Eich, VanDyke & Werden
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Ron Eich

RONALD F. EICH

A native of Carroll County, having been born and raised on a farm in the Roselle area.

He attended Kuemper High School and upon graduation attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he received a degree in Business Administration. His law school education was also at Creighton University and he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1970. At that time, he came back to Carroll and over the years has been associated with attorneys Ron Schechtman, Russ Wunschel, and Gary McMinimee. In the early stages of his career, he served as the Carroll County Attorney and was a Judicial Magistrate. Ron's areas of general practice include estate planning, income tax, probate, real estate, trusts, and agricultural law.

Ron and his wife, Jan, have four children and 14 grandchildren. He enjoys running, having participated in a number of marathons and half marathons, skiing, and antique tractors. He can be found during the summer months participating in community tractor rides with his 1944 John Deere. He also enjoys spending time at his cabin out at the Woods.

  • Legal Service and Professional Associations
  • Carroll County Attorney, 1972-1975
  • Carroll County Judicial Magistrate, 1975-1981
  • Business Law Instructor, Buena Vista Univ. (Denison Campus), 1993-1997
  • Carroll County Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Community Involvement
  • Rotary Club
  • Kuemper Catholic Schools Foundation, Board Member
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Midwest Old Iron Club
James R. Van DykeJAMES R. VAN DYKE

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Valley High School, West Des Moines, and then Northwestern University and Drake University.

He moved to Carroll in 1974 and started practicing law with Russ Wunschel. In 1984 he and John Werden began Van Dyke & Werden and then later joined Ron Eich. Jim is a member of numerous professional organizations. His areas of general practice include personal injury, property damage, products liability, business litigation, family law, probate and real estate.

Jim is married to the former Susan C. Schapman and they have three sons, Tony, R.J., and Thomas, a daughter-in-law Tessa (R.J.), and one grandchild, Emma Rae. While in college and law school, Jim was employed at KCCI-TV in Des Moines as a news and sports broadcaster. He is also actively involved in the community. He enjoys being a coach and judge for the Middle School and High School mock trial teams. He's a member of the Carroll Rotary Club and you will also hear him on the radio as a sports broadcaster for Carroll High School football.

Professional Memberships and Organizations:
Iowa State Bar Association, Carroll County Bar Association, Iowa Association for Justice (Board of Governors 1987-1991), Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Iowa Bar Association Mock Trial Advisory Committee, Iowa Bar Association, Task Force on Improving the Public Image of Lawyers In Iowa and Public Relations Committee.

Personal Organizations and Memberships:
First United Methodist Church, Carroll, Iowa
City Attorney, City of Carroll, 1994 - 2007
Assistant Carroll County Attorney 1999 - present

Honors and Awards:
Honor's Graduate, College of Law, Drake University, 1974
Selected "Outstanding Member", Iowa Trial Lawyers Assoc., 1987 - 1988
Carroll Community School District, "Friend of Education" awards, 1992, 2001
Governor's Volunteer Award, 1997
Community Service Award, Carroll Rotary Club, 2004, 2009
Carroll Middle School Good Citizen Award, 19cyb99

John WerdenJOHN C. WERDEN

Born in Maquoketa, Iowa and graduated from Albia High School. After graduation from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981, John C. Werden then attended Drake University in Des Moines and was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1984.

John C. Werden serves as the Carroll County Attorney, having been elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. The County Attorney prosecutes state criminal code violations occurring within Carroll County & serves as counsel to county officials. Consequently, the attorneys of Eich, Van Dyke, Werden & Steger PC do not engage in criminal defense matters.

John has 3 children, Chase, Meredith and Madison. He coaches the Kuemper Middle School and High School Mock Trial teams, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys hunting, marksmanship & boating with family and friends.




Professional Memberships and Organizations:

Judicial Nominating Commission for District Court Judge vacancies; elected 2012 for 6 year term
Carroll County Bar Association (past President)
Iowa State Bar Association (Taxation & Probate Section member, Jury Instructions Committee 2014-)
Iowa County Attorneys Association
(Secretary 2008-09, Treasurer 2009-10, Vice-President 2010-11, President elect 2011-12, President 2012-13, Board of Directors 2008- 2013, Legislative Committee 2011 – 2013, Government Practice Committee 2010-2013, Prosecutorial Standards and Conduct Committee Chair 2012-2013, Amicus Curiae Committee 2014-)
Iowa County Attorneys Case Management Project (Treasurer 2005-2010, Chair 2011-)
Prosecuting Attorneys Training Council (Chair 2012-2013)
National District Attorneys Association
Fight Crime Invest in Kids

Admitted to practice before:
Iowa Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veteran Affairs

Awards and Community Activities:
State of Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award 1998
State of Iowa Dept of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Instructor (1990 2000)
Carroll Area United Way (Board of Directors 1989 1991)
Carroll Area Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse (Board of Directors 1988 1993)

Curt StegerCURT S. STEGER

Born and raised in Earlville, Iowa. His wife Lyndi (Behrens) grew up in Manning, Iowa.

Curt received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Briar Cliff University and his law degree from Drake Law School, where he graduated with honors. While in law school, he obtained certificates in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. He was also an active member of the Drake Agricultural Law Journal, the Drake Client Counseling Moot Court team, and the Blackstone Inn of Court. He has been admitted to practice in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association and the South Dakota State Bar Association. In 2010, Curt had an article published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law entitled "Note: Dodging the Tax Bullet: The Use of Foreign Limited Liability Companies by Retired Farmers to Limit State Inheritance Tax Liability for the Next Generation of Small Farmers." Curt's areas of practice include litigation, worker's compensation and general practice.

When not working, Curt and Lyndi spend their time with their two boys, Aiden and Reid, with many family activities.

Legal Assistants

Jo GrundmeierJO GRUNDMEIER

Jo started as a legal secretary 34 years ago a couple of weeks before her graduation from Kuemper High School. She has been with our firm for 12 years. She has extensive experience in many areas, however she is primarily responsible for preparing and filing corporate and limited liability company documents, drafting minutes and by-laws, as well as preparing annual reports and accountings for guardianships, conservatorships and trusts. During tax season, Jo also helps prepare tax returns and is responsible for keying in all the pertinent information for each tax client.
Jo's husband, Rob, is a Manning, Iowa graduate and works at Sunnybrook. They have two boys, Chris and Dan, both living in Carroll. Jo is also a certified Pilates instructor and a certified Sports Yoga instructor and enjoys teaching classes here in Carroll. She is a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, and she also enjoys walking, weight training, Iowa State basketball, and reading.

Carla HinnersCARLA HINNERS

Carla has been a legal assistant for 25 years and has been with Eich Law Firm for 16 years. She is a Kuemper High School graduate and attended Briar Cliff College and Iowa State University. She enjoys handling all aspects of law but primarily works in the probate and real estate areas. Carla and her girls, Rachel and Sara, moved back to Carroll 16 years ago and both Rachel and Sara are in college now. While her nest may be empty, Carla rarely has a chance to enjoy the "quiet" as she continues to volunteer at Kuemper sporting events and has committed to a two year term on the St. Lawrence Ladies Guild Board.