Robert E. Tucker

Rob Tucker, Ph.D., J.D.


Rob Tucker, Ph.D., J.D. , president of Tucker Law, is a Des Moines, Iowa attorney who specializes in workers' compensation and personal injury law.

Born in Spokane, Washington, he attended Gonzaga University where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication. Rob continued his education at the University of Oregon where he earned a Master of Arts in speech, followed by a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Arizona, where he taught argumentation and advocacy.

After receiving his advanced degrees, he accepted an assistant professorship position in speech communication at Iowa State University where he was also the director of its forensics program.  After leaving Iowa State, he earned a J. D. degrees from Drake University and established Tucker LawRob has dedicated his professional life to the twin pursuits of communication and the law. As both an attorney and a communication and trial consultant, he is uniquely trained, experienced and positioned to presents his clients' cases in the most effective way.

Rob is a married, father of two and lives in Ankeny.

Areas of Practice
  • 75% workers' compensation (work-related Injuries and deaths)
  • 20% personal Injury (auto accidents, slip and fall accidents)
  • 5% other injury litigation
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of practice devoted to litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Worker's compensation law, Iowa Supreme Court
  • Personal injury, Iowa Supreme Court
Bar Admissions
  • Iowa, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991
  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
  • J.D. - 1991
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Ph.D. - 1984
  • Major: Speech communication: argumentation
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • M.A. - 1981
  • Major: Speech and rhetoric
  • Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
  • B.A.magna cum laude - 1977
Published Works
  • Individual Event Judging Philosophies, SCA Annual Convention, 1990
  • Representative Cases
  • In Interest of D.M., 516 N.W.2d 888 (Iowa Dist Ct. 1994)
  • Classes/Seminars
  • Speech Communication and Debate (Argument), Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1984 - 1990
  • Speech Communication and Debate (Argument), Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, 1992 - 1993
Honors and Awards
  • Dissertation: Detecting Deception in a Labor-Management Negotiation, 1984
  • Sr. M. M. Conway Debate Scholarship, Gonzaga University, 1973 - 1974
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa State Bar, Section of Labor and Employment Litigation and Workers' Compensation Law, Member, Workers' Compensation Council
  • American Bar Association, Member, Committees on Labor & Employment, Workers' Compensation
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Section of Workers' Compensation, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Section of Workers' Compensation, Member
  • American Society of Trial Consultants, Member
  • American Society for Training and Development, Member
  • Epilepsy Foundation of America, Former Adjunct Board Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
Pro Bono Activities
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines scholarship committee 
  • Former Adjunct Board Member, Epilepsy Foundation of America, Towson, Maryland, 2004 - 2007
  • Former President, Epilepsy Association of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa, 1990 - 2003
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Bosnian
  • Italian

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