Jesse Linebaugh



Jesse Linebaugh is an experienced trial attorney focused on defending insurance and annuity companies, banks, and broker-dealers in single plaintiff and class actions, as well as handling noncompete litigation and internal investigations. Jesse and his team partner with clients to find the best solutions for their commercial disputes — whether an early resolution, a dispositive motion or a full-bench or jury trial.

Jesse is co-chair of both the firm’s nationwide financial services industry team and the firm’s securities and financial services practice group. 

Defending Insurance and Annuity Companies

In addition to defending insurance and annuity companies in class actions, mass tort actions and single-plaintiff matters nationwide, Jesse and his team:

  • Handle market conduct exams
  • Have worked directly with state insurance commissioners and regulators in over 35 states regarding regulatory and compliance issues and consumer complaints
  • File interpleaders on disputed claims
  • Develop solutions to industry issues related to modified endowment contracts and maturity contracts
  • Litigate disputes related to lapse procedures, including defending allegations of misrepresentation and underfunding of universal life policies
  • Interpret regulatory and statutory codes
  • Handle disputes with Independent Marketing Organizations and agents
  • Advise on day-to-day operational needs

Defending Banks

In addition to defending national and regional banks in class actions and single-plaintiff matters nationwide, Jesse and his team:

  • Resolve tax lien issues, including administratively redeeming properties when possible, interfacing with tax assessment officials and tax lien investors to negotiate recoveries, and fighting to overturn tax sales
  • Handle matters involving Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, National Housing Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and similar state statutes
  • Defend foreclosure and property preservation litigation
  • Represent banks before the FDIC and state regulatory bodies

Defending Broker-Dealers

In addition to defending broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations in 37 states, Jesse and his team:

  • Represent broker-dealers in regulatory and compliance issues before SEC, FINRA and state security divisions
  • Have personal experience with most all of the national PIABA attorneys, national FINRA mediators, and national due diligence and compliance leaders
  • Assess investment products, including alternative investments such as DBSI and Provident, non-traded REITs, mutual funds, ETFs, options and VAs
  • Handle FINRA on-the-record interviews
  • Consult with brokerage compliance officers regarding U-4, U-5 and Form BD filing requirements
  • Secure regulatory expungements for CRD/BrokerCheck reports
  • Defend broker-dealers in disputes with registered representatives

Handling Emergency Non-Compete Matters/Trade Secret Matters

Jesse and his team represent companies in emergency non-compete matters, including filing suit, drafting detailed emergency briefing and conducting full evidentiary hearings in order to prevent the theft of proprietary information.

Conducting Internal Investigations

Jesse and his team regularly conduct internal investigations for clients in order to determine factual accuracy of sensitive client information, then summarize that information internally for the client or prepare the information in a report for regulators.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Jesse and his team have handled litigation involving everything from the manufacturing of glyphosate to the cleaning of ethanol plants.

Past Experience

After attending law school at Duke University School of Law and practicing in Dallas, Texas, at an AmLaw 100 firm, Jesse returned home to Iowa in 2005 and has been with Faegre Drinker ever since.

Personal Interests

In addition to spending his free time with his wife, his two sons, his niece, and his two bulldogs, Jesse enjoys playing in old man basketball leagues while maintaining an irrational love of the Iowa Hawkeyes.


Bar Admissions

South Dakota
North Dakota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Iowa
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
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 Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico


Duke University School of Law
J.D. (2002)

University of Iowa
B.B.A. with high distinction, with honors (1999)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Protecting Sensitive Documents From Adversaries
    Principal Global Investors Executive Team, 2018
    Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance, 2018
    Athene In-house Legal Team, 2017
    Principal Financial In-house Legal Team, 2017
  • Attorney-Client Privilege in Mergers and Acquisitions
    Iowa Association of Corporate Counsel, 2016
  • Various Ethical Scenarios for Inhouse Counsel — From the Mundane to the Critical
    Iowa Association of Corporate Counsel, Drake University Law School, 2015
  • The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide
    Assisted in drafting and editing Chapter 14, Post-Award Proceedings and Appeals
  • Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court
    Assisted in drafting and editing Chapter 37, Expert Witnesses

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Every year, representing multiple indigent individuals, up to and through trial if necessary, through coordination with the Polk County Volunteer Attorneys Program and formerly with the Dallas Volunteer Attorneys Program.
  • Organized and led a team of attorneys to assist Iowans affected by the catastrophic flooding in spring 2008.
  • Appleseed-Access to Justice, Access to Education, Access to Opportunity — Traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in June 2006 and assisted in conducting an internal investigation regarding the status and needs of Hurricane Katrina evacuees and in drafting a report.

Professional Associations

  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association — Past Member of Board of Directors

Civic Activities

  • Iowa Legal Aid — Board of Directors
  • Walnut Creek YMCA — Board of Directors
  • Latino Resources, Inc. — General Counsel and Board of Directors
  • Raccoon Valley Little League — Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Duncanville Parks & Recreation — Advisory Board (Past Appointment by Duncanville, Texas, City Council)


  • Litigation Counsel of America — Fellow 
  • Chambers USA — Iowa, Litigation: General Commercial, 2015-23
  • Chambers USA — Iowa, Litigation: General Commercial, “Up and Coming” Lawyer, 2013-14
  • BTI Consulting Group — BTI Client Service All-Star, 2020, 2022-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018
  • Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40, 2014
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — General Litigation, 2007, 2009-13; Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, 2014-18
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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