A mediator is more than a messenger--a mediator needs to have a plan.




Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Fire Cause and Origin
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Agricultural Legal Matters
  • Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Settlements
  • Wrongful Detention
  • Business Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation

Memberships and affiliations

Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals 


Member, American Academy of ADR Attorneys (Board Certified*)

Member, American Bar Association - Alternate Dispute Section 

Member American Bar Association - Forum on Construction Law 

Member, C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court (Master Level)

Member, Inns of Mediation

Member, Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys 

Member, Iowa State Bar Association (Board of Governors)

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

Member, ISBA Construction Law Section 

Member, ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Council Member 

Member, Polk County Bar Association Board of Directors

A strong background in litigation

Civil litigation and trial practice including multiple civil jury trials, multiple bench trials,

multiple arbitration hearings before the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Practice areas: personal injury, construction litigation, contract disputes, premises liability, dram

shop liability, employment law, products liability, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage

litigation, asbestos/multi district litigation, professional liability (engineers, architects, doctors of

veterinary medicine), medical devices, and general legal counsel.

Construction Law

Joe Happe has had a long career in matters involving construction disputes, representing engineers, architects, general contractors, subcontractors and owners in cases involving delay issues, breach of contract, breach of warranty, personal injury, OSHA violations, fire loss and property damage arising out of construction.