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Charles E. Gribble

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Charles E. Gribble, a partner with the Des Moines law firm of Parrish Kruidenier, is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law.  Mr. Gribble has on three separate occasions served as chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee.  Mr. Gribble’s employment law practice includes but is not limited to employment discrimination, negotiation and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, retirement claims and wrongful termination.  Mr. Gribble regularly appears before administrative agencies in District Court and has argued more than 75 cases before the Iowa Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Mr. Gribble is a frequent lecturer in the area of labor and employment law, and has conducted numerous seminars for statewide and national organizations, including the Iowa State Bar Association and the National Business Institute.

Representative Cases:

  • Martinek v. Belmond-Klemme Community School District, 760 N.W.2d 454 (Iowa 2009). Client, a school principal, contested her termination. The district court agreed that the principal should not have been terminated before her contract was up, and the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed.
  • King v. United States, 553 F.3d 1156 (8th Cir. 2009). 8th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case following an incorrect summary judgment, allowing the client to proceed with an age discrimination case against the USDA.
  • Schmerr v. United States, 420 F. Supp. 2d 1004 (S.D. Iowa 2002). Federal district court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment, allowing client to sue her employer for retaliation.
  • Smith v. Des Moines Civil Service Commission, 561 N.W.2d 75 (Iowa 1997). Cient, a firefighter, appealed his discharge from the fire department after failing a cardiopulmonary test. The Iowa Supreme Court ordered that the firefighter be reinstated.
  • AFSCME Counsel 61 v. State, 484 N.W.2d 390 (Iowa 1992).  Successful defense of Iowa Public Employment Relations Act against claim by Governor that he had no obligation to pay raises resulting from arbitration awards resulting in $40 million in additional compensation to public employees over two years.
  • Wise & State of Iowa (Department of Human Services), 16-PERB-100005.  Successfully sought and obtained reversal of State’s decision to terminate employee with back pay award exceeding $200,000.00.