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Joel Thomas Soorholtz Greer

Joel Thomas Soorholtz Greer, American lawyer. Bar: Iowa 1978, United States District Court (northern and southern districts) Iowa 1978, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1987, United States Tax Court 1988.


  • Greer, Joel Thomas Soorholtz was born on February 26, 1953 in Spencer, Iowa, United States. Son of John Julian and Madeleine L. (Collester) Greer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with high distinction, special honors, University Iowa, 1975. Juris Doctor, University Iowa, 1978.


    • Associate Grefe & Sidney, Des Moines, 1978-1980. Partner Greer, Nelson, Montgomery, Barry & Bovee, Spencer, 1980-1986. Associate Cartwright, Druker & Ryden, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1986-1988, partner, since 1989.

      Member 3d Judicial District Nominating Commission, Spencer, 1984-1986, 2d District Nominating Committee, 2000-2006, State Judicial Nominating Committee, 2000-2006.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Iowa 1978, United States District Court (northern and southern districts) Iowa 1978, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1987, United States Tax Court 1988.


    Denomination: Congregationalist


    County parliamentarian Republican Party, Marshalltown, 1988, state delegate, 1986, 88. Board deacons Congressional Church, 1989-1995, moderator, 1996-1998, trustee, since 2003. Board governors United Way, 1984-1986, 91-97, president, 1993, campaign chair, 2002.

    President Big Brothers Clay County, 1985-1986, board directors, 1981-1986. Chairperson Child Abuse Protection Council, 1981-1986, Marshall County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, board directors, 1989—2004. Vice president Sunset Retirement Home, 1986, board directors, 1984-1986.

    President Marshall County division American Cancer Society, 1991-1993, board directors Iowa division, 1991-1995, Iowa advisory council, since 2003, vice president, since 2005, president Leadership Committee, 2008-2010. Board directors Mid-Iowa Mental Health Center, 1989-1995, president, 1991-1992, board directors Midwest Division, since 2008, secretary, since 2009. Board directors Iowa Law School Foundation, since 2011, Iowa River Hospital, since 2011.

    Fellow Litig. Counsel America. Member American Bar Association (tort and insurance practice section), Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (chairman membership committee, vice president 1985-1987, board governors 1985-1992), Iowa Bar Association (executive council young lawyers section 1980-1985, chairman bench bar conference 1991, board governors 2000-2009, president 2007-2008), Iowa Academy Trial Lawyers (board governors 1995-2003, president 2001-2002), Iowa Association Workers' Compensations Lawyers (barrister Blackstone Inn of Court), University Iowa Alumni Association (board directors 1991-1999, president 1998-1999), Old Capitol Club (advisory board directors 1990-1993), Marshalltown C. of Chamber (board directors 1991-1994, vice president 1992-1994), Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Kiwanis (Spencer) (board directors 1984-1986), Rotary.



    Flying, photography, skiing, piano.


    • Married Sharon Lea Soorholtz, June 19, 1982. Children: Kate, Erin.
    • father: John Julian Greer
    • mother: Madeleine L. (Collester) Greer
    • spouse: Sharon Lea Soorholtz
    • children: Kate Greer
    • Erin Greer
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    Born February 26, 1953
    (age 64)