael was born in Minneapolis, MN on June 22, 1950. He was raised in Sioux City, Iowa where he attended Bishop Heelan Catholic High School (1968) and Morningside College (1972). He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1975 (High Distinction, Order of Coif).

Michael returned to Sioux City where he joined the firm of Kindig, Beebe, McCluhan & Rawlings. He became a partner in 1978 and has been a member of the firm until 2019 when he became “of counsel.” Michael became a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1994 and the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2001.

Michael has been President of the Woodbury County Bar Association; is a member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and served as its President in 2001-02. He has given numerous litigation-related presentations at the annual meetings of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He serves on the Board of Editors of “Defense Update,” a quarter publication of the Iowa Defense counsel. He has written several articles for this publication.

Michael became “of counsel” to the firm in 2019. His work continues to be in the area of litigation and general practice. Michael is admitted in the State and Federal Courts in Iowa and South Dakota.

Michael also has extensive community involvement. He has been on the Board of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Briar Cliff University, and the Downtown Kiwanis Club, and on the parish council for Nativity Catholic Church. Michael is married and has three adult children. Michaels’s other outside interests include reading, riding his motorcycle, spending time with his children and grandchildren and aspires to work out.

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