Kerry A. Finley, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice

Admitted to Practice in

  • State of New York, 1991
  • State of Iowa, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1991
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1993

Contact Information

Kerry A. Finley
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2309
Fax: (319) 365-8443

Kerry's Assistant

Name: Paula M. Pohlpeter
Phone: (319) 731-2376

About Kerry A. Finley

Kerry A. Finley serves as Attorney and Counsel at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll. Her practice has focused on professional, corporate defense and litigation. Kerry worked for firms in New York City and Des Moines prior to returning to the practice of law in the Cedar Rapids area.

Appellate Advocacy and Trial Support. Kerry has appeared numerous times before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals in several kinds of cases including: medical malpractice; legal malpractice; professional negligence; commercial disputes; premises liability; products liability; dissolutions and criminal matters. She also assists trial counsel both within and outside the firm in a variety of ways including error preservation and the identification, research, framing and argument of legal issues.

Professional Negligence. Kerry has defended physicians and other medical professionals in medical malpractice actions. She has represented several attorneys in legal malpractice actions. Kerry has served as outside counsel for several Iowa hospitals in a variety of contexts, including: professional negligence; premises liability; professional staff issues; contract preparation and disputes regarding independent contractors; and Joint Commission, HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid compliance issues. She has also represented physicians, attorneys, dentists and engineers in administrative proceedings before their respective licensing boards.

Kerry grew up in Des Moines. She is the former owner of Docks Restaurant in Clear Lake. She currently lives in Iowa City with her two children.


  • University of Iowa College of Law -  J.D., with high distinction, 1990
  • Dartmouth College  B.A., 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Member and Former Committee Chair and YLD Executive Committee Member)
  • Linn County Bar Association (Board of Governors (2008-Present))
  • Johnson County Bar Association (Member)
  • Polk County Bar Association (Former Executive Committee Member & Committee Chair)
  • Polk County Women Attorneys (Former Executive Committee Member & Committee Chair)
  • C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court, Barrister (1994-2000)

Community and Personal

  • Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (Board of Directors)
  • Iowa Arts Council (Former Member)
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma, Beta Zeta Chapter (Former Corporate Board Chairman)

Speeches and Publications

  • Medical Records Update, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Flood Recovery: FEMA & SBA Overview, Linn County Bar Annual Meeting 2008
  • Judicial Estoppel, IADC Meeting 2007
  • Ethical Considerations of Representing Clients with Limited English Proficiency, 2006
  • Ethics and Litigation: Communications with Opposing Counsel and the Court, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 1998
  • Discovery of Confidential Medical Records in Iowa, 1998
  • Defending Against Emotional Distress Claims Based Upon Fear of Blood Disease, 1997
  • Guarding Against the Improper Use of “Rebuttal” Witnesses in Professional Negligence Cases, IADC Defense Update 1997
  • Finding One’s Way Through the Maze of Iowa’s Mechanics’ Lien Law, MLM View 1997

Representative Work/Cases

Med Mal

McClendon v. Beck, 569 N.W.2d 382 (Iowa 1997)
Glenn v. Carlstrom, 556 N.W.2d 800 (Iowa 1996)

Lenders' Rights

Iowa Department of Human Services v. Community Care, Inc., 861 N.W.2d 868 (Iowa 2015)

Railroads & Drainage Districts/Contempt

Dakota Minnesota Eastern Railroad d/b/a Canadian Pacific Railroad v. Iowa District Court for Louisa County (Iowa, June 30, 2017)

Corporate Criminal-Regulatory Defense

State of Iowa v. Hy-Vee, 616 N.W.2d 699 (Iowa Ct. App. 2000)
State of Iowa v. Casey's Gen. Stores, Inc., 587 N.W.2d 599 (Iowa 1998)

Premises Liability for Asbestos Exposure

Van Fossen v. MidAmerican Energy Co., 777 N.W.2d 689 (Iowa 2009)


In re Marriage of Thatcher, 864 N.W.2d 533 (Iowa 2015)
In re Marriage of Kimbro, 826 N.W.2d 696 (Iowa 2013, 2013 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 11)

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