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Harley C. Erbe

Harley C. Erbe

2501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50324
United States

Telephone: (515) 281-1460
Facsimile: (515) 281-1474
Firm: Erbe Law Firm
Practice Overview:
Erbe Law Firm prides itself on being a small firm that provides personalized attention while delivering large firm results. We have stood side-by-side with our clients since 2005 and faced the largest law firms in Iowa and throughout the nation. We have routinely done so in our car accident, personal injury, and employment law cases.

We don't just dabble in any legal matters that come our way. Although we have expertise in other areas of law, we have focused our skill and learning on car accident, personal injury, and employment law cases. We chose to be specialists, not generalists, to ensure that we're ready for select types of cases when we're called to duty. As you can see from our weekly blog updates, we stay current on applicable court decisions from Iowa and throughout the nation. We do that to educate not only ourselves on the most current state of the law but also visitors to our site who may be seeking more specific information about a particular legal topic.


Professional Profile:
The son of a member of the United States Army, Harley was born in Berlin and has since lived in Germany twice, Massachussetts, and Wisconsin. He stayed in Iowa after graduating Drake University Law School in 1999. Before law school, Harley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996.

Harley has spent his law career exclusively handling civil litigation matters, first as a member of two small Iowa law firms, then on his own as a solo attorney. He founded Erbe Law Firm in July 2005. Harley usually represents individuals and small businesses in personal injury law, employment law, contract law, and construction defect cases.

Harley especially enjoys the challenge of pushing the law past its current boundaries and expanding legal rights. He has twice argued, in Wright v. Brooke Group Ltd. and Speight v. Walters Development Co., cases before the Iowa Supreme Court that resulted in greater protections for Iowa consumers. If there is a chance of changing the law so that a client has a claim when none had previously existed, Harley will drive the case forward as far as it needs to go. For example, the claims in the Speight case were rejected by two courts before it reached the Iowa Supreme Court, where, on his third try, Harley finally convinced a court that the law needed to be changed to protect more people than it originally had.

He has argued and tried jury and nonjury cases in Iowa state and federal court. Harley has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, and the Iowa Court of Appeals. He is honored to be a member of the National Trial Lawyer Association's Top 40 Under 40 for Iowa, an invite-only organization that includes only the top young trial attorneys in Iowa as nominated, reviewed, and accepted by their peers. Harley is also a member of several other legal and professional organizations, including the American Association For Justice, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court.

Harley lives in Windsor Heights with his wife Jannay, two cats, and a mini-dachshund. In his free time he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, enjoying Iowa's outdoors, reading, traveling, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Milwaukee Brewers.

UndergraduateUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeB.A. Political Science1996
LawDrake Univerisity Law SchoolJuris Doctor1999