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Cory F. Gourley

Managing Partner/Attorney
(515) 244-2914

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In the last 5 years alone, Mr Gourley has obtained verdicts from Iowa juries totaling just under 5 million dollars, and those are just the cases that went to trial.  Including settlements, he has recovered more than 12 million for Iowans and other injured clients in that same time period alone .  Mr Gourley has  won some of the higher recent verdicts in the state for family members of Iowans who have been killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others including some of the highest verdicts ever obtained in the state for parents of adult children who were killed. There are simply not many trial attorneys that can match those results in Iowa.     

Mr. Gourley is a founding and managing member of GRL Law and mangages the firm's wrongful death and traumatic injury division. He was selected as a rising star by Super Laywers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 which is an award limited to 2.5 percent of the lawyers in his practice area in the state.  He was selected as a Super Lawyers in 2016. He was aslo selected as one of the state's 40 best trial attorneys under the age of 40 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Mr. Gourley is an avtive member in the Iowa Association for Justice, the preeminent  assocaition for trial lawyers in the state, where he serves on the Board of Govenors.  

Previoulsy, Mr. Gourley graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Business. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from Drake University. He is currently admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Iowa, both the Southern and Northern Districts of the United States District Court, and the Eight Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals. He also litigates cases in other jurisdictions throughout the midwest. 

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Memberships & Activities

Professional Associations 

  • Iowa Association for Justice
    • On the Board of Govenors
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Education & Background


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2002 J. D.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 1999 B.S.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 2002
  • United States District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2002
  • Uinted States District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2002
  • Uunited States Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit, 2011

Representative Cases

This is a small representation of Attorney Cory Gourley's recent case results:

Recent Case Results

$1,137,500 for Parents of Young Woman Killed in Fall from Balcony:   Parent's of young lady killed in a fall from a balcony awarded a total of 1,137,500 by a Polk County jury.

GRL Law Obtains $150,000 Settlement for Injured Driver:   A driver injured in a low speed rear end collision was paid $150,000 by the insurance company.

Insurance Company Pays $95,000 to Woman Bitten in the Arm by a Vicious Dog:   Insurance company pays 95,000 to woman attacked by dog with scarring to arm

GRL Law obtains $85,000 settlement for Bicyclist:   A woman who was hit by a car receives $85,000 from insurance company of driver

Jury Verdict of $130,000 for Injuries Sustained in Car Accident:   A Polk County Jury concluded that GRL Law's client should be compensated just under $130,000 for injuries sustained in car accident.

Woman paid $75,000 for Head Injury Sustained at Grocery Store:   Woman was hit in the head by debris from a mower at a grocery store receives $75,000 settlement.

GRL Client who Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury receives settlement in excess of $730,000:   Resolved a car accident claim with an insurance company and estate of a deceased prior to filing lawsuit

$3,190,852 Verdict in Federal Court- Holtkamp et al., v. Venture One, Inc.:   GRL Law recovered more than 3.1 million dollars for the Plaintiffs

Engineering Malpractice:   $212,000 A settlement for a developer from a engineering firm...

Faulty Bridge at a Golf Course Resulted in Injuries:   $120,000 Settlement for a broken arm and injured shoulder...

Injuries Suffered by a Dog Bite to a Child:   $130,000 Injuries suffered by a child...

Motor Vehicle Accident - Broken Bones:   $100,000 Recovery for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle...

GRL Law Obtains Record Verdict of $1.75 million reduced to under 1.2 Million for Comparative Fault:   GRL Law Obtains Record Verdict


Restored My Faith in Lawyers:   After 45 years of dealing with both plaintiff and defense attorneys as a casualty insurance adjuster, I had become somewhat disenchanted with the whole legal process prior to Mr. Gourley completely restoring my faith in the system.

One of the best attorneys in Iowa:   I have been working with Mr. Gourley for the past 10 years...

Good Lawyer, Responsible, and Hard Working!:   Cory was my lawyer a few years back, now I might be needing him again...

Cory Gourley, integrity, patience and professionalism, only way to discribe this lawyer:   My case was a tough, post-divorce custody modification. Hard as it gets...

Other Blog Entries By This Author

How Much is My Car Accident Settlement Worth?:   A car accident claim in Iowa is going to be worth somewhere between zero dollars and tens of millions. It is very, very situational.

Right is Right: Why Left hand Turns are so Dangerous and Right hand turns are Much Safer:   Left hand Turns are the cause of the majority of serious car and truck accidents in the US and minimizing them will make the roadways safer.

How to Find a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer:   The most important thing for traumatic brain injuries and traumatic injuries of any sort is experience and results. If an attorney has done lots of these cases, they're going to have the expertise generally necessary to litigate these cases.

Convicted Sex Offender Ordered To Pay Survivor $127 Million By Polk County Jury:   GRL Law helps secure justice for sexual assault survivor by obtaining a jury verdict and judgment that will follow the offender around for the rest of his life.

To Sue or Not to Sue?:   What are the considerations that go into deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit or settle with the insurance company?