Lu Ann White
Firm: Russell & White, L.L.P.
Address: 5525 Merle Hay Road, Suite 305
Johnston, IA 50131
Membership: American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation (Woman Advocate Subcommittee); Law Practice Management); Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Labor and Employment Law; General Practice; and Member, Federal Pra
University: Cornell College, B.A., 1978; University of Iowa, graduated with distinction, 1981, University of Iowa, J.D., Note/Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review, 1980-1981
Admitted: 1981, Iowa and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Lu Ann has been involved in private practice with an active general trial and appellate practice since 1985 in federal and state court, following clerking with U.S. Magistrate Ronald Longstaff for the Southern District of Iowa, and a serving as a staff attorney for the State Appellate Defender's Office,. She has advised and represented small businesses and corporations in business and commercial litigation, employment discrimination, and employment-related matters, and property damage cases, and has been involved in insurance defense matters involving many areas of personal injury, property damage, and premises liability, tortuous interference with contract, non-compete agreements, and employment matters. She has also been involved in representing individual clients with civil rights and discrimination concerns, employment discrimination and other employment disputes, such as wrongful termination, and individuals involved in personal injury cases, including automobile accidents and other motor vehicle accident cases, product liability cases, and business disputes. She advises clients regarding contracts, business organization, and employment matters, among other areas.Lu Ann has been very active on committees and boards of local bar associations -- the Polk County Women Attorneys and Polk County Bar Association-- as well as in the state bar association. She has served as President of both the Polk County Women Attorneys and the Polk County Bar Association, and as Secretary of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. She has served twice as a representative from Polk County on the Iowa State Bar Association's Board of Governors. She has been involved as a member of several Iowa State Bar Association committees and sections - the Annual Meeting Committee, the Women and Minorities Committee, and the Litigation and Employment Law Sections. She served six years on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Judicial District 5C. In 2011 she was awarded the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys' Tenth Annual Arabella Mansfield Award. Arabella Mansfield was the first woman lawyer admitted to practice law in the United States. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869 despite the fact that at the time, the bar required candidates to be white and male. She was also actively involved in the women's suffrage movement. The I.O.W.A. created this award to recognize outstanding women attorneys in Iowa who have promoted and nurtured women in our profession.