Member Profile: Just. Louis A. Lavorato (Ret.)

Just. Louis A. Lavorato (Ret.)
Louis A. Lavorato
809 Valley West Drive
West Des Moines , IA 50265
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Tel: (515) 577-4064

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation


Just. Louis A. Lavorato (Ret.) has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Divorce (High Asset)
Family Businesses
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Medical Malpractice
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



From February 1979 to February 1986, Louis A. Lavorato served as a district judge in District 5C (Polk County, Iowa). He was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court as chief judge of the district (17 counties) in 1983. As a general jurisdiction trial judge, he presided over jury trials and bench trials. As chief judge, he presided over cases in addition to administrative duties.

From February 1986 to September 2006, Mr. Lavorato  served as a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He was elected Chief Justice in 2000, a position he held until he retired in September 2006. From September 2006 to January 2009, he served as a senior judge, attached to the Iowa Supreme Court. He handled routine and substantive motions as well as special projects. From February 2007 to the present, he has been working as a mediator/arbitrator.

Mr. Lavorato has handled in excess of 1000 mediations since February 2007. His arbitration experience included mostly personal injury, property damage, and insurance coverage questions. During this period, he received 37 hours of mediation training.


From September 1955 to June 1959, he attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated with honors with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. He was admitted to Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity (freshman honorary fraternity in recognition of high education achievement as a freshman) and to Betta Gamma Sigma Fraternity (honorary business fraternity comparable to Phi Betta Kappa in liberal arts).

From September 1959 to June 1962, he attended Drake University Law School. He graduated first in his class with the degree of Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Order of the Coif and was assistant editor of the Drake Law Review.

Memberships & Affiliations

Louis A. Lavorato received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements and service to the judicial branch over his almost 30 years of judicial work. A few of those included the following: In 1985, he received the Judicial Achievement Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Iowa; in 1994, he received the Alumni of the Year Award from the Drake University Law School; in 1996, he received the Award of Merit from the Iowa Judges Association; in 2003, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drake University.


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