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John C. Cortesio Jr.

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Phone:
515-246-5831
Fax:
515-246-5808
Assistant:
Michelle Trevisan
Phone:
515-246-5863

State Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1962

Federal Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa 
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Military Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

     

Background

John came to the Bradshaw Law Firm in 1965, following his service as a Captain in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he was an appellate advocate in the Government Appellate Division of the Army Judiciary. At the Bradshaw Law Firm, he has engaged in a general practice that has included the areas of corporate and commercial law, antitrust and trade regulation law, public utilities law, and business-related litigation. He is a former chair of the Section Council of The Iowa State Bar Association’s Trade Regulation Section, was the chair of its predecessor Trade Regulation Committee for its initial six years, and in the past has served on the Sherman Act Committee and the Private Antitrust Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He has also been active in other bar association committees and activities and in community service endeavors. He was the recipient of the President’s Award of The Iowa State Bar Association in 2006 in recognition of his service to the legal profession and the citizens of Iowa.

Education

University of Notre Dame (B.A., cum laude, 1959)

The University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with high distinction, 1962)

  • Note Editor, Iowa Law Review, 1961-1962
  • Member, Board of Editors, Federal Bar Journal, 1964
  • Order of the Coif

Leadership Positions

Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court

  • Member, 1980-1981

Iowa State Bar Association Trade Regulation Committee, past member

  • Chairman, 1981-1987

Polk County Bar Association Board of Directors

  • Member, 1991-1995

Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors

  • Member, 1991-1995

Iowa State Bar Association Trade Regulation Section Council

  • Member, 1991-1992, 1997-1999, and 2018-present
  • Chairman, 1997-1999

Bishop Drumm Foundation Board of Directors, past member

  • Chairman, 1984-1985

Des Moines Symphony Association Board of Directors, past member

  • President, 1989-1990

Des Moines Symphony Foundation Board of Directors, past member

  • President, 1992-1993

Rotary Club of Des Moines Board of Directors, past member

  • President, 1994-1995
  • Recipient of the Rotary Service Above Self Award, bestowed by the Board of Directors of Rotary International, for embodying, through devotion and exemplary efforts, Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, 2001 

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center Board of Directors, past member

  • Chairman, 2000-2001
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award of the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging for excellence in management or governance accountability and with an organization making a substantial contribution of the ideals of IAHSA, 2005

Catholic Council for Social Concern, Inc. (Catholic Charities) Board of Directors

  • Member, 2015-2021

Professional Memberships and Admissions

American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
Polk County Bar Association
Lincoln Inne of Court

Speeches and Seminars

The U.S. Antitrust Legislative Framework, National Institute of Business’s Introduction to Antitrust Law and Practice Seminar, November 2007

A Brief Overview of Federal and Iowa Antitrust Laws, presentation to the North Iowa Business and Industry Group, October 1999

Antitrust Dangers in Communications with Competitors, Annual Meeting of The Iowa State Bar Association, June 1995

Tying Arrangements and Attempts to Monopolize After Eastman-Kodak, The Iowa State Bar Association’s Eleventh Annual Seminar on Antitrust and Trade Regulation, September 1992

The Iowa Franchise Relationship Law—Issues for Business Attorneys, Fourth Annual Corporate and Securities Law Seminar sponsored by Drake University Law School, September 1992

Professionalism and the Business Lawyer, Drake University/Defense Research Institute Seminar for Lawyers, Judges, and Law Students on “Professionalism, the Law, and You,” January 1992

Distributing the Product:  Vertical Nonprice Restraints on Distributors, The Iowa State Bar Association’s Tenth Annual Seminar on Antitrust and Trade Regulation, July 1991

Group Boycotts:  What is the Law Today? The Iowa State Bar Association’s Ninth Seminar on the Trade Regulation of Business, September 1990

The Antitrust Laws as Applied to the Business of Insurance, presentation to the Des Moines Claims Managers Council, March 1990

Dangers in Competitor Coziness, The Iowa State Bar Association’s Eighth Seminar on the Trade Regulation of Business, September 1989

The Iowa Competition Law, presentation to Lincoln Inne, March 1989

RICO:  A Potent Weapon in the Federal Arsenal, Polk County Bar Association’s Federal Practice CLE Seminar, November 1985

The Iowa Competition Law, The Iowa State Bar Association’s Second Antitrust Seminar on Practice and Procedure for the Iowa Lawyer, September 1983

The Iowa Competition Law—Practical Implications, seminar sponsored by the University of Iowa Law School and The Iowa State Bar Association, September 1982

The Sherman Act:  Restraints of Trade and Standards of Liability, The Iowa State Bar Association’s First Antitrust Seminar on Practice and Procedure for the Iowa Lawyer, August 1982

Antitrust Law—Some Problem Areas for Iowa Businesses, Annual Meeting of The Iowa State Bar Association, June 1981

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