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Our Firm

A Legacy of Service Since 1906.

Today, we continue our legacy of quality legal
services by the way in which we represent our clients.

Integrity. Commitment. Quality.

Phelan Tucker Law Iowa City Our Firm History Hart

Phelan Tucker Law’s history dates back to 1906 when William Richard Hart graduated from the College of Law at the University of Iowa and started a law firm in downtown Iowa City. He was later joined by his son, W. R. Hart, Jr. In the 1950’s, Louis Shulman, William Phelan, and William Tucker joined the practice and established Hart, Shulman, Phelan & Tucker.

The firm expanded over the years, becoming known as Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP, and moving to its current location on Market Street in 1984.

Today, Phelan Tucker Law is comprised of about a dozen attorneys along with a dedicated team of paralegals, legal assistants, and others, who maintain the legacy of giving our clients the advantage they need to address their legal needs.


When you work with a Phelan Tucker Law attorney, you have the broad experience of our team on your side. Since 1906, we have been serving a diverse group of clients, including individuals, small and large businesses, medical providers, and nonprofit organizations.

Our attorneys have written numerous legal publications, taught seminars for other attorneys, and have been recognized by their peers as representing the highest level of professional excellence and integrity.

Members of the firm have earned the Certified Public Accountant designation, served as president of the Iowa State Bar Association, and have been admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers, among many other distinctions.

Our attorneys’ experience prior to practicing with the firm includes teaching at law schools, working for international insurance companies, and serving as government attorneys.

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Our clients are drawn to us for our reputation for thoughtful and comprehensive legal services across a wide range of practice areas. Our attorneys are qualified to assist you in the following areas of practice:

Phelan Tucker Law’s attorneys handle legal matters across the State of Iowa and beyond. Our team practices in state and federal courts throughout Iowa, including the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.


Phelan Tucker Law is proud to have deep Johnson County roots. Each member of our firm feels privileged to call the Iowa City area home. Our attorneys have been proud to serve our community through involvement in many local organizations, including, among others:

  • Bur Oak Land Trust
  • Community Leadership Program
  • Friends of Historic Preservation
  • Hancher Auditorium
  • University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art
  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation
  • Iowa Women’s Foundation
  • Riverside Theatre
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • University of Iowa Alumni Association

Several of our lawyers’ families have lived here for generations, and all of them have at least one degree from the University of Iowa.