Buchanan, Bibler, Gabor & Meis - Attorneys at Law

Scott G. Buchanan

Phone:  515/295-3565
Fax:  515/295-2158

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Born:  1954
           Kansas City, MO

Legal Assistant:  Ruth Bransfield

Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Employment  Law
Bar Admissions
  • Iowa, 1986
  • Northern District of Iowa, 1986
  • Southern District of Iowa, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.,1999
  • University of Iowa, B.G.S.
  • University of Iowa, J.D. with distinction, 1986
Honors and Awards
  • Deans List, 1982-84
  • Jusge Roy Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition Team Member (1 of 4)
  • Iowa Law Review, Associate Editor, 1985-86
  • Iowa Public Justice Award, 1998, awarded by Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Rolland Grefe Pro Publico Award - 2012, Iowa State Bar Association
Representative Cases
  • Asa-Brandt, Inc. v. ADM Investor Services, Inc., 138 F.Supp.2d 1144, Comm. Fut. L. Rep. P 28,530 (N.D.Iowa 2001) affirmed in part, reversed in part by Asa-Brandt, Inc. v. ADM Investor Services, Inc., 344 F.3d 738, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 10,541, 62 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 422, Comm. Fut. L. Rep. P 29,577 (8th Cir. 2003)
  • Farmers Co-op. Elevator of Buffalo Center, Iowa v. Abels, 950 F.Supp. 931 (N.D.Iowa Dec 04, 1996)
  • Farmers Co-op. Elevator, Woden, Iowa v. Doden,946 F.Supp. 718, Comm. Fut. L. Rep. P 26,950 (N.D.Iowa Oct 29, 1996)
  • Iowa Telephone Ass'n v. City of Hawarden, 589 N.W.2d 245 (Iowa Feb 17, 1999) (NO. 97-83) (amicus curiae brief on behalf of Algona Municipal Utilities)
  • Quamme v. Advance Trading, Inc., Not Reported in N.W.2d,2001 WL 540056(Iowa App. May 23, 2001) (NO. 99-0874)

  Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Iowa Association for Justice, f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association (Member: Communications Law Forum; Sections on Litigation, Administrative Law, Regulatory Practice, Family Law)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section; Chair, YLD Summer Seminar, 1992-93; Co-Chair, YLD Summer Seminar, 1994-95; Member, Family Law Section)
  • Kossuth County Bar Association (President, 2007- 2008)
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association (Member)
Pro Bono Activities
  • Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission, Chair 2017 - Present
  • Iowa Legal Aid, President (2003-05)
  • Haggard-Twogood Charitable Trust (2006- )
  • Sullivan Building Foundation (1994- )
Life outside of the courtroom
In addition to spending time with his wife, Sandy, and their two children, Scott enjoys music, theater, and landscaping.  He is an avid pilot and devotes significant time to civic causes including the Sullivan Building Foundation and the Haggard-Twogood Charitable Trust. Scott and Sandy are deeply committed to the cultivation of Algona’s cultural environment and are often involved in the production of local arts events including numerous gallery exhibits and past productions by The Guthrie Theater, StageWest, Cantus and Chanticleer.