Professional License And Disciplinary Action Defense


Jerry R. Foxhoven

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Jerry Foxhoven has sometimes been referred to as a "lawyer's lawyer." He has represented numerous lawyers in their professional and personal legal matters. He now focuses his practice largely on advising lawyers as well as social workers, counselors, and therapists on ethical matters and representing them in disciplinary/licensure proceedings.
Attorney Ethics: Having practiced law for over 23 years, Jerry brings a real-life understanding of the ethical issues that can confront a practicing attorney. He also brings a technical understanding of the intricate rules governing the practice of law as a result of his instruction and service on ethics and professional issues: He has spoken on ethics and professional responsibility at numerous legal seminars, taught "Ethics and Professional Responsibility" as well as "Law Office Management" at the Drake University Law School, and served as a member of the Iowa Ethics Grievance Commission for 4 years, having been appointed by the late Chief Justice Mark Cady.
Social Worker Ethics: Throughout his career, Jerry has worked closely with social workers, therapists, and counselors. He is intimately familiar with the Code of Ethics promulgated by the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) as well as the Iowa Code and Administrative Law provisions relating to social workers, counselors, and therapists. Jerry has spoken at numerous legal and social work seminars on the interplay between social workers and lawyers. He was previously the Director of the Middleton Center for Children's Rights where he worked with a social worker who was on staff. Jerry later served as Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services. Jerry assists social workers, counselors, and therapists in issues involving confidentiality and other real-life-practice ethical issues, as well as in negotiating contracts with group practices and funders.


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Juris Doctor - 1977

Classes & Seminars

  • Presented at over 200 professional seminars and trainings to law school professors, attorneys, judges and other professionals.

Past Positions

  • 23 years of experience as a practicing attorney, with strong emphasis on trial practice in criminal and civil law, in both Federal and State Courts. Recognized in Who's Who in America Law in fourteen consecutive editions. Board of Governors, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1998-2000. Awarded an A-V rating (highest possible professional and ethical ratings) from Martindale-Hubbell. Member, Outstanding Lawyers of America (membership is by invitation only and limited to 100 members per state), 1977 to 2000
  • Administrator, Iowa Child Advocacy Board. Chief Executive Officer of an independent state agency with 90 employees, almost 100 contract employees, over 1,000 volunteers and offices in 14 cities in Iowa. Awarded the “Leader of the Year” award by Governor Tom Vilsack., 2000 to 2006
  • Professor of Law and Executive Director of Clinical Programs, Drake University Law School. Taught law school courses, including “Ethics and Professional Responsibility”, “Law Office Management”, “Children and the Law”, and “International and Comparative Family Law”. Awarded the “Order of the Coif” by fellow Drake University Law School faculty members, the “Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor Award,” by law students, the “Friend of BLSA” Award, by the Black Law Student Association, and the “Student Bar Association’s President’s Award: Faculty Member of the Year” (twice)., 2006 to 2017
  • Director, Iowa Department of Human Services. Chief Executive Officer of the largest state agency in the State of Iowa, serving over 1 million unduplicated clients (1/3 of all Iowans) with over 4,000 employees and a state and federal budget of over $6.5 billion., 2017 to 2019

Published Works

  • Published 1 Academic Textbook with a Teachers’ Manual, 7 law review articles, 30 magazine articles, 6 newspaper articles, 3 pamphlets, and 3 articles in Bleeding Heartland (a community blog about Iowa politics).

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1977