Gregory G. BarntsenPartner | Attorney at Law
Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential
in life – all areas of life. – Zig Zigler
Admitted to bar; 1975, Iowa; 1983, Nebraska. Education: University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1968; J.D., with distinction in 1974. Areas of Practice: Trial law and personal injury law. His trial experience includes insurance defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability, employment-related issues such as civil rights issues and business torts. Professional Affiliations: Iowa Defense Counsel Association Past President; Defense Research Institute; Iowa State Bar Association; Nebraska State Bar Association; Pottawattamie County Bar Association. Licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Admitted to practice law before United States District Court of Iowa and United States District Court of Nebraska.
Tell me about your Family.
I have been happily married for 48 years to my lovely wife Pam who I met at the University of Iowa during undergraduate school. I have 3 married children and 8 grandchildren. They are all the love of our life and we take every opportunity we have to visit them or have them visit us in Council Bluffs.
Who was your major influence in your life and why?
I was born in Albany, Georgia; grew up in Gulfport , Mississippi until 7th grade when my family moved to Marshalltown, Iowa where I attended junior high, high school and one year of Junior college before attending the University of Iowa in 1965.
Where were you born and raised?
I enjoy basketball, hiking, and fishing. Most of the time I enjoy spending time with family and exploring the community in which we live. My wife and I also enjoy watching British Mysteries.
Why did you choose the profession of lawyer?
After spending 4 years in the United State Air Force I decided it was important to continue my education so I decided that a law degree would complement my undergraduate business degree and if I did not like practicing law I could use the education in business. I found out very quickly that I enjoy practicing law and have been involved as a trial lawyer since early on in my career.
Who was your influence growing up and why?
My father was an influence in my life by teaching me to be responsible and disciplined which I have used throughout my life and taught my children.
Personal hobbies and interests
I enjoy playing golf and I am an avid Hawkeye Football and Basketball fan. My wife also enjoys watching Iowa football and basketball so it is something we can do together. We are passionate about our family and enjoy being involved in our children and grandchildren’s lives as much as we can.
How are you involved in the community?
I am on the Board of Directors of MICAH House homeless shelter in Council Bluffs. I am a member of the Fellowship Church for over 40 years where I have been a teacher in Children’s Church and am currently a Greeter with my wife Pam.
Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Pasrt President
Defense Research Institute
Iowa State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Association
Pottawattamie County Bar Association
Employers Mutual Ins. Co.
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Western Iowa Mutual Ins. Co.
Nationwide Insurance Company
Illinois Casualty Company
U.S. District Court Northern and Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
J.D. – 1974
Honors: With Distinction
University of Iowa
B.B.A. – 1968