General Practice Law Firm | Des Moines, Iowa
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Murray GotsdinerMurray B. Gotsdiner
Business and Real Estate Law
Phone: (515) 267-9000
Fax: (515) 267-8100


Murray B. Gotsdiner was born in Des Moines in 1953 and has lived and worked in Des Moines his entire life.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in 1975 and graduated from Drake Law School in 1979 where he maintained membership in Phi Alpha Delta. 


Mr. Gotsdiner was admitted to the Iowa Bar and the US District Courts of Iowa in 1980. He was admitted to practice in US Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court in 1983 in addition to being licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since 1989.  He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa Bar associations as a member of the Business law, Commercial and Bankruptcy law, Trade Regulations and Real Estate law.  Mr. Gotsdiner has achieved an AV rating (the highest possible rating) with Martindale Hubbell. 

Practicing In:

  • Corporate Law
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Franchise Law
  • Transportation
  • Aviation
  • Residential or Commercial Real Estate & Closing Services.  Including but not limited to; title opinions; 1031 Exchanges; HUD preparation; Purchase or Refinance Closings; Foreclosure Defense and Title Guaranty Procurement


Representative Clients

  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc.
  • Bank of the West
  • Franklin American Mortgage Company
  • Industrial Refrigeration Services Inc
  • Group Pizza, Inc DBA Felix & Oscars
  • Two Rivers Bank and Trust
  • Active Alarm Services, Inc
  • McIntire Electric, Inc
  • Laser Steel, Inc
  • Morrison Trucking Inc
  • R & S Disaster Recovery Inc
  • Shifo Auto Sales Corp.
  • Great Blinds, LLC
  • Reynolds General Construction, Inc

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern & Southern District of Iowa, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1982           
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • Texas, 1989


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1979 J.D.
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1975, B.A.

Professional Association

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas


Recent News

5-17-21: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with Fraudulent Practices in Dallas county Iowa. After over a year of litigation, including several depositions where attorney Rothman showed the state all the flaws in the police investigation, the State dismissed all charges. No conviction of any kind will be entered and the defendant can qualify to expunge the fact that he was even charged.


4-28-21: Client was charged in Dallas County with an OWI 1st offense. Attorney Nick Carda discussed the facts with client and ultimately reached out to the prosecutor. The case was dismissed with prejudice with the State ordered to pay court costs. This charge will be eligible to be expunged in 6 months.


4-5-21: Client was charged with theft 5th in Polk County. After Attorney Nick Carda discussed the weaknesses in the case with the State, the State agreed to dismiss the case via plea agreement.


3-9-2021: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel pushed the issue employing an effective strategy. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off all public records.


11-19-2020: Frank Steinbach argued that his client’s rights were violated as the State prosecutor neglected to file the charging documentation in the time frame required by the criminal procedure rules. The judge who heard the matter, agreed. As a result the OWI charges were all dismissed and the Court even ordered the state to pay the court costs resulting from the arrest. The client will also have the arrest expunged from his record.


10-6-2020: Nicholas Carda’s client had his driver’s license revoked while he was in the hospital for several weeks. The Administrative Law Judge agreed with Nick’s arguments that the unique circumstances of this case warranted a reversal of the DOT’s decision to immediately revoke his license without giving the client an opportunity for a hearing. The revocation was set aside so that the client may be heard.


10-2-2020: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Child Endangerment in Poweshiek County. Nick worked diligently for the client on his case for over a year after the incident pointing out weaknesses , arguing facts and going through several hearings before the State finally agreed to dismiss the case. As the charge was dismissed, the client will be able to get it expunged from his public record.


9-16-2020: Daniel Rothman argued that his client’s rights were violated when police officers in Dallas county made an illegal traffic stop and seizure of the client. The Dallas county judge that heard the matter, agreed and suppressed all evidence obtained by the state. As a result, the client’s OWI and weapons charges were dismissed with prejudice. Also, the IDOT must now withdraw the OWI sanction from the client’s DOT record and reinstate his driving privileges in full


7-10-2020: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with rioting charges related to a Black Lives Matter protest at Merle Hay mall. After seeing all the facts, the state realized that they could not prove the charges at trial and so they dismissed all charges. The defendant can also file a motion to expunge that fact that he was charged at all so that his record will be completely clear of this allegation.


5-21-2020: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel noted numerous issues with the state’s case. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and thereby cancel the no contact order. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off of the public record.


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