Lance W. Lange



Lance Lange is a lead trial lawyer who represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has handled a broad range of lawsuits, including single-plaintiff cases, class actions, mass actions and administrative proceedings. His business cases have included breach of contract claims, consumer lending and consumer protection claims, antitrust claims, trademark and patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and real estate and environmental claims. Lance has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including food and agribusiness, financial services, manufacturing, media and energy.

Antitrust and FCPA Matters

Lance counsels business and nonprofit organizations on antitrust matters, with a goal of avoiding litigation. He serves as antitrust counsel for multiple national trade associations. Lance has also defended individuals in Foreign Corrupt Practices investigations before the SEC and DOJ.

Financial and Consumer Lending Litigation

Lance is the co-chair of the firm’s national consumer financial litigation team. Lance represents Fortune 500 financial institutions in litigation ranging from class actions to single-plaintiff lender liability lawsuits. Lance has managed and litigated lawsuits for leading financial institutions in more than 35 states, including claims under TCPA, RESPA, TILA, FDCPA and various other state and federal laws. Lance also represents creditors in disputes that arise in bankruptcy proceedings and in complex commercial foreclosures.

Family Law Litigation

Lance represents individuals in complex divorce and post-divorce matters, with particular emphasis on the economic aspects of matrimonial law. Lance addresses sophisticated financial issues such as valuing and dividing complex marital assets (including corporations, partnerships, professional practices and proprietorships), assessing executive compensation and benefits, coordinating tax analysis and planning, tracing assets, and drafting pre-marital agreements. Lance also represents clients in contested child custody and child support proceedings.

Appellate Litigation

Lance has handled appeals before state and federal courts, sometimes representing amicus parties.

Intellectual Property and First Amendment Litigation

Lance has represented businesses in lawsuits implicating trade and patent rights. Lance has also represented individuals and corporations in litigating defamation disputes.

Personal Interests

Lance enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and children, Kelsey and Maddox.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Journal of European Law (book review and production editor) (2001)

University of Iowa
M.A. (1998)

Stanford University
A.B. with honors (1996)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Ethics Panel
    Moderator, Corporate Counsel/Trade Regulation Seminar, Iowa State Bar Association, Various years
  • Practical Law—Iowa Litigation
    Co-author of Initial Civil Appeals, Responding to a Complaint  and Responding to Subpoenas sections
  • ABA Antitrust Law Developments Supplement
    Contributing author, 2010
  • Would the Proposed GIPSA Regulations on Section 202 of the Packers and Stockyards Act 'Trump' Prior Judicial Precedent?
    ABA Antitrust Section Agriculture and Food Committee e-bulletin, Fall 2010

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Leadership Iowa, Association of Business and Industry — Class of 2009-10
  • American Bar Association — Antitrust Section; Antitrust Litigation Committee, 2009-12; Regional Liaison, 2009-11
  • Iowa State Bar Association — Young Lawyers Division Know Your Constitution Committee, Chair, 2007-11; Intellectual Property Section Council, 2006-present; Trade Regulations Section Council, Chair, 2009-14
  • Iowa State Board of Examiners — Temporary Bar Examiner (appointed by Iowa Supreme Court), 2008, 2010
  • Blackstone Inn of Court, 2006-12

Civic Activities

  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines — Metro Board of Directors, 2008-12
  • Walnut Creek YMCA — Board of Managers, 2008-present; Chair, 2010-12
  • Anawim Housing — Operations Board, 2017-present

Firm Leadership

  • Pro Bono Committee


  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation and Securities Litigation, 2013-18
  • Best Lawyers® — Litigation - Antitrust, 2013-17, 2020-24 (Lawyer of the Year, 2021, 2023)
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-17, 2019
  • Des Moines Business Record —Forty Under 40, 2009
  • Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division — Star of the Quarter, 2008
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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