Kirk Schuler

Kirk Schuler




Kirk practices with the Trial Group in Des Moines. He joined Dorsey in 2015 after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Districts of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Central District of Illinois. As a former federal prosecutor, Kirk brings significant trial experience and advocacy skills to benefit Dorsey’s clients involved in all types of civil and criminal litigation and government investigations.

Education & Admissions

Drake University Law School (J.D., 2006), High Honors with Certificates in Litigation/Dispute Resolution and Legislative Practice; Law Review; Moot Court; and Student Bar Association

Drake University (B.A., 2003), magna cum laude, Academic All-American (Men’s Tennis)


  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Guam
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Chief Judge Mark W. Bennett, 2007-2008
  • Iowa Supreme Court, Honorable Mark S. Cady, 2006-2007


Representative Litigation

  • Business Disputes, including commercial litigation of a wide-range of business disputes involving claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation, fraud and much more.
  • Noncompete Enforcement, including cease and desist letters and an injunction to prevent client’s former employee from working for its competitor.
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation, including complete summary judgment in favor of an employer for defense of FLMA and Iowa worker compensation claims.
  • Trust and Estate Litigation, including litigation and favorable settlement of a dispute between beneficiaries of an estate and trust involving claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duties against the trustee, executors, and their attorneys.
  • Elder Abuse Litigation, involving the prosecution of claims for violating the rights of elder Iowans under Iowa Code Chapter 235F.
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes, including the settlement and resolution of tenant’s hunting rights on rented land.
  • Creditors Rights/Collection, including the collection of debts and foreclosure of real estate.
  • Insurance Interpleader, including litigation between putative beneficiaries to life insurance proceeds.
  • Products Liability Litigation, including the complete dismissal of a products liability action in favor of client.
  • Proposition 65 Litigation & Compliance, including the defense and settlement of “bounty hunter” claims favorable to a manufacturer and distributor of products into California, and crafting company compliance programs to conform to Proposition 65 regulations.
  • Trademark Infringement, including the crafting of a permanent injunction related to trademark rights favorable to client.
  • Shareholder Disputes, including the dismissal of a shareholder derivative rights action.
  • Public Records Requests, including the demand for documents on behalf of clients under various state sunshine laws. 
  • PREA Investigations & Defense, including the defense of an employee facing allegations of Prison Rape Elimination Act violations under Iowa law.
  • Criminal Law, including dismissal and expungement of criminal assault charges in Iowa state court, and CJA appointments representing indigent defendants in federal court.
  • Government Investigations/White Collar, including representation of qui tam plaintiffs and defense of companies accused of false claims and antitrust violations, coordinating internal investigations, and counseling clients in responding to civil investigative demands and civil and criminal subpoenas.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, including international and domestic arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. 
  • Trial & Appellate Experience involving the prosecution of myriad cases to resolution in federal and state courts, including over ten federal jury and bench trials as lead counsel before U.S. District Courts in Iowa, Illinois, and the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as several appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits. 

News & Resources


The Convergence: Feds Level First Hybrid Healthcare- and Securities-fraud Charges Arising from COVID-19 Marketing and Sales
Minnesota Critical Sector Employers Must Develop and Implement Written COVID-19 Preparedness Plans by June 29 Under Latest Order from Gov. Walz
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Further Loosens COVID-19 Workplace Restrictions Effective May 17 at 11:59 pm – but Requires Newly-Reopening Employers to Implement Preparedness Plans
Governor Tim Walz April 23 Order Allowing Additional Businesses to Restart Operation
Looking Ahead: Enforcement Actions for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Related to COVID-19
Governor Tim Walz has Extended Minnesota Stay-at-Home Order
Minnesota Stay-at-Home Order to take effect Friday, March 27 at 11:59 pm – “Critical Sectors” may continue operating
The Defense Production Act: The Obscure Law that Industry and Government Should be Talking About Today (and for the Foreseeable Future)
DOJ’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force Priorities Highlighted By Bid-Rigging Qui Tam Settlement
Justice Department Touts FY2019 False Claims Act Statistics as Evidence of Administration’s “High Priority” Against Fraud, but the Numbers Show Less of a Priority on Qui Tams
Dorsey Alert: HHS Regulatory Sprint May Impact FCA Enforcement Trends
Supreme Court Settles Circuit Split and Reads the False Claims Act Statute of Limitations Provision Broadly in Boon to Relators
DOJ Levels False Claims Act at Pharmacies to Combat Opioid Crisis
For FY2018, Justice Department Touts Nearly $3 Billion in False Claims Act Recoveries, Mostly From Qui Tams and Alleged Healthcare Frauds
Grant-Fraud Guilty Plea Underscores Potential Civil and Administrative Liability for Recipients of Federal Funds
WARNING: The Prop 65 Transition Period is Over!
Dorsey FCA NOW Blog: In one decision, the Eleventh Circuit creates two circuit splits regarding the interpretation of the FCA’s statute of limitations period
Dorsey Health Law Blog: Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration
Contributing Author, Immigration Law, U.S. Dep’t of Justice Office of Legal Education (5th Ed. 2013)
Article, In the Vanguard of the American Jury, 28 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 453 (2008)
Note, ADR’s Biggest Compromise, 54 Drake L. Rev. 751 (2006)

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey’s Des Moines Office Recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
Dorsey’s Des Moines Office Named - Trial and Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Iowa

Events & Speaking Engagements

Dorsey & Whitney's Annual Des Moines Symposium

Select Presentations

  • “Keeping Your Organization Calm, Cool, And Collected When The Government Brings the Heat:  How To Effectively Manage Government Enforcement Efforts,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Iowa Chapter, Fall Symposium, Elm Crest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, October 6, 2017.
  • “Best Practices: Records Retention & Preparing for Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Iowa Chapter, Fall Symposium, Elm Crest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, November 11, 2016
  • “Avoiding Litigation Pitfalls in P3 Projects: Understand What to Include in P3 Contracts to Mitigate Litigation Risks,” Dorsey’s Annual Symposium, Des Moines Botanical Gardens, October 27, 2016
  • "What to do when your company is served with a federal subpoena," Association of Corporate Counsel – Iowa Chapter, CLE Luncheon, August 20, 2015

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Co-Editor of FCA Now, Dorsey & Whitney’s False Claims Act blog.
  • Co-Founder and Director of icare, a 501(c)(3) Iowa Non-Profit.
  • Member, Board of Directors for Courage League Sports, a 501(c)(3) Iowa Non-Profit. 
  • Member, Board of Directors for Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center in Clive, Iowa.
  • President, Bulldog Tennis Booster Club.
  • President, Dallas County Bar Association.
  • Member, Polk County Bar Association.
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association.
  • “Spotlight on Service” Honoree, The Iowa Lawyer magazine, November 2017.
Kirk Schuler