Prize-Winning Weave

Administrative Assistant Karla Stille has once again placed a winning rug in the Iowa State Fair’s Rug Weaving category. Karla earned a 2nd Place award for her handwoven rug. Check out the rug below. Congratulations, Karla!

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September 2015

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Deb Brungard Retires

Long-time employee Deb Brungard has officially retired from her work as secretary and legal assistant in the Parkersburg office. Deb was with the office for 25 years, beginning in 1990, always lending a helping hand and keeping the office organized. Deb is now currently planning trips and looking forward to warm weather and hitting the links. Congratulations, Deb, and thank you for all your service over the years!

May 2015

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Staff Member Spins Fibers at Kothe Memorial Library

Members from the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild, including Karla Stille of Lawler & Swanson, P.L.C. on the far right, demonstrated spinning fibers at the Kothe Memorial Library in Parkersburg on October 13, 2014.


The spinners gave visitors a history of spinning and explained the unique qualities of the fibers being spun that day. Examples of hats, scarves, and purses made from wool, felted wool, and alpaca were shared with visitors. Approximately 27 people from the community attended the event.

October 2014

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Lawler & Swanson, PLC Attorneys Presentation on Estate Planning

The community is invited to a presentation on Estate Planning by Amy Swanson and Luke Jenson on May 5, 2014 at 7pm. Parker Place Retirement Community in Parkersburg is hosting the event. Topics to be discussed include 1) What is included in Estate Planning?; 2) Healthcare and Financial Power of Attorneys; 3) Social Media accounts upon death; 4) Trusts; 5) Estate and Inheritance Taxes.

Thank you to Rhonda at Parker Place for inviting Lawler & Swanson, PLC to give this presentation.

May 2014

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Parkersburg’s Festival of Trees Creation

Parkersburg’s Chamber of Commerce is once again leading the popular fundraiser Festival of Trees, where local businesses decorate a Christmas tree that is auctioned off to party-goers. This year’s Festival of Trees is on December 7 starting at 5:00pm at the Veteran Memorial Building.

Karla and Deb O. spent their time making “Nature’s Colorful Christmas,” featuring real bird-seed ornaments, squirrels, birds, ribbons, and real acorns layered with natural sheep-wool (don’t worry, the squirrels and birds are plastic).

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December 2013

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Eclipse News-Review Article Features Staff Member

A display Karla set-up with a fellow NE Iowa Wavers & Spinners Guild member at the Parkersburg library was featured in the November 20th edition of the Parkersburg Eclipse News-Review (pg 3). We substituted the photo from the newspaper with a non-scanned picture to give it full justice. Karla is currently serving as President of the Guild. Well done, Karla!

Karla Library Display

November 2013

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Lawler & Swanson, P.L.C. Attorneys Attend AALA Conference

All three of our attorneys headed off to Madison, WI recently for the annual American Agricultural Law Association conference. Our firm has a long history with the AALA, with both of our partners having served as Presidents of the organization. Each year, the AALA puts on a conference where scholars, practitioners, government agencies, and students can come together to share the latest developments and trends in various legal matters that affect agriculture.

Tom and Amy both served on a Practitioner-Student panel that discussed the advantages and professional lives of being a successful rural attorney. Other highlights of the conference included a keynote address by the Honorable David R. Minge on environment and agriculture; the estate tax issues panel moderated by Amy; an extensive discussion on local food systems, community supported agriculture, and direct marketing legal guides; and a terrific analysis of the fate of the 2013 Farm Bill by Professor Neil Hamilton. Finally, a particularly special moment came when our good friend and colleague J. Patrick Wheeler of Missouri was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for his many years of work with farming interests and the organization. Congratulations, Pat!

November 2013

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Iowa Barn Foundation Article in The Daily Iowan

Tom Lawler was recently featured in an article in The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa). The article focuses on the Iowa Barn Foundation, of which Tom currently serves as vice president and sits on the board of directors, and the All-State Barn Tours, which showcases some of the great historical landmarks of Iowa’s agricultural heritage. Here’s one of Tom’s quotes, explaining the cultural importance of the Foundation’s work:

“The world looks to Iowa as a leader in agricultural production, and the barns, corncribs, and chicken houses of yesterday stand as a symbol of Iowa farmer’s productivity,” said Tom Lawler, the Iowa Barn Foundation vice president.

To read the entire article, click here. To learn more about the Iowa Barn Foundation, visit The website includes a number of photos and descriptions of many of the historical barns that dot Iowa’s landscape, like the Younker Family Heritage Farm barn shown here.


October 2013

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BoookTacular! Library Character

The Friends of the Parkersburg Library recently asked local businesses and organizations to dress up folded old books for a library promotion. Karla Stille volunteered from Lawler & Swanson, P.L.C. to create what has turned out to be a great looking scene — “Lenny, the Library Spider.” Take a look at Lenny and the other great book characters over at the Kothe Memorial Library on 3rd Street in downtown Parkersburg. Nice job, Karla!

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October 2013


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